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Northfield Historical Society

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The Historical Society was very well done. There was a $5.00 entry fee and it was worth it. We... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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We really enjoyed seeing this museum. They kept the actual bank part of it as it was when Jesse... read more

Reviewed August 27, 2018
Kelly B
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The Northfield Historical Society cares for the historic First National Bank building that the James-Younger Gang attempted to rob on September 7, 1876. The museum tells the story of the brave citizens who fought Jesse James and the other robbers...more
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
408 Division St S, Northfield, MN 55057-2018
+1 507-645-9268
Most Helpful Positive Review
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...More

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Reviewed June 15, 2012

Northfield has two wonderful colleges and a thriving Main Street. Tucked away on the corner, not far from their post office is the Museum. It is ok, and if you have some time in Northfield it is worth the stop. Dont expect to much, but...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

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.

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Reviewed August 27, 2018

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.

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Reviewed August 15, 2018

Stopped by the Northfield Historical Society museum and took the tour of the bank that Jame's gang attempted to rob. The tour is a must, it's lead by volunteer college students. The museum is nice, but very limited exhibits. Opens at 10AM (Monday-Saturday) and 1PM...More

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Reviewed August 8, 2018

nice young man gave us a tour of the bank. the whole jesse james and the bank robbery was very cute; nice for the town to commemorate

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Reviewed August 7, 2018

Three of the four of us 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 down by our tour guide. The gal working...More

Thank Elizabeth J
Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

The historical society is located within the back that the James Gang hit during their infamous raid. The museum is affordable and offers a lot of information about the event and the area. The gift store is fun and well stocked and the staff are...More

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Reviewed July 30, 2018

The museum is worth your time to visit when in town! You will not be disappointed and will learn how everything that could go wrong for the gang happened on that day. Our guide was very informative and you have time after the tour to...More

Thank Louise C
Reviewed July 23, 2018

For people like me who enjoy history this was great. Our guide was very dapper dressed in 1800's attire and was also a member of the reenactment team that puts on re-creations of the bank robbery each year. This was not just an overview of...More

Thank Richard G
Reviewed July 22, 2018 via mobile

I think that this is a great and so informative! Everything is done so well and worth the visit if you are in Northfield!

Thank 493alanar
Reviewed March 5, 2018 via mobile

Our guide was very knowledgeable and knew how to handle children well. It was fun learning more about Northfield history

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Thomas T
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Response from Louise C | Reviewed this property |
September 6-9 as actual robbery happened on the 7 th. Go to their site for times. Also I believe you have to buy a five dollar button to enter the area of hold up. Check out their web site for more information.