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History Center of Olmsted County

1195 W Circle Dr SW, Rochester, MN 55902-6619
+1 507-282-9447
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Very Casual and Homey Display of the Region's History

We visited on a weekend in early October so the seasonal special tractor parade events were over... read more

Reviewed 3 October 2016
blatshaw
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Tulsa, OK
Worth the visit

Place was well organized, not cluttered like a lot of county museums are. Helped me appreciate how... read more

Reviewed 24 September 2016
lovethebayarea
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Madison, Wi
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1195 W Circle Dr SW, Rochester, MN 55902-6619
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Reviewed 3 October 2016

We visited on a weekend in early October so the seasonal special tractor parade events were over and much of the tractors were already stored for the winter. Since we couldn't walk far, we skipped the indoor museum this time but drove around the grounds...More

Thank blatshaw
Reviewed 24 September 2016

Place was well organized, not cluttered like a lot of county museums are. Helped me appreciate how the Mayo brothers shaped the area. Visit the out houses and imagine what it was like to live in a cave in the Minnesota winter.

Thank lovethebayarea
Reviewed 1 August 2016

If you're looking for something to do that's educational too, visit this museum. The price wasn't too bad, though the tour is self-guided. Volume of display items was a little thin and sometimes did not have direct connection to Olmsted County. It would be great...More

Thank Chris C
Reviewed 28 April 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...More

Thank traveltheworld012
Reviewed 9 February 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!

Thank cathy m
Reviewed 26 August 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.

Thank S A
Reviewed 10 August 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...More

1  Thank Tom F
Reviewed 10 August 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

1  Thank Robert H
Reviewed 5 June 2015

Can get more history of Olmsted County at Mayo Clinic . Looked like one big garage sale when there.Go to Winona Historical instead.

Thank Mary Teresa G
Reviewed 23 March 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...More

2  Thank MrsTecken91
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Do you have copies of Ken Allsen's books ? (Specifically today I would like a copy of the Ellerbe book "Century of Elegance......") and if yes, could I reserve one and pick it up on Monday Feb 2nd or Tues Feb 3rd ?) Thanks for the help. Kathie Balfour, Rochester
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