History Center of Olmsted County

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  • Adults $5; ages 15 & under $2. Members free.


More Information


  • Map available at www.olmstedhistory.com

Other Date Information

  • Tuesday-Saturday 9am-5pm. Closed major holidays.

Attraction Attributes

  • Accessible to Disabled
  • Can Accommodate Groups of 45 or more
  • Native American Heritage

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  1. Scavenger Hunt

    Scavenger Hunt

    1195 W Circle Dr SW
    Rochester, MN 55902
    Call: (507) 282-9447

    Discover the local food, drink, and history of Olmsted County with the History Center's Annual Adult Scavenger Hunt. You and three friends will chase leads to restaurants, bars, and other area attractions. Afterward, join your competitors for an awards ceremony where prizes will be awarded!

  2. The 1968 Generation Exhibit Opening

    The 1968 Generation Exhibit Opening

    1195 W Circle Dr SW
    Rochester, MN 55902
    Call: (507) 282-9447

    What do you remember from 1968? Hey Jude? The Civil Rights Act? Anti war sentiment? Lava lamps? Tie Dye? Mini skirts? Whatever it was, it may be on display with the MNHS traveling exhibit "The 1968 Project". Dig out your tie dye and mini skirts and come help us celebrate 1968 at the History Center with refreshments and music by "Driven By Rhythm".

  3. Traveling While Black

    Traveling While Black

    1195 W Circle Dr SW
    Rochester, MN 55902
    Call: 507-282-9447

    Join us for the opening of our new exhibit, "Traveling While Black". This exhibit will chronicle the challenges faced by black motorists prior to the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964.

  4. Veteran's & Emergency Services Museum Round Table

    Veteran's & Emergency Services Museum Round Table

    3611 Salem Road SW
    Rochester, MN 55902
    Call: (507) 259-6708

    On October 21st, at 7 PM, The Veteran's & Emergency Services Museum Round Table will feature Rochester Firefighter Chuck Solseth presenting "From Recruit to Captain, my Career as a Fireman."

    Chuck grew up in St. Louis Park, MN and as a youth he loved to play hockey. He says; "Hockey is a team sport that down plays individual accomplishments and celebrates the individual's ability to contribute to the team. The fire service is very much a team style organization" Chuck served in the Navy from 1985-1989 on the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), After the Navy he became a fireman for the Cedar Rapids, IA Fire Department and then with the Rochester Fire Department.The program will be at Autumn Ridge Church, in the TIMOTHY CHAPEL which is just South of the main church entrance.

    The church's address is 3611 Salem Road SW, Rochester, MN. The public is invited and we look forward to seeing you there!

  5. Women's History Circle

    Women's History Circle

    1195 W Circle Dr SW
    Rochester, MN 55902
    Call: 507-282-9447

    Balancing the Score: Equalizing Women's Opportunites in Sports and Education. A Panel discussion by diane Ilstrup

Meetings & Conferences

  • Facility accommodates meetings for 30 or more
  • Meeting/Convention Facilities (maximum capacity): 90
  • Banquet Facilities (maximum capacity): 90
  • Largest Meeting Room (sq ft): 500
  • Exhibit Space (sq ft): 250
  • Catering Available

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