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Northfield Historical Society

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Address: 408 Division St. S, Northfield, MN 55057
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+1 507-645-9268
10:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The Northfield Historical Society cares for the historic First National...

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 leading to the end of the James-Younger Gang. During the weekend after Labor Day each year, a live reenactment of the bank robbery takes place on the street. Additional gallery space in the museum explores a variety of local history topics that make Northfield a unique mid-western town. **GUIDED BANK TOURS** daily tours Memorial Day - Labor Day; Saturday tours Apr-May and Sep-Nov.

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Very informative and nice displays. Pretty neat to see original site of bank that they tried to rob! Would definitely recommend stopping here and was only $5 per adult for... read more

Reviewed 22 January 2017
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Reviewed 22 January 2017

Very informative and nice displays. Pretty neat to see original site of bank that they tried to rob! Would definitely recommend stopping here and was only $5 per adult for admission!

Thank 472connier
Bryans Road, Maryland
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Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

We stopped in during our walk through Northfield. Museum focused mostly on Jesse James and the first National Bank robbery. Admission is $5 for adults and there is a gift shop too. The museum has a 10 minute film on Jesse James that was interesting.

Thank Jeff K
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Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

I've wanted to visit this event several years and finally went this one. Im a history person so this definitely appealed to me. I'm glad to say I wasn't disappointed. The Historical Society has a lot of interesting things on display regarding the attempted bank robbery and other items about the town/area that are also interesting. The reenactments are also... More 

Thank Todd G
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed 13 December 2016

I LOVED this museum! We got there just as a tour was starting and the tour guide was informative and engaged and retold the story as if he were there. There were maps and photos to orient you to the historic tale of the attempted bank robbery. The bank stands as it did back in the 1800's and you get... More 

Thank shoelu
Aurora, Colorado
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Reviewed 20 September 2016

We saw this on American West documentary and just had to see it for ourselves. It was an OK display but nothing great.

Thank Whateveryousaydear03
Brazil, Indiana
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Reviewed 13 September 2016

I was glad that we toured the bank during Jesse James Days. Since we did it before the bank robbery reenactment, we knew what it looked like inside...which is essentially the same as it was on the day the actual attempted robbery occurred. You can even see the bank register as it appeared on the date of the robbery. Be... More 

Thank Sally S
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Reviewed 7 August 2016

Museum focuses on James and Younger gang robbery of Bank in Northfield. Bank is setup as it was in 1876. There are other displays as well including historical photos.

Thank dkmWisconsin
Merrill, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 7 July 2016

Certainly worth the $5 admission to learn a bit about the Franker/Younger raid on Northfield. The young lady who walked us through the bank was a high school student who volunteers at the museum, She did a better job as a storyteller relating the events than many adults I have encountered at other places. Although there are a couple of... More 

Thank armydad79
Carmel, Indiana
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Reviewed 3 July 2016

fully restored museum of the bank where the James/Younger gang failed robbery attempt in Northfield, as depicted in the movie "the Long Riders"

Thank madmax1965
Arlington, Tennessee
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Reviewed 21 June 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed the 2 gentlemen's account of the Jesse James bank robbery. Saw the bank as it was on that infamous day, even stood on the original hardwood floors. I love history so it was fascinating to learn about this terrible group of bank robbers. Glad I did it!

Thank Lori P

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