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History Center of Olmsted County

1195 West Circle Drive S.W., Rochester, MN 55902
507-282-9447
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Ranked #14 of 17 Attractions in Rochester
Type: History Museums, Cultural
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Type: History Museums, Cultural
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Tue - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Daytona Beach, FL
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95 reviews 95 reviews
25 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Found this to be very well done. Showed what life was like in time past. The displays are nicely done and contain several buildings. Especially enjoyed the old one room cabin where you can encouraged to touch items. School on property was also very interesting. Loved the writings on the black boards. One of the best displays in the area.

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Iowa
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

We parked here to board the trolley and took extra time to go through the museum. I recommend walking the grounds and reading the sign posts as you do if the weather allows.

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Mayville, Wisconsin
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

Fun place to learn about the city, Mayo clinic and IBM. We also went to the Rooster baseball game and it was neat to see what a 1860's game was all about!

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West Bend, Wisconsin
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35 reviews 35 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

The coverage of founding of City of Rochester and of the Mayo Clinic and the Mayo family was interesting, supported by interesting displays and video or audio descriptions. Some of the remainder of the displays (e.g., local architecture, coverage of wars involving US) didn't seem to fit well. Maybe I just missed the rationale behind including them. The video on... More 

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Rochester, Minnesota
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87 reviews 87 reviews
9 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

I recently moved to the Rochester area and wanted to learn about the area history so I stopped in. It was very informative. Exhibits explained the start of the Mayo clinic, the history of Saint Mary's hospital, the start of the IBM corporation in Rochester and about the diversity of cultures in the area. The grounds also have an old... More 

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Rochester, MN
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

We attended the days of yesteryear event again this year; it's a great experience for people of all ages, especially families. There are lots of tractors and machinery on display, with other machines running. There are people with displays and kids can shuck corn, make butter, rope, and other activities. They have wagon and carriage rides, and all the buildings... More 

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Chatfield, Minnesota
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33 reviews 33 reviews
20 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2012

We began a tour of Mayowood here by checking out the exhibits and browsing the giftshop. It was interesting for those who want to learn about Rochester history.

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La Crosse, Wisconsin
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87 reviews 87 reviews
33 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2011

Rochester has an interesting history. The clinic was founded here after a devestating tornado. This is one of the many things you can learn at the history center. I found the exhibit on historical medical treatments to be interesting, not sure if this was a permenent or temporary exhibit. Worth a stop on the way to Mayowood if you enjoy... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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109 reviews 109 reviews
30 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2011

They have a local group of people that provide a living example of baseball at the turn of the century…that’s 1885. Totally entertaining! You can tell the players (actors) are having a blast, too. The umpire is hilarious was he narrates throughout the game.

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Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2008

The museum has a variety of exhibits on the history of the county; including the big 1883 tornado, the Mayo Clinic, St. Mary's Hospital and hands on exhibits for children. There are also many programs both on and off site. The grounds include a 1800’s log cabin, country school, two farms and other displays that are open during the summer... More 

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