History Center of Olmsted County and Grounds:​​​​​​

 Is the History Center public property?

  • No. The History Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We are not affiliated with the county government or any other entity.

 Are pets allowed on the property?

  • We love all animals, but please pick up after your pet and use the receptacles on the grounds. Only service animals are allowed inside the museum.

 Can we take photos at HCOC?

  • Non-professional photography is included in the general admission fee, both inside and outdoors.  Please call ahead and make sure there are no events scheduled that would impede your session on the grounds.                            Photography passes are available for a yearly or daily rate, please visit our photography page for more information. This fee goes towards the upkeep of our beautiful grounds and gardens.

Can I volunteer at the History Center?

  • Yes! Whether you're an introvert, extrovert, history buff, or simply curious, we have a place for you! Read more here.

 How can my business sponsor and support an HCOC special event or program?

  • As a non-profit, our events are only possible with the support of the community! If you would like to sponsor an          event, call the History Center at 507-282-9447, or email events@olmstedhistory.com.

 I am looking to rent an indoor meeting space and a large wedding. What do you offer?

  • The History Center is the perfect place to host your next event!  From outdoor spaces to our presentation                      rooms, we have the space to meet your needs! More information can be located here.

 I am a teacher looking for an educational destination for my students, do you offer field trips?

  • We work with teachers to develop a full field of activities that will interest, challenge, and inspire students.                    Find more information on our field trips here.

 Can you tell me about your partner groups and how I can meet with a group of like-minded folks?

Mayowood Historic Home: 

 Why does GPS bring me to the History Center instead of Mayowood?

  • We do not know why APPLE phones do not recognize Mayowood.  You must use an android or use a different app to enter Mayowood or the address 3720 Mayowood Road SW, Rochester.  You can also locate directions here. 

 Is Mayowood handicap accessible?

  • The tour includes stairs, but an elevator is available. 
  • Visitors will be walking and standing much of the time though there are areas available to sit during the tour.
  • A wheelchair is available for use. If you require the use of this, please let us know when ordering your ticket.
  • If special parking is needed, please stop at the main entry for instructions.
  •  It is best to add your limitations in the memo area when purchasing your ticket(s), so our guides are aware and can   make your tour as enjoyable as possible.

 Is there parking at the home?

  • Yes, free parking is available.  If handicap parking is needed, stop at the main entrance for instructions. Charter buses are welcome.

 Can I get a refund?

  • No.  We will do our best accommodate a change in dates or times to best fit your needs.  Ticket is transferrable.

 Can we rent Mayowood for a private event or to take photos?

  • No, Mayowood is privately owned by Mayo Clinic and private parties or photos are not allowed for security reasons..

 Can I visit the property on off hours?

  • No, a tour ticket is always required when on the property.  Mayo security is present during off hours.

 When are Christmas tours available?

  • Starting dates for Christmas at Mayowood change every year and end in mid December.  Check here for dates, times and specialty tours.

 How can I schedule a large group tour of Mayowood?

  • Please call to schedule a group of 10 or more at 507-282-9447 or email services@olmstedhistory.com. 

 Where can I find more information and a map to Mayowood?

  • Information on location, acquiring tickets, schedules, specialty tours and more can be found at olmstedhistory.com/mayowood.

Willson Wicklund Research Center:  

 Can I stop in and do my research at any time?

  • If in-person help is needed with the archivist, we ask that you make advanced arrangements by emailing archivist@olmstedhistory.com for an appointment.  Regular museum admission fee applies on top of your research fees. Admission is always FREE if you are an HCOC member.

 What information is available in the Willson Wicklund Research Center?

 I cannot make it to the archives in person, how can I get information?

  • We understand that there are researchers from all over the world in need of answers from Olmsted County and we are here to help!  To obtain information on how to submit a research request go to olmstedhistory.com/resources-wicklund.

Can't find what you're looking for?  Call 507-282-9447.