Dakota City – Where the Past is Present.

About Us

Dakota City Heritage Village is a 1900-era village and museum dedicated to connecting people to the rural past. Located in Farmington, Minnesota, just 30 minutes south of the Twin Cities on the Dakota County Fairgrounds, our five-acre site includes 22 buildings where visitors experience living history firsthand with costumed interpreters and demonstrations. Ahlberg Heritage Center, our museum, houses more than 10,000 artifacts depicting social and rural history with an emphasis on agriculture. Events throughout the year focus on rural life 100+ years ago, including how residents met their needs for food, clothing, shelter, and social connection. School programs are scheduled throughout the spring and fall, and various group tours are offered. In addition, buildings at Dakota City are available to rent for weddings, family gatherings, and organization events.

Become a donor or sponsor today!

We are 100% community funded and graciously appreciate your help.

Volunteer


Volunteers are the bedrock of Dakota City. Get involved today!

Village Tour


Learn about our historical buildings with our new online tour.

Admission


Event prices vary. See Events page for details.

Hours


Office hours:

Monday 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Tuesday 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Friday 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Village tours are scheduled by appointment only.

The Village is open to the public during events. See Events page for details.

Accessibility


Dakota City Heritage Village is constantly working to improve accessibility while maintaining historical accuracy. We have improved building thresholds and eliminated unnecessary stoops and steps. We have also constructed or modified ramps to provide greater accessibility to visitors.
We strongly recommend that anyone with concerns about accessibility have one or more adults to assist them while touring.

Photographer Information


Photographers are welcome on the Dakota City grounds when there are no other events or tours scheduled. A photographer’s pass must be obtained from the Dakota County Agricultural Society for anyone (professionals or amateurs) to take pictures in the Village. Please call the Ag Society office at 651-463-6900 for more photographer pass information.

Location

Dakota city is located 30 minutes south of the Twin Cities on the Dakota County Fairgrounds in Farmington, Minnesota.

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