The Nobles County Historical Society (NCHS) was the outgrowth of an Old Settlers Picnic held in Chautauqua Pavilion on September 10, 1933. Plans were soon underway to preserve and display articles and papers of historic interest and value. Space was granted in the courthouse to store and display a few small artifacts. Others were stored in various places throughout the county awaiting a permanent location. The collection of artifacts was moved around from various locations until 1962 when a museum was established in the lower level of the Nobles County Library. The Library was remodeled in the 1996 and the museum space was reduced by 40 percent. The reference room and museum are located in the lower level of the library located at 4th Ave and 12 Street. The Society has a large collection of artifacts which it holds in trust for the citizens of Nobles County.

The museum and office are located at 407 12th St., Suite 2, Worthington, MN 56187. We are located on the lower level of the Library.  We welcome visitors and people doing family research and also people looking for historical information.

Please come and visit us, we will help you with your Genealogical or Historical research. We have a large library full of historical information and maps. We also have a growing collection of artifacts that can be seen in our small museum.

Our office and museum hours are Monday through Friday from 12:00 pm to 4:00pm.

Our Phone number is 507-376-4431
Our Email address is

Nobles County Pioneer Village

Hours, Fees, and Contact Information

Board of Directors

David Benson
Patrick Demuth

Margaret Erickson
Jerry Fiola

Art Frame
​Naomi Hill

Monica King VonHoltum

Jay Milbrandt

Jacoba Nagel
Shari Nelson

Alan Oberloh

Rod Sankey

Michael Vosburgh

Ron Wood

Sandy Wood

Mary Rydeen

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Nobles County Historical Society
"Dedicated to collecting, preserving and interpreting the history of Nobles County Minnesota."

The Pioneer Village is open to the general public from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and on other days by special arrangement. Hours are 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. on Sundays.

Parking is always free, and admissions are good for all day.

Admission Prices:

Adults $6.00
Ages 6-15 $1.00
Ages 5 & under Free
Seniors 90 & Over Free

Special group rates are also available for school groups.

Admission is free for members of the Nobles County Historical Society.Group Tours

We have a unique village dated around the early 1900’s. The grounds are available for a picnic at noon, if so desired. The months of May/June are open for school tours. The cost is $1.00 per student, teacher and adult attending.

Your students will experience the local history of our area. The stories they have read and studied will come alive as they step into the past: visiting a country school that is over one hundred years old, a sod house, country churches, railroad depot, farm houses and a jail house to name a few. Pioneer Village brochures are enclosed to share with the teachers. The Pioneer Village Gift Shop is available for souvenirs starting at $0.50.

Please call Nobles County Historical Museum for a reservation at 507-376-4431