Tours of the Historic Courthouse

Hear stories about the oldest standing courthouse in the state of Minnesota, the lumbering industry and the history of the building. Visit the old county jail and learn about the Sheriffs and their families who lived onsite.

Hear the legend of Zion's Hill, upon which the courthouse is built, which tells about the age-old dispute between the Dakota and Ojibwe and a prophecy by an Ojibwe chief.

Look at the Civil War monument which lists the names of soldiers of the First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry regiment. They fought valiantly at battles such as Bull Run and Gettysburg.

Self-Guided Tours

Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Guided Tours

- approximately 50 minutes
Guided tours include a 17-minute video and a tour of courtroom, jail, exhibit and public areas of the building.

Mid-May through September
Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m.
Friday, 10:45 a.m. 

Group Tours

Call 651-275-7075 for group tour information.