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B. C. Ness Mahnomen County Historical Museum
2016 Hours of Operation:  The Museum Opens May 21 for This Season
Noon to 4:00 p.m.  Every Friday, Saturday & Sunday.  

Following Labor Day, the museum is open by appointment until the end of October.

About Us

The Mahnomen County Historical Society is a 501(c)3 nonprofit charitable organization holding a membership with the Minnesota Historical Society since 1981.  We represent the communities of Mahnomen, Waubun, Bejou, Beaulieu and Naytahwaush. We have regular newsletters and regular monthly meetings. The BC Ness History Museum is open three afternoons a week during summer.  It is located at 116 N Main Street in Mahnomen. We welcome school groups by appointment. We have an extensive collection of the Mahnomen Pioneer newspaper on microfilm and are working toward digitizing other documents as funding allows. We actively look for grants and donations for operating funds and to make improvements in our displays.
The first meeting to begin the process of saving our local history was initiated by David McCollum in 1981. He became the first president of the organization. In the beginning, they began a museum in the basement of the Mahnomen County Courthouse. The building fund campaign began in 2004-2005, with the purchase of a building in 2006. The Historical Society membership has steadily grown to 300 members. The museum has become a feature of the community since it moved to the Main Street location. In 2007 the museum was named for one of our generous benefactors, B C Ness, whose trust now pays our monthly mortgage. This has freed up other donations for wages, projects and maintenance.

Admission:  $2.00 or free to members
Location:  116 N Main Street, Mahnomen MN 56557
Mailing Address:
Mahnomen County Historical Society
P. O. Box 123
Mahnomen,  MN  56557
Telephone Number:  218/ 936-5083
E mail Address:
Contact Person:  Emily Kulzer, Curator
and Luella Voit, Manager


Special Events or Exhibits:

  • Country Schools Exhibits
  • 2nd Annual BARN DANCE, July 10th
  • New Exhibits: Veterans Stories
  • Viet Nam
  • Monthly Events-
Websites and Links:
Facebook Page
Link to  Minnesota Historical Society