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History Center of Olmsted County

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Address: 1195 West Circle Drive S.W., Rochester, MN 55902
Phone Number: 507-282-9447
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Tue - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Very nice place to learn area history

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2013
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Rochester, Minnesota
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

Can get more history of Olmsted County at Mayo Clinic . Looked like one big garage sale when there.Go to Winona Historical instead.

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Lanesboro, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

I really appreciate the time and effort that this history center has put into their exhibits. Local history is something that not enough people appreciate, and this is a great place to go to step into the past and learn some fascinating information. Highly recommend a visit!

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Daytona Beach, FL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 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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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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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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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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Additional Information about History Center of Olmsted County

Address: 1195 West Circle Drive S.W., Rochester, MN 55902
Phone Number: 507-282-9447
Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Rochester
Open Hours:
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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