• Harkin Store - New Ulm, Minnesota

      Photo by Peter Thody
      Opened in 1867 by Scottish immigrants Alexander and Janet Harkin, this characterful store became the hub of social and business life as the community of West Newton flourished thanks to the steamboat trade. Just six years later though, the railroad bypassed town and locusts descended on southern Minnesota, sounding the death knell of the store. It finally closed for business in 1901, remaining untouched until reopening as a museum in 1938.

      If you go:
      Members of the Minnesota Historical Society are on hand to explain the full history of the place. The store is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day (closed Mondays), and weekends throughout May, September and the first three weekends in October. Opening hours are 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for children.


      66250 County Road 21
      New Ulm, Minnesota 56073 USA

      Phone Numbers:

      +1 (507) 354-8666

      +1 (507) 934-2160