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History Center of Olmsted County

Discover the colorful past and fabric of life of Rochester and Olmsted County. The museum is open year-round and contains rare pictures, maps, diaries, and exhibits recounting the story of Rochester's rise as a global leader in health care. Seasonally, visitors can also explore the William Dee Log Cabin, an early 1862 pioneer home, as well as the Hadley Valley School House, a traditional one-room school. Walk or drive through the grounds of the George Stoppel Farm, a typical, self-sufficient homestead farm where the earliest settlers lived in the rootcave in 1856.


  • Hours of Operation
  • Friday:  9am-5pm
  • Monday:  Closed
  • Saturday:  9am-5pm
  • Sunday:  Closed
  • Thursday:  9am-5pm
  • Tuesday:  9am-5pm
  • Wednesday:  9am-5pm