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Harkin Store Historic Site

P.O. Box 112, Hwy 21, New Ulm, MN 56073
507-354-8666; 507-934-2160
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Ranked #9 of 17 Attractions in New Ulm
Type: Shops, Historic Sites
Description: Old-fashioned general store from the late 1800s.
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Minneapolis
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71 reviews 71 reviews
35 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

The Harkin Store is a unique place, a general store and post office with much of its' original stock still intact. It's hard to imagine the little town that once was, but the costumed guides will gladly give the history and explain all of the things in the store. My children enjoyed a game of checkers on a 114-year old... More

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New Ulm, Minnesota, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

I love to visit the Harkin Store while riding the scenic "bottom road" in summer. My family used to shop there back in the late 1800's so it's part of my family history. The music and other activities add to the fun.

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Minnesota
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39 reviews 39 reviews
19 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Small museum that has lots of special events on many weekends during the summer. Niot open in the off season

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Embarrass, Minnesota
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

A beautiful drive a few miles outside of New Ulm along the river begins the trip back in time. This store is filled with authentic and much ORIGINAL goods from the late 1800s. The store clerk was extremely friendly and chatted with both my children about life in the time period. She was happy to show us glasses, sewing supplies,... More

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Big Lake, Minnesota
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12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

Enjoyed the friendly staff who explained the history of the Harkin Store. Great little gift shop. Portapotties if you must (and we did). A brief but enjoyable stop. Minnesota Historical Societ members get in free.

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Woodbury, Minnesota
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

It's original, all right. Many itmes in this store are from the original store back in the late 1800s. We had an elderly man who was the tour guide and he explained many things to us and answered all our questions, too. Very much worth the trip there.

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New Ulm, Minnesota
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

This is a cool little place. There is much history packed into one little shop. Depending on the weekend you go, you will find ice cream, or whittlers, or story telling, quilting. Place literally looks like someone just walked out of the door one day 100 years ago and now they opened it back up. Beautiful drive to the site.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013 via mobile

It was interesting, but not as great as we had hoped. Story telling was good. Not much to see. Not young child friendly.

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Andover, Minnesota
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52 reviews 52 reviews
13 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

Don't miss this site. It is very well maintained. The docent was very knowledgeable. The attached store has lovely hand-made items for sale.

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New Ulm, Minnesota, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

I loved how much stuff was packed into this place! And it's not just general stuff, you can see hand written notices from names of real people who are still well known! I just wish the woman giving the tour was a bit more friendly to us..

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