Freeborn County Historical Museum

A nonprofit organization

$11,595 raised by 67 donors

Established in 1948, the Freeborn County Historical Society consists of a museum, research library & village.


The Museum showcases over 40 exhibits featuring businesses, destinations and artifacts. The Museum features a turquoise truck owned by actress Marion Ross (Happy Days, That 70′s Show, Spongebob Squarepants), who lived in Albert Lea for much of her youth as well as a large collection of artifacts and memorabilia from rockabilly guitarist and accomplished singer/songwriter Eddie Cochran (’Summertime Blues, ‘C’mon Everybody’).

The Village, with 18 buildings dating from the 1850s to the early 1900s takes you back to a time when eight grades were educated in one room, the general store covered needs not found in the vegetable garden, and one horse-power was a luxury.   In addition to the historic buildings, the Village features a large collection of antique farming equipment.


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Organization name

Freeborn County Historical Museum

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Arts & Culture


1031 Bridge Ave
Albert Lea, MN 56007



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