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Address: 66250 Co Rd 21, New Ulm, MN 56073
Phone Number: 507-354-8666; 507-934-2160
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Old-fashioned general store from the late 1800s.

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Went to see the store as a side trip. It was interesting to see what people would come to the store for back then. If more light was added, it would take away from the history... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 1, 2015
J H
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Bloomington, Minnesota

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Bloomington, Minnesota
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

Went to see the store as a side trip. It was interesting to see what people would come to the store for back then. If more light was added, it would take away from the history. The visit could be enhanced by a better illustration of what was on the river banks when the store was open. Overall, it was... More 

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Thank J H
Stillwater, Minnesota, United States
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

We stopped here driving between Fort Ridgely and New Ulm. While I wouldn't make a day of just visiting the store, it is a great stop if you are already in the area. It was especially so because we had just come from the Fort, so it was a continuation of what we had been learning about life on the... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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49 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

West Newton, Minnesota, was busy town in 1872. A year later, it had been bypassed by the railroad and it was all downhill after that. Remarkably, the Harkin Store survived. Better, about 40% of its original stock is still on the shelves. (The remaining merchandise are exact reproductions.) The woman who gives the tour can seem a bit brusque, but... More 

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Thank alleyraven
Lake Benton, Minnesota
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Poor lighting. It was difficult to see exhibits. There was to be a special setting for Christmas in July according to New Ulm Newspaper and there was nothing. We were so disappointed.

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Thank Betty J
Prior Lake, Minnesota
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19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

The store was fascinating, the staff were not. The first volunteer we met made darn sure none of us wandered further than the porch whie they ran my husband credit card. Not to worry as the volunteer inside seemed annoyed visitors had come and wasn't going to start regurgitation her memorized speech until everyone was in the store. IT was... More 

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Thank Anna G
Montrose, Minnesota
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

You must pay $6.00 to walk into this dark, dusty store, but the woman who works there knows her stuff. She can tell you just about anything you want to know about the area from 1850 to current times. Interesting finds, and inexpensive souvenirs for your children.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015 via mobile

The staff, dtessed in period attire, are extremely knowledegable about the Harkin Store's history, as well as the local events of the time.

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Thank Mndiane
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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25 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 via mobile

This place was a little hard to find from the maps. Google led us to a dead end. Follow the signs on the road. Workers at the museum are very knowledgeable about the history and period. The stuff they carried was very interesting. I wold recommend this attraction. Also visit New Ulm.

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Thank Jwbarton
Buffalo Lake Mn.
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9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

A very interesting old general store. On the Minnesota river, and a very scenic, winding, river road.

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Thank Frozeninmn79
Minneapolis
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157 reviews
68 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

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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