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



$5 – Adults

$4 – Seniors (65+)

$3 – Students

$2 – Children (6 to 12)

Free – Children under 6

Free – NHS Members

                  Yes, We’re Open!!

Hours: May                                 Hours:   June-August 

Monday   12 pm to 4 pm                                  Monday     10 am to 4 pm

Tuesday     12 pm to 4 pm                               Tuesday     10 am to 4 pm  

Wednesday   12 pm to 4 pm                           Wednesday     10 am to 4 pm

Thursday    10 am to 4 pm                               Thursday   10 am to 4 pm

Friday        10 am to 4 pm                                 Friday   10 am to 4 pm

Saturday    10 am to 4 pm                               Saturday 10 am to 4 pm

Sundays    Closed                                              Sunday   12 pm to 4 pm                        

2021 Calendar

May              1—Spring Hours Begin

June              11 —Cemetery Stories presented by SCOPE

                     TBD – Adventures of John North program  begins

August         TBD—Adventures of John North program  ends

September    8-12—DJJD

                        12—Outlaw Run 5K/15K Run-Walk



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Follow the link in this post to explore some of our photographic and archival collections! ... See MoreSee Less
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It's time to reveal this week's #WhatsitWednesday challenge! This week, in honor of Mother's Day, we're featuring the typewriter that was used by Nellie "Mom" Phillips! Nellie Phillips was born in 1887, the daughter of Northfield's first fire chief and Raid witness, Ross Phillips. In 1942 Nellie began writing letters to American servicemen overseas fighting in World War II. Nellie estimated she wrote 40 letters per week to "her boys" and many letters written back to "Mom" were published in the Northfield News. Nellie continued writing to servicemen until 1965. She died in 1972. Thanks for playing, and a very Happy Mother's Day to all moms out there this weekend! (Photo: Nellie Phillips, undated, courtesy Northfield Historical Society Collection) ... See MoreSee Less
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#WhatsitWednesday is back! Here is this week's item (Hint: it's a typewriter!) Guess what is unique about this item in the comments and check back later to get the whole story! ... See MoreSee Less
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Tired of losing your keys? Stop into the museum and pick up one of our hand-made key racks! These key racks feature an image of the Scriver Building, available in color or black and white. Limited quantities available, so pick one up before they're gone! ... 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