Historical Museum


The Mahnomen County Historical Society was organized in 1981. The initial goal, which still holds true today, is to "collect, preserve and interpret" artifacts, collections and information concerning the history of Mahnomen County.

2014 Special  Exhibits:

June 22 - "Honoring the Pioneers & Elders of the Community"

Samuel Memorial Episcopal Cemetery Walk, Naytahwaush

1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Lunch will be served - no charge

Stop by, walk the cemetery and hear the re-enactors tell the stories of the elders and pioneers of the area.


August -  "Inventors, Innovators & Entrepreneurs"

Minnesota Historic Northwest will be sponsoring a traveling exhibit at the museum entitled, "Inventors, Innovators & Entrepreneurs" Frances Keahna and Dr. Wm. F. Kerssen will be highlighted from this area. This is an exhibit you won't want to miss!


Also throughout the season we will be exhibiting bridal finery and also "Minnesota In the Civil War." Many soldiers from the Reservation served in the Union Army.  Very interesting exhibit with items on loan from the Minnesota Military Museum.

The B. C. NESS MAHNOMEN COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM contains many interesting exhibits, including:

  • Country School
  • Country Kitchen
  • Schermerborn Farms (Mahnomen County's Bonanza Farms of the early 1900's)
  • Native American exhibit
  • Agricultural display
  • Rotating displays throughout the season

Read about Mahnomen County history here.

Country School Exhibit


Moonshine in Mahnomen County Exhibit
 During the years of Prohibition, moonshining was common.
Most of the time, moonshine was made for private use.


Located on Main Street in Mahnomen.

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Mahnomen County Historical Society
P. O. Box 123, Mahnomen, MN  56557

Museum Phone: 218-936-5083

Contact person:  Joanie Kramer, Curator
Cell Phone:
Home Phone:  218-935-5701
E-mail:  jkramer45@arvig.net

Open: Memorial Day - Labor Day weekends
Hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday - Noon to 4:00 p.m.

Admission is $2. Free to members and 10-year pledge signers and their guests.

More information on the museum available here.



Mahnomen County Courthouse, 311 N. Main Street, Mahnomen, MN  56557-0379 | Phone: 218-935-5669 | Fax: 218-936-5656 | Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday

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