Freeborn County Historical Museum, Library & Village1031 Bridge Ave N
Albert Lea, MN 56007
Established in 1948, the Freeborn County Historical Society consists of a museum, research library & village.
The Museum showcases over 40 exhibits featuring businesses, destinations and artifacts. The Museum features a turquoise truck owned by actress Marion Ross (Happy Days, That 70's Show, Spongebob Squarepants), who lived in Albert Lea for much of her youth as well as a large collection of artifacts and memorabilia from rockabilly guitarist and accomplished singer/songwriter Eddie Cochran (’Summertime Blues, ‘C’mon Everybody’).
The Village, with 18 buildings dating from the 1850s to the early 1900s takes you back to a time when eight grades were educated in one room, the general store covered needs not found in the vegetable garden, and one horse-power was a luxury. In addition to the historic buildings, the Village features a large collection of antique farming equipment.
Hours & Dates
- Wednesday: 10:00am - 4:00pm
- Thursday: 10:00am - 4:00pm
- Friday: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Wednesday - Friday 10am - 4pm
2nd Saturday of each month 11am - 3pm
Village Open May 1 - September 30, Wednesday - Friday from 10am-4pm.
Adults $7.50; Children 16 and under $2.00
Group Rates available
- Air quality improvements
- Eco-friendly purchasing practices
- Organic or local food & beverage choices
- Waste reduction/reuse/recycling
- Accessible to disabled
- Can accommodate groups of 45 or more
Meetings & Conferences
- Banquet facilities maximum capacity: 120
- Catering available
- Exhibit space (sq ft): 14000
- Facility accommodates meetings for 30 or more
- Largest meeting room (sq ft): 1600
- Meeting/convention facilities maximum capacity: 150
- Number of meeting rooms: 2