Grand Re-Opening

Grand Re-Opening

Sat, Oct. 25 2014 / 01:00 PM to 11:00 PM / Cost: Scavenger Hunt-$20/group; Night at the Museum-$20/person

Join us for the grand re-opening of our exhibit hall! After several months of renovations, our museum is opening with a new layout and new exhibits!

The day will start at 1 pm with a scavenger hunt. Form a group of 3-5 people and follow clues to discover Rochester’s past and present while enjoying food and drink from area restaurants! The cost for this event is $20 per group.

Then, come out to the Evening at the Museum at 7 pm for a grand re-opening party featuring music, dancing, actors portraying heroes and hellions of history, a first look at our exhibits, and more! Come as you are or dress as your favorite historical figure! $20 per person gets you admission and light appetizers. A cash bar will be available.

Upcoming Events

Fright Farm–Lights On

Sat, Nov. 1 2014 / 05:00 PM to 06:00 PM / Cost: $13 at the door, $10 in advance

Like the regular Fright Farm event, but with the lights on! This presentation is designed to be family friendly, allowing younger children to see the haunted attraction without the scare. Each child’s ticket comes with two free adult tickets!

Fright Farm

Sat, Nov. 1 2014 / 07:00 PM to 11:00 PM / Cost: $10 pre-sale or online, $13 at the door

Check out the Fright Farm website!

Come visit Southern Minnesota’s most horrifying haunted attraction located at the historical George Stopple farmstead at the History Center of Olmsted County. From the street you will already wish you didn’t come. It is truly designed to frighten and amuse you. Guided tours will include a look at the original farm house, barn, smokehouse, and caves. We have live theatrical tour guides that walk your through our attraction. This is a live performance you don’t want to miss! Do you dare enter??? -DRACO-


Not recommended for younger patrons. WE DO NOT ISSUE REFUNDS! Please bring young children to the LIGHTS ON presentation. It will allow younger ones to see the haunted attraction without the scare.


Thursday, October 16, 5:00 PM to 6 PM* (Last Tour 6:00 PM)
Saturday, October 18, 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM* (Last Tour 6:00 PM)
Saturday, October 25, 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM* (Last Tour 6:00 PM)
Saturday, November 1, 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM* (Last Tour 6:00 PM)

*Two Adults FREE With Paying Child

Princess Cafe–Bruce Struve

Wed, Nov. 12 2014 / 09:00 AM to 10:00 AM / Cost: $2 for general public, free for members

The Struve Paint Story

By Bruce Struve

Civil War Round Table

Wed, Nov. 12 2014 / 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM / Cost: Annual Dues: $30 Individual, $40 Family, Students are free

“Cyclone in Calico:  Mary Ann Bickerdyke”, presented by Sharon and Dick Krom.

Olmsted County Genealogical Society Monthly Meeting Doors open at 6:00 for research.

Thu, Nov. 13 2014 / 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM / Cost: Free

Susan Garwood and John Dalby (health permitting) speak on The Dalby Databse, one of the most comprehensive online research tools available for Minnesota genealogists. John and Jan Dalby started the database in the early 1980s, as a way to organize the Rice County Genealogical Society’s cemetery indexing project. When the society finished their cemetery project, the Dalbys’ continued to expand their database, indexing and adding cemeteries from around the state, thousands of obituaries, city directories, birth and death records, newspapers, county histories and more. The database now has over 2.5 million records.

Research Center is open at 6:00 PM for people do work on their personal research projects.  The program begins at 7:00 PM.

Visitors Welcome