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History Center of Olmsted County

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Where History Comes Alive

Established in 1926, by its founder Burton Eaton, the History Center of Olmsted County collects... read more

Reviewed 17 July 2017
Edwin R
Bettendorf, Iowa
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
Madison, Wi
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27 Jun 2018
“Past to Present”
18 Jun 2018
“Great time learning about the history of Rochester”
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1195 W Circle Dr SW, Rochester, MN 55902-6619
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Reviewed 28 June 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 preence of children in the one-room schoolhouse...More

Thank SH M
Reviewed 19 June 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.

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Reviewed 17 July 2017

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 actively serves Olmsted County and the Southeastern Minnesota region by collecting, preserving and interpreting the...More

Thank Edwin R
Reviewed 20 June 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 WWI. Outside there is a...More

Thank Matthew F
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
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