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History Center of Olmsted County, Rochester

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History Museum Museum
Vision Statement

To become a gathering place for the broader community that inspires and encourages the exploration of history in order to understand the past, its relevance to the present and enlighten the decisions of tomorrow.

Established in 1926, the History Center of Olmsted County interprets the history of Olmsted County and SE MN region. This 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization is governed by its membership through a Board of Directors.

Today the History Center of Olmsted County actively serves the region by offering a varied presentation of educational programs, events, exhibits, a state of the art research center and archives. It owns and operates five historic buildings and sites. A professional staff manage the programs, collections and properties assisted by over 400 enthusiastic volunteers.

The History Center of Olmsted County is also assisted in it's mission by an auxiliary organization, the Olmsted County Genealogy Society and through a commitment to education by the generosity of Master Gardeners of Olmsted County and the Mechanical History Round Table. With funding support from the citizens of Olmsted County and City of Rochester.
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  • 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...  more »
  • 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 cav...  more »
  • 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 n...  more »
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  • Very helpful and knowledgeable staff. Intriguing exhibitions.
  • Nice facility with lots of interesting stuff.