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Mayowood Mansion

Address: 3720 Mayowood Road S.W., Rochester, MN 55902
Phone Number: 507-282-9447
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Ranked #6 of 18 Attractions in Rochester
Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Minnesota
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66 reviews 66 reviews
25 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

We were waiting for this tour and were not disappointed. The tour guides were very informative and the Olmstead County Historical Society should be commended for their work. The price was fair and tour was just long enough. See you in the spring

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Glensted Mo
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39 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

We toured the Mayowood Mansion during December while visiting Rochester. The decorations are very nice. It was refreshing to see the Mayo Foundation has taking over the preservation of the mansion as the local historical society was not able to fund it and provide for the upkeep. The Mansion is nice and I anticipate it will improve as the Foundation... More 

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Minnesota
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

We went for the Christmas tour. Its a great old house and it is nice to have some history left in Rochester.

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Yorkton
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

We toured the Mansion on Dec 14, 2014. The ladies of the historical society had done a wonderful job of decorating the house as it might have been in the period of time when the Mayo children were young. It is a truly beautiful old home with its old wood panelling and ornate ceilings. Thank you for all the work... More 

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Rochester, Minnesota
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

We made reservations in advance with out of town guests who were very excited to see it during the holidays. We were told over the phone that it was by "appointment only" and that there were two tour times that day that were not "overcrowded". We chose one of those times, as one of our guests is older and wished... More 

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Owatonna, Minnesota
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232 reviews 232 reviews
56 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

This Mansion sat without any maintenance for many years. It is a work in process with much of the restoration completed on the 1st 2 floors, and exterior. It has been decorated for Christmas. Other than the Christmas decorations, everything is as when the last of the Mayo's lived there in 1969, even the clothes and reading books. Very interesting... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

At the beginning of the $15/pp tour we were told there are 2 ballrooms and an observatory. Well, not until you are 40 minutes into the tour do they tell you that those floors "are under construction". No photos allowed. Neat house but not really of the era as numerous updates have been done over the years

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Kingsport, Tennessee
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

Great guided tour gave interesting insights into the Mayo family. 42 room 24,000 sq ft mansion was beautiful wooded acreage. Rooms were decorated for Christmas and was very beautiful. Great Christmas event!

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Midland, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

The co-founder of the Mayo Clinic built these mansion, and the Olmstead County Historical Society gives one hour tours. The house is gradually being restored, although it looked to us that much of the work in the mansion itself has been completed. The house is decorated with many of the original furnishings and includes family photos. The tour gave us... More 

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Rochester, Minnesota
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Dr. Charles H. Mayo, co-founder of the Mayo Clinic, built "Mayowood in 1911 and lived in it until 1939. The estate features gardens and Dr. Mayo’s decorative arts collection. Over 40 rooms are furnished in French, English, Spanish, German and American antiques." Recently renovated by the Mayo Clinic, it will be festooned in Christmas bunting in November and December. If... More 

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