Located on the Dakota County Fairgrounds, Dakota City Heritage Village is a living history museum and five-acre village that includes 22 buildings dating to the early 1900s. Visitors have the opportunity to experience Minnesota's rural past with costumed interpreters and demonstrations.
Dakota City Heritage Village Museum
Ahlberg Heritage Center, the onsite museum, offers an opportunity for families to explore deeper. It contains over 10,000 artifacts from the time period. Find More Twin Cities Historic Sites Here.
Public Events at Dakota City
While the village is not regularly open to the public, it hosts events throughout the year that help visitors learn about rural life in the previous century. During these events, visitors can learn how residents lived and obtained the necessary food, clothing and shelter; how they interacted socially. Find upcoming events here.
For your child who loves historical fiction, the village offers an old-fashioned birthday party package. Kids can choose to play dress up in 1900s era clothing; learn and play old-fashioned games and hands-on activities; tour some of the buildings and to learn more about life in 1900. You can also bring your own birthday cake to eat in the old-fashioned drugstore with ice cream supplied by Dakota City.
For more birthday party ideas like this: Twin Cities Birthday Parties for Kids: Discovery
Dakota City Youth Summer Camps
Dakota City offers a Master Apprentice Teen Camp and a Junior Apprentice Camp each summer. Find up-to-date information in our annual summer camp guide.