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“Great tours especially Christmas tours in November” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Mayowood Mansion

Mayowood Mansion
3720 Mayowood Road S.W., Rochester, MN 55902
507-282-9447
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Ranked #9 of 17 Attractions in Rochester
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Rochester, MN
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61 reviews 61 reviews
13 attraction reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Great tours especially Christmas tours in November”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

This will probably be 5 stars by 2014 when major fixups are done. You can do tours most of the time but in 2013 realize there is a lot of construction going on: Mayo Clinic picked up ownership from the local Historical Society and is investing a lot of money to fix up major problems in the roof, footings etc. The mansion that one of the original founding Mayo doctors built was too important to let go. This is NOT a super elegant mansion like some of the NY or RI oil & steel barons built so view it in more of a historical aspect if you are staying in Rochester for days of Clinic appointments. In November you will have a special treat as many local groups decorate the rooms with a holiday flare, especially worth a visit then!

Visited November 2012
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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“To right place to go to get inspired for the holiday season!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

I visited the Mayowood Mansion in November and got a guided tour that showed all de rooms decorated for Christmas. Just the right thing to do in November to get really inspired to start preparing your own home for Christmas (although I never ever be able to match these beautifully decorated rooms). It was fun to see how different families, persons or organizations had decorated the rooms in very different styles and with different themes. The tour guide could tell us many interesting things about the Mayo family, which is closely intertwined with the history of Rochester. At the end of the tour, they served coffee and cookies and you could buy some Christmas decorations.

Visited November 2012
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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“Fun and informative tour”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

The Mayowood Mansion was on our list of things to do in case of rain. The tour was much better than I was anticipating and I am glad that we went. As other reviews have mentioned, there is currently construction going on but that had little impact on the inside of the house, just the outside.

Visited May 2013
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Rochester, Minnesota
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“Must see the winter decorations!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013 via mobile

Went here with our family from out of town and had a great time! In the winter I would recommend going at night so you can really see all the lights and holiday decorations. I am excited about going back to see the grounds during the summer!

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La Crosse, Wisconsin, United States
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“Awsome day trip.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2012

Very awsome trip and tour.Best if you can go during Christmas time as the decorate the whloe place. Hopefully the winter kicks in its part and theres is snow covering the outside views.

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