Visit the Brown County Historical Society


BCHS Members have FREE admission

Adults: $7.00

Seniors: $5.00 (65+)

Students: $4.00 (5-18 years old)

Children: FREE (4 years old and under)



Tuesday – Friday: 10:00am to 4:00pm

Saturday: 10:00am to 3:00pm

The Research Library is closed 12:00pm-1:00pm Tuesday – Friday


A designated parking space and wheelchair entrance are located at the back of the museum in the parking lot. There is a wheelchair lift and elevator inside the museum. The back door is kept locked, so please ring the doorbell or call the museum at 507-233-2616.

About Us

History of the Brown County Historical Society

The Brown County Historical Society was founded on May 29, 1930, with Fred Johnson as its first president. In an effort to preserve the county’s history, the founding members of the society began collecting artifacts to stock a museum building. In 1935, New Ulm began constructing a new library building, and in 1937, the New UIm Library and Museum opened with the library on the first floor and the museum in the basement. In 1984, the museum moved into its current location.

Museum Building

The Brown County Historical Society occupies a very distinctive building in New Ulm – the former New Ulm Post Office. The building was built 1909-1910 in Brick Renaissance style. The Post Office occupied the building from 1910 until 1976. The building was then acquired by Brown County, and both the county and the City of New Ulm helped renovate the structure as a museum for the Brown County Historical Society. The historical society moved into the building in 1984.

Outside Links

Brown County Historical Society Chapters

Sleepy Eye Area Historical Society // The Sleepy Eye Area Historical Society operates the Sleepy Eye Depot Museum and is open  May – November. Wednesday – Saturday 10am-4pm. Contact them for exact seasonal opening and closing dates.

Wanda Gag House Association The Wanda Gag House is a chapter of the Brown County Historical Society and a immensely valuable tourist and educational attraction in its own right. The house is usually open May – November (check site for the opening and closing each season). Tours available year-round by appointment 507-359-2632 Saturdays 10 am-4 pm and Sundays  11 am-2 pm.

Friends of the Brown County Historical Society + Interesting Links

New Ulm Public Library // We often co-host events with the public library including speakers, author visits, and children’s programming. Open Monday – Thursday 9:30 am – 8 pm Friday – Saturday 9:30 am – 5 pm

Springfield Area Historical Society // Springfield Area Historical Society is open during the summer on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, and by appointment only January through May.

New Ulm Chamber of Commerce // The New Ulm Chamber of Commerce is an excellent resource for information about the city of New Ulm as well as up-and-coming events. They host and plan many major events throughout the year as well as setting up city wide tours for groups.

Sleepy Eye Chamber of Commerce // The Sleepy Eye Area Chamber of Commerce & CVB is the best place to find a member or business in the Sleepy Eye MN area. They also have information on events in the Sleepy Eye area and other attractions.

Springfield Minnesota Chamber of Commerce // For information on Springfield area businesses and events, look no further than the Springfield Chamber of Commerce.