The mission of the Northfield Historical Society is to connect individuals to the history

of the Northfield area by collecting, preserving, and sharing its unique stories.

Visit Us

408 Division Street

Northfield, MN 55057

Phone number: 507-645-9268

Fax number: 507-663-6080


     Monday – Saturday 10 am to 4 pm

Sundays 1 pm to 4 pm


    Museum Visits with Guides Only

   Weekends beginning May 30

Saturdays: 11 to 2:30 pm

Sundays: 1 to 3:30 pm

Weekdays beginning June 15


$5 – Adults

$4 – Seniors (65+)

$3 – Students

$2 – Children (6 to 12)

Free – Children under 6

Free – NHS Members




Visiting the Museum: 

What You Need To Know

We are all living in a much different world than we were several months ago. Businesses have had to adapt to a new way of doing things and so has the museum. The following tips will help you know what to expect before you plan your next visit to our museum.

1. For now, all museum visitors must be on a guided tour. Guided tours will be available for groups of 10 or less to allow for social distancing. Guides will be available to tell the story of the raid on weekends beginning May 30 and weekdays beginning June 15. 

2. Much of the story of the 1876 raid will be told outdoors. Tours will have a chance to see the interior of the bank. At this time, tour groups will not be going into the museum.

3. The museum store will remain closed to shoppers but online ordering and curbside pick up will be available. Orders made during tour hours will be fulfilled immediately.

4. More of the museum may open for tours as the summer goes on. The staff and Board of Directors is taking a cautious approach to our reopening. We strive to keep our staff, volunteers, and visitors safe.

COVID-19 Archive Project

During this global pandemic, NHS is encouraging you and your kids to keep journals recording your thoughts and responses, fears and adaptations to what’s taking place. Then when this event is behind us, please consider donating your journals to the historical society. We want to create an archive of how our local community dealt with this inter-   national crisis. No one has seen such a pandemic since the Spanish Flu over 100 years ago and our future generations will want to know not just what happened at a national or state level but how we all felt about it. Write it down! It may be therapeutic for you but it will     certainly be a gift to future generations!

History is happening now and we are ALL a part of it!



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It's time to reveal this week's Whats-it Wednesday item! This weeks object is a darning egg, circa 1940s. Darning eggs are used to repair clothing such as socks. How many of you have used or still use darning eggs? ... See MoreSee Less

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It's time for Whats-it Wednesday! This week's item is pictured below, leave your best guess as to the identity of the mystery object in our collection and tune in later today for the answer! ... See MoreSee Less

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It's time to reveal the identity of today's mystery object! The object pictured earlier today is in our database as a flywheel wrench. This tool came to us from the family of Harold Nelson and was used by Harold in his garage on Division Street. Harold Nelson Service operated from 1933 until it was auctioned in 1981. Thanks for playing, check out our page next Wednesday for a new mystery object! ... See MoreSee Less

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Now that our Storyteller series is over we will be introducing a new series! Today is Whats-it Wednesday, we will feature an object from our collection and invite everyone to guess what the object is in the comments, bonus points if you've ever used the object! Here is today's object (the identity will be revealed later today): ... See MoreSee Less

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Tonight would have been our annual Hops, Grapes and History fundraising event. But we're making the best of it - thank you to our virtual trivia teams. Play along from home, and donate if you are able at ... See MoreSee Less

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What Visitors Are Saying about the Northfield Historical Society

Visited with teenagers. They enjoyed the variety of explanations including a video orientation. Well done! Great restoration and presentation of a time after the Civil War when times were still turbulent.
Richard J., Gainesville, Georgia

We really enjoyed seeing this museum. They kept the actual bank part of it as it was when Jesse James and friends tried to abscond with the money. The film was very informative and we left feeling that we well understood what took place.
Kelly B.

Certainly worth the $5 admission…The young lady who walked us through the bank was a high school student who volunteers at the museum, She did a better job as a storyteller relating the events than many adults…
Trip Advisior

Three of the four of us [on the tour] are James historians, with one of us a person who works at the James Farm and two of us are James writers. We found the tour to be accurate and well done by our tour guide.
Elizabeth J. Lexington, Missouri

The Historical Society was very well done. There was a $5.00 entry fee and it was worth it. We watched a film on Jesse James and read more about him. It also had a room describing Malt o Meal. It’s worth the stop.
Via Trip Advisor

This is not your typical “any town” Historical Society Museum…
Annie T. - Yelp