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

Monday – Friday: 10 to 2:30 pm 

  Saturdays: 11 to 3 pm

Sundays: 1 to 3 pm


$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. 

2. Much of the story of the 1876 raid will be told outdoors. Groups will have the opportunity to briefly walk through the museum with the guide. 

3. The museum store is open to five or fewer shoppers at a time. Items may be ordered via our online store with curbside pickup available. 

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!


Virtual 5K/ 15K Run 

    August 30 – September 11


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It's time to reveal our Whats-it Wednesday item! This week we feature a 25 gallon Red Wing Stoneware crock. Crocks have been used for centuries to ferment and preserve food items. Although virtually any food can be preserved via this method, pickled vegetables are one of the most common. Very large crocks like the one featured were typically used to produce sauerkraut. Thanks for playing, follow us and check back next week for another #whatsitwednesay! ... See MoreSee Less

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It's time for Whats-it Wednesday! This week's item might appear obvious to some so here's a twist: what was traditionally made in this item and who has used or still knows how to use one of these? Check back later to find out! ... See MoreSee Less

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It's time to reveal our Whats-it Wednesday item! This week we've featured a counterfeit coin detector. These devices were used in the mid-nineteenth century to measure the weight and size of gold coins. Coins were more widely used than paper currency at that time and, like today's paper money, were often counterfeited. Coins could be counterfeited by changing the metal content. A coin made of a less valuable metal could be coated with gold or silver and passed as genuine currency. These detectors were a way to uncover and prevent the passage of bogus currency. Thanks for playing, check back next week for another edition of #WhatsitWednesday! ... See MoreSee Less

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It's time for Whats-it Wednesday! Here is today's object, be sure to leave your best guesses in the comments and like, share, and follow us for more Northfield history content! Check back later today for the reveal of this week's #WhatsitWednesday item! ... See MoreSee Less

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2 weeks ago

Arthur Hoyle

Followers and members may be interested in the chapter on Thorstein Veblen from my recently published non-fiction book "Mavericks,Mystics, and Misfits: Americans Against the Grain." Book is available from Sunbury Press, your local bookstore, and Amazon, which provides a Look Inside and reviews. ... 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