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Bloomington Historical Society

The Bloomington Historical Society is a non-profit organization with the purpose of discovering, preserving and disseminating historical knowledge and information or materials which establish or illustrate the history of the City of Bloomington, Minnesota.


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Volunteers are Valued

Are you into history? Would you enjoy sharing and discussing local history with others? We have volunteer opportunities that would be enjoyable and rewarding. Stop by the Old Town Hall Museum to chat with a docent or visit our Volunteering Page.

Visit the Old Town Hall Museum

The restored historic Bloomington Old Town Hall building houses the Old Town Hall Museum. We have artificats and displays about many time periods in local history.

  • Learn about Bloomington's ancient and recent history.
  • View our cultural collections of historic artifacts, photos and memorabilia of many generations.
  • A live tour guide is available, or you may follow our self-guided tour.
  • Attend scheduled special events.
  • Tour virtually! Take the convenient and informattive Virtual Museum Tour from the comfort and safety of your own device screen.

Be a Part of Bloomington Forever!

Bloomington's Old Town Hall History Plaza has a place for you!

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Sponsor an engraved History Brick on Old Town Hall History Plaza for your family, friends, business, school, sports team, special milestones in life, memorials, awards and other commemorations. Purchase a 3 line 4"X8" brick for $100 or a 6 line 8"X8" brick for $175. Write 18 characters per line, including spaces between lines.

Click here for details. Old Town Hall

Learn More About Bloomington History

This website has a trove of information about ancient times, native American cultures, early European settlers, and the decades since Minnesota became a state. Browse the information and pictures about times, places, and people who form the fabric of what our city has become today.

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