Afton Historical Museum

Volunteers Needed

The Afton Historical Museum, located in the historic Old Village of Afton is seeking volunteers to help with history related projects and assist with staffing the museum during open hours. Hours are per your availability and are very flexible. Volunteers will be interactng with the public and training will be provided. If you would like to learn about the history of Afton and the St. Croix River Valley and meet new friends, send an email to or call 651-436-3500.

The Afton Historical Museum is excited to announce we have been awarded two additional MN Legacy Grants from the Minnesota Historical Society for 2024.

  1. Interpretive Plan – the museum has been awarded a large grant to create a comprehensive plan for future historic interpretation projects. This foundational document will serve as a roadmap for projects and exhibits into the next decade. Critically, it will involve input from our community to identify priorities and approaches.

    A consultant will hold four focus group meetings with community residents. Input from these meetings will play a major role in determining future exhibits. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2024, at which time we will seek grant funding for exhibit equipment and an exhibit planner.
  2. ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Assessment – the museum has been awarded a $10,000 grant to hire a company to review the museum’s building non-compliance with current ADA standards. The company will issue a report which will act as a guide to seek funding for corrective action.

This latest work is part of the Museum’s 2010 Strategic Plan, which includes obtaining grants focused on preserving and restoring our collection of artifacts and the museum building. To date, the Afton Historical Museum has been awarded nearly $600,000 in grant funding for various projects to preserve our artifact collection and the museum building.

                                                                                             Afton Historical Society Mission Statement

Afton Historical Museum
Original Plat Map of Afton

Physical Location: 
3165 St Croix Trail South, Afton, MN 55001

Mailing address:
PO Box 178, Afton, MN 55001

The Afton Historical Society was organized in 1980 for the purpose of locating and collecting any material which would help to establish or illustrate the history of the Afton area or the state, the exploration, settlement, development, and activities in peace and war, the progress of population, ethnic groups, wealth, education, arts, science, agriculture, manufacturing, trade, etc., and to disseminate historical information to interested persons, groups, and institutions.

Museum Manager

Board Members

President: Stan Ross

Vice President: Leslie Thomas

Secretary: Terry Clymer

Treasurer: Laurel Ross

Jeff Johnson, Ken Johnson, and Diane Perkins

A huge thank you to all of our donors, members and volunteers. We couldn’t do it without you!

Museum Hours:

Temporarily by appointment only.
Call 651-435-1184 for an appointment.