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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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Awesome place to learn about rural history in Rochester.

We came here for the Day of Yesteryear event, where we not only were able to enjoy the historic buildings, we were also treated to the tractor parade which had an announcer who... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 27, 2016
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Rochester, Minnesota
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Rochester, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016

We came here for the Day of Yesteryear event, where we not only were able to enjoy the historic buildings, we were also treated to the tractor parade which had an announcer who seemed to know every little detail about each tractor. There were also antique cars, forgotten farm machinery, harvesting demonstrations and a working sawmill. An escape from the... More 

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Scandia, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2016

The History Center Library has a wealth of info for anyone looking for relatives from long ago. Staff were incredibly helpful and really excited in helping us search our early settlers to the area. The online database is also very helpful in finding relatives. Thanks!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Loved visiting during Days of Yesteryear in August. Everything open for exploring. Lots to do, lots of history, cool vintage base ball. Very family friendly.

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

The outdoor history park is just a little ways west of the downtown. We took in the "Days of Yesteryear" events on Sunday, August 9th. Wonderful displays, living history in the preserved one room schoolhouse, broom making, tractor pull, on and on. This is a once a year event - BUT - check the calendar. If there is is an... More 

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Lake City, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015 via mobile

I attended to see the stock class tractor pulls. This was a good time where a lot so different activities are going on all day long from steam engine tractors hooked up to old time belt driven saw mills, old thrashers in action and much more. A good time for kids and adults alike where you can visit the past... More 

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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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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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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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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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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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