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.
Dakota city is located 30 minutes south of the Twin Cities on the Dakota County Fairgrounds in Farmington, Minnesota.
Tours are scheduled by appointment only.
open to the public events – see specific page for dates and times
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 him or her while touring.
Photographers are welcome on the Dakota City grounds when there are no other events or tours scheduled. A photographer’s pass, obtained from the Dakota County Agricultural Society, is needed for professional or amateurs to take pictures in the Village. Once you have your pass, please call our office at 651-460-8387 to see what is scheduled for the day. Please call the Ag Society office at 651-463-6900 for photographer pass information.