Street Address
4008 220th St W
Farmington, MN 55024
Mailing Address
Farmington, MN 55024
phone: 651-460-8050
By appointment only due to being staffed by volunteers.
None when there are not any events going on in the village, otherwise there is a gate admission depending on the event.
Museum Type(s)
Group Tours
Alisa Peterson, Education/Coordinator
phone: 651-460-8050
Pearl Shirley, Board member
phone: 651-460-8050


Dakota City Heritage Village is a 1900-era village and museum dedicated to connecting people to the rural past. Dakota City is a non-profit organization that welcomes anyone interested in preserving the past for today and tomorrow.


Dakota City Heritage Village will collect and preserve rural agricultural heritage in Dakota County through living history interpretation, education, and the collection, preservation, and exhibition of information, objects and buildings.


Our five-acre site includes 22 buildings where visitors experience living history firsthand with costumed interpreters and demonstrations. Events throughout the year focus on rural life 100 years ago including how residents met their needs for food,clothing, shelter, and social connection.

Artifacts Collections

Ahlberg Heritage Center, our museum, houses more than 10,000 artifacts depicting social and rural history, with an emphasis on agriculture.

Educational Programs

Dakota City provides a number of education programs providing personal experiences with history for students.
School Visit Programs - Educational programs are available for elementary school classes. There are three programs:

  • Hands-On History -(K - 1st grade) This 90-minute program may include: * Helping with chores outside at the Harris House * Gathering eggs and shopping at the General Store * Touching blacksmith items * Using writing slates in the School
  • One-Room School House - (2nd - 5th grade) This 4-hour program includes: * Two hours in the School, learning 1900-era lessons as they were taught in rural schools * Play old fashioned-games outdoors * Eat their brown bag lunch in the Drug Store * Have a 75-minute tour of eight buildings in The Village.
  • Village Experience - (grades 2 and up) School tours of The Village are available, with tours designed to meet the age and interests of the group attending.
  • Typically, the program takes one and one-half hours and students visit about nine buildings in The Village and participate in two hands-on activities.


As follows:

  • Quarterly newsletter.
  • Party Line Newsletter


Wheelchair Accessible


Group Tours