Plan your visit

Note: We are not currently accommodating in-person research requests during COVID-19. The information below will apply after these restrictions have been lifted.

NAHA welcomes scheduled visits for archival research. Due to our limited staffing, we normally cannot accommodate drop-in researchers. Please schedule your appointment several days in advance by emailing or calling 507-786-3450. 

Parking and Arrival

The most convenient parking is in the large lot in front of Buntrock Commons, which is connected to Rølvaag Memorial Library. Enter the main (west) doors, go to the second floor, and follow the signs to Rølvaag Memorial Library.

Group Visits

Research space is limited, so let us know if you will be bringing additional people. To arrange a non-research visit for a group, email or call 507-786-3221.

Visiting Northfield

If you are coming from out of town, make sure you leave time to check out the best of Northfield.

St. Olaf College

St. Olaf College regularly hosts events, such as athletics, worship experiences, music performances, and other activities that are open to the public. There are also several dining options open to the public on the St. Olaf campus.

Northfield Historical Society

408 Division Street, (507) 645-9268

The NHS has permanent exhibits featuring the James-Younger Gang Bank Raid on the First National Bank of Northfield as well as temporary exhibits. 

Northfield Convention and Visitors Bureau

19 Bridge Square, (800) 658-2548

The Visitors Bureau offers a number of self-guided tours and itineraries detailing the history of Northfield, St. Olaf College, and Carleton College. Tour guides are available for larger groups when planned in advance. The CVB also lists recommendations for restaurants, hotels, and transportation in the Northfield area.

Northfield Arts Guild

304 Division Street, (507) 645-8877

The Northfield Arts Guild is a nonprofit arts center that engages audiences in programming in theater, music, visual arts, and art classes. The Guild maintains a gallery and gift shop, featuring handmade artwork by over 100 member artists, many of whom are local.

Flaten Art Museum

Main Floor, Center for Art and Dance, 1520 St. Olaf Ave., (507) 786-3556

St. Olaf’s art museum houses student exhibitions, faculty sabbatical works, and curated exhibitions from around the world. The museum is free and open to the public (except during the summer, holidays, and other college breaks).

Perlman Teaching Museum

Weitz Center for Creativity, 320 Third St., (507) 222-4469

As a “teaching museum” on the campus of Carleton College, the Perlman emphasizes the role that art plays in posing questions about life. Exhibitions examine how artworks give aesthetic form to ideas, and spark conversations between and across disciplines. The museum is free and open to the public during academic terms (closed during college spring & winter breaks, and during the summer).