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Northfield Historical Society Museum

Address: Northfield, MN
Phone Number: (507) 645-9268
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Type: History museums, Historic sites, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: History museums, Historic sites, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
Hours:
Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Northfield Minnesota
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12 reviews 12 reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The museum offers wonderful displays illustrating the history of Northfield and highlights the pivotal event when the infamous James-Younger Gang was defeated by the heroic citizens. Situated in the carefully restored bank where the attempted robbery took place. The museum store contains a delightful array of fascinating gifts and souvenirs.

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Florida
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39 reviews 39 reviews
7 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

The museum is small but worth a visit. Our grandkids, ages 9,11,14, didn't want to go but were engrossed after we saw the video and took the tour. It's an interesting story, I hadn't realized the significance of the robbery and the impact it had on the James gang. And the town has a nice quaint main street. Try Hogan... More 

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Tampa, Florida, United States
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296 reviews 296 reviews
89 attraction reviews
130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

It is an interesting stop, well worth $4. We had lunch across the street at Hogan's. This is a cute small town!

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Minneapolis
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442 reviews 442 reviews
149 attraction reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

They have many static exhibits such as a saddle, numerous guns (hand held and shot guns) and story boards to recount how the robbery occurred. The bathroom was worth the price of admission and they probably need some screens there to show a movie or something to captivate the younger crowd. The 2 early teen boys at the front desk... More 

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Mount Vernon, Ohio
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109 reviews 109 reviews
11 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

Knew all about Northfield's claim to fame before I went and that is thwarting the James brothers and the Dalton gang as they tried to rob the bank. Killed a couple and caught the Dalton's but the James brothers escaped. The museum was nice - very small but I understood there was better historical artifacts in the basement. You have... More 

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Brooklyn New York, USA
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24 reviews 24 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

This is a tiny museum dedicated almost entirely to the James-Younger Gang’s attempted Northfield bank robbery of 1876. The museum is the bank itself, original vault and all, as well as the adjoining building. There’s a great collection of old photos of the major players from the robbery story, as well as guns from the era, and a bunch of... More 

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Tecumseh, Oklahoma
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

The tour of the bank at Northfield was very interesting. Gave you a better look at how thing were when they tried to rob the bank. After going to Liberty, MO and seeing the bank there it just showed how far they rode to try and rob Northfield's bank. Enjoyed very much.

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Hell, Norway
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97 reviews 97 reviews
36 attraction reviews
286 helpful votes 286 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

I first read about Northfield in a Jesse James children's book when I was about 7. I was on the other side of the world, but never forgot about it. Almost 40 years later, I finally made it here - and am so glad I made the drive. The museum curators - with a huge amount of luck on their... More 

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Midwest
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209 reviews 209 reviews
38 attraction reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

A very nice little talk/tour about the notorious Jesse James gang bank robbery in Northfield with great memorabilia and pictures. There was also a display of vintage band instruments to coincide with the Vintage Band Festival being held in town.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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39 reviews 39 reviews
4 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

History buffs will love this. A tour of james younger gangs hold up. Original building and many authentic artifacts from the event. Bullet scars to pistols. Its all here. The best part was our guide, who was dressed in period costume and gave us a very detailed tour of events. She really made it come alive. The whole town is... More 

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