Visitor Experience

We're excited to welcome you back to Oliver Kelley Farm! Learn about new health and safety protocols and additional information below to help you plan your visit.

Keeping us all safe

We've put safety measures in place to protect the health of our visitors, staff, and volunteers:

  • We are conducting enhanced cleaning of high-touch surfaces and providing hand-sanitizing stations for visitors.
  • Social distancing is encouraged.
  • If you are feeling sick, have flu-like symptoms, or have been in contact with someone who has recently had COVID-19, please visit us another time.

Masks

Visitors and staff are not required to wear masks while on-site. The CDC and MDH recommend masking for all unvaccinated people. Please be respectful of staff and visitors whatever their decision. 

Visitor center

The visitor center is only open for restroom use and on-site ticket purchases. Drinking fountains and bottle fillers are not available – please bring your own water.

The museum store will reopen on July 1, 2021. The Learning Kitchen is temporarily closed.

Self-guided tours

Wayfinding and on-site signage leads guests on a self-guided experience around the site. Please follow these signs and markings to ensure safe social distancing. Staff located throughout the site will engage you in activities exploring the history of farming during the nineteenth century and today.

Historic farmstead

Explore the historic farmstead's machine shed, barn, animal pens, pump, chicken house, corn crib, and fields as you immerse yourself in the world of 1860s farming. The historic house and root cellar will reopen on July 1, 2021.

Nature trails

Manicured gravel and mown grassy walking trails provide an opportunity to glimpse regional wildlife and plants. You might see white-tailed deer, bald eagles, great blue herons, foxes, and wild turkeys.

The 1.1 mile River & Woodland Trail heads upstream along the Mississippi before running into oak woods, home to dozens of varieties of songbirds. While the 0.8 mile Prairie Trail meanders through restored prairie and abandoned farm fields.

Meet our animal friends

The Oliver Kelley Farm is home to a variety of draft animals and livestock. Learn about heritage breeds of cattle, horses, sheep, pigs, and chickens commonly found on Minnesota farms during the nineteenth century, and get to know some of the animals raised on farms today.