About the Society

The Nobles County Historical Society (NCHS) was the outgrowth of an Old Settlers Picnic September 10, 1933, in the Chautauqua Pavilion. Plans were soon under way 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.

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.

How to find us:

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, looking for historical information or wanting to donate artifacts pertaining to Nobles County history.

Our office and museum hours are Tuesday through Friday from 12:30 pm to 4 pm. As we have limited staff who sometimes have to be elsewhere, please call (507) 376-4431 in advance to ensure someone will be on hand for your visit.

Pioneer Village is open during the warm weather months from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Hours are 9 am to 5 pm Thursday and Friday and 10 am to 3 pm Saturday; or other times by appointment for groups of 5 or more.