Anoka County Historical Society  | 2135 3rd Ave. N, Anoka, MN 55303 | (763) 421-0600

Library & Exhibit Hall Hours

Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Wed–Fri: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday & Monday: Closed

Exhibit Hall Admission

Guided Tours: $30

Questions or Comments?

Feel free to contact us. We’d love to hear from you!

Join Us for a Night at the Museum: Jon Arfstrom

Thursday, August 24, 2017 | 5:30-8 p.m. | Anoka County History Center | Get Tickets Here

Vintage Base Ball

with the Rum River Rovers

Rum River Rovers: 2017 Growler Cup Champions

We are the Rum River Rovers. We hail from the Anoka County area in Minnesota and we play 1860’s rules base ball, a gentleman’s game.

Find out more about The Rum River Rovers and Vintage Base Ball.

Don’t miss out on your Night at the Museum!

August 24, 5:30 p.m.
Sponsored by QCTV
Get a close up look at the art of Jon Arfstrom and the unique opportunity ACHS has to not only preserve his work, but digitize his diaries, create a book, and publish an online exhibit. Want to own a print for yourself? Dinner guests will receive a special discount.

September 20 & October 11
Anoka Halloween goodies are collected all over the world. Talk Halloween and get an up-close look at ACHS’s exclusive collection of Anoka Halloween memorabilia on these special, spooky evenings.

September 27 & October18
It’s a who-done-it night! Become detectives, interrogate suspects, or try to get away with murder at ACHS’s inaugural murder mystery dinners. Character sheets will be given prior to dinners, and special awards presented throughout the night to celebrate excellence in investigation, evasion or creativity.

Can’t make it to the dinner but really want to help?


You can donate to the project here.

Adopt An Artifact Link to Page

Jon Arfstrom

Life of an Artist


Jon Arfstrom painting

Getting it Done: Anoka County’s Answer to WWII

World War II Exhibit Poster

The Anoka County Historical Society has a new exhibit at the History Center to remember those of the greatest generation who served both overseas and on the homefront.

In a gallery space reserved for nearly 15 years to honor those who served in the United States military, the opening of Getting It Done: Anoka County’s Answer to WWII will highlight the experiences of family and friends who served overseas during this, the 75th anniversary season of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Artifacts on display include knitted red socks and the book of approved patterns, a radio that delivered the news, a banner awarded for the determined war bond effort, and the massive story of munitions development.

Read more about the new exhibit.

Ghost Tours are Here!

Ghost Tours of Anoka poster

We’re kicking off the season with two tours in August.
Register for August tours here!

We’ve also got tours scheduled for September and October!
Get more information and buy tickets here.

Help us hire the perfect person!

Part-time, temporary Educator

Anoka County Historical Society Education Initiative

The Anoka County Historical Society (ACHS), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, seeks to improve and increase their reach and influence throughout the Anoka County school system. This position, funded through a one-time donation bequest, would work with educators and administrators throughout the county to share our museum boxes and presentations with middle school students.

Partner Organizations
ACHS has a strong partnership with the Anoka Middle School for the Arts, who have used our museum boxes and programs for several years, and helped ACHS develop the boxes originally. Additional partner schools that have used our services include Spring Lake Park, Champlin, Andover, and Blaine.

First consideration given to applications received by 5 p.m., Friday, August 11, 2017.

Employee selection should occur between September 1 and 7; project will start by September 15, 2017, for a 12-month period.

Please click here for more information about this position, or to apply.

Anoka County History Center

We are headquartered in the Anoka County History Center and Library, a marvelous 1965 Mid Century Modern building designed by Griswold and Rauma as a library for the City of Anoka.

History Center Museum

Research & Reference Library

Your donations are vital and appreciated!

Programs and Tours

We offer rich and exciting programs about local history throughout the year. From tours of the community, to education programs for schools and groups, to partnered programs with local libraries.

Ghosts of Anoka Walking Tours

Monuments to Life Cemetery Tours

History Programs

Museum In A Box