History Center of Olmsted County1195 W Circle Dr SW
Rochester, MN 55902
Map available at www.olmstedhistory.comGet Directions
Interpretive exhibits detailing history of Olmsted County ranging from Prehistoric, Paleo, Native American, to Early Rochester, and the Mayo Clinic; research library and archives containing over 600,000 maps, photographs, diaries, journals, and books relating primarily to Olmsted County and southeastern Minnesota. Each year the History Center of Olmsted County, together with its enthusiastic volunteers, provides presentations, educational and outreach programs, special events, museum exhibits, and more. The History Center currently owns and operates two historic buildings and two historic farmsteads. The History Center also operates seasonal tours of Mayowood Historic Home.
Hours & Dates
- Wednesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
- Thursday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
- Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
- Saturday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
- Sunday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Closed major holidays.
Notifications snow and event closings will be on local media and HCOC Facebook.
- Adults: $9.00
- 12 & under: $5.00
- HCOC Members: FREE
- EBT Card Holder & Family: FREE
Adults $9; ages 15 & under $5. Members free. Contact for meeting rooms and events at olmstedhistory.com
- Waste reduction/reuse/recycling
- Accessible to people with disabilities
- African-American heritage
- Can accommodate groups of 45 or more
- Native-American heritage
- Scandinavian heritage
Meetings & Conferences
- Banquet facilities maximum capacity: 90
- Exhibit space (sq ft): 250
- Facility accommodates meetings for 30 or more
- Largest meeting room (sq ft): 500
- Meeting/convention facilities maximum capacity: 90
- Number of meeting rooms: 2
- Meetings web page
Based on 25 reviews
The indoor museum covers a lot of what has made Rochester the destination for top medical care and how Rochester and the Mayo Brothers played a key role in WW I.
The admittance fee is rather high...
— DrMarkES, September 29, 2018
This is a gift to residents and visitors of Olmsted County and the City of Rochester. You cannot help but feel history of which you are a part no matter where you were raised. You can feel the...
— SH M, June 27, 2018
It is wonderful to learn more about the past of Rochester. The museum and any learning classes are great knowledge. Their tours of Mayowood are fantastic.
— Frank M, June 18, 2018
Established in 1926, by its founder Burton Eaton, the History Center of Olmsted County collects, preserves and interprets the history of Olmsted County.
Today the History Center of Olmsted County...
— Edwin R, July 17, 2017
We stopped by here to take the trolley tour. Had some extra time so decided to drop in. $5 per ticket was not a lot but not a whole lot to see. Very cool and interesting timeline and history of...
— 243matthewf, June 20, 2017