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Northfield Historical Society Museum

Northfield, MN
(507) 645-9268
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Ranked #3 of 7 Attractions in Northfield
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Museums
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Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Museums
Hours:
Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Florida
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39 reviews 39 reviews
7 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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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283 reviews 283 reviews
89 attraction reviews
119 helpful votes 119 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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404 reviews 404 reviews
134 attraction reviews
119 helpful votes 119 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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107 reviews 107 reviews
11 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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23 reviews 23 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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95 reviews 95 reviews
35 attraction reviews
277 helpful votes 277 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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182 reviews 182 reviews
33 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 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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38 reviews 38 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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Northfield, Minnesota
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

This museum has come a long way from when I was a girl. The museum itself is fascinating. It includes a carefully reconstructed bank teller's counter of faux wood grain, (back in the day, hiring an artist to paint pine to look like oak was cheaper than buying the oak!) and the original bank safe so heroically guarded by Joseph... More 

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