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Mayowood History

The Mayowood Historic Home is one of the top attractions in Rochester, drawing thousands of visitors each year!

A tour of Mayowood is to experience the personal lives of Dr. Charlie Mayo, co-founder of the Mayo Clinic, and his son, Dr. Chuck Mayo, and gives visitors an opportunity to celebrate their amazing achievements in medicine and human service.

The 23,000-square foot, thirty-eight room home was built in 1910 by Dr. Charlie and Edith Mayo. The home is built of concrete construction, the first of its kind in southeast Minnesota. Once a 3,300-acre country estate, the home has seen many changes over the years.

Indoors, original Mayo family artifacts tell the story of their many world travels and how the home was used as a house of hospitality to entertain the community and VIP celebrity guests.

Outdoors, this home is surrounded by a grand terrace overlooking the Zumbro River along with beautiful botanical gardens and an Oriental Tea House.

In collaboration, the home and property is owned and operated by Mayo Clinic, while the History Center of Olmsted County conducts public tours, special events, and owns much of the original family archival collection.

Today you're invited to explore Mayowood and immerse yourself in the lives and legacy of the famous Mayo Clinic doctors who helped change the world of medicine.

Please note that photography is not permitted inside the home or on the grounds.

ACCESSIBILITY

An elevator and two wheelchairs are available, and disability parking is located behind the house. Visitors who need these accommodations must stop at the main entrance first so staff can meet them at the rear entrance and direct them to the appropriate parking area.

To make your tour as pleasing as possible, during online ticket purchase, please use the notes section to let us know if you will need any of these services.

The tour includes stairs and visitors will be walking and standing much of the time. There are several designated areas to sit during the tour and guides are happy to point them out to visitors when asked.

Location
Admission Hours
Christmas Tours
Special Event Tours
Tickets

Welcome to Mayowood located at:
3720 Mayowood Road SW
Rochester, MN 55902

Parking is available at Mayowood and tickets may be purchased by clicking on the Tickets button above.

Directions if coming from West Circle Drive or Salem Road:

  • Turn onto County Road 25
  • Drive past Autumn Ridge Church on right
  • Turn left onto Mayowood Road
  • Once over the Zumbro River bridge, turn right and drive through the Mayowood entrance gate and up the hill to the parking lot
  • Alternate Salem Road Directions:
  • Turn onto Bamber Valley Road (County Road 8)
  • At stop sign turn right (Bamber Valley School on left after turn)
  • Drive past the Stone Barn Event Center on right
  • Take first left and drive through the Mayowood entrance gate and up the hill to the house parking lot

For additional assistance with directions, please call 507-282-9447

Mayowood is privately owned by Mayo Clinic and is closed to the general public on non-tour days.  The public is not allowed on the grounds without a pre registered tour ticket during business hours.  Please adhere to the posted signs on the property entrance.

                                                                          

Regular season tickets are now available HERE.
We recommend tickets in advance. Walk-ins are welcome ONLY if tours are not full.

Adults (13 & up): $20
Children (3 - 12): $10
Children under 3: NOT RECOMMENDED


Regular Season Tours: Get your ticket HERE
Tours start on the hour and run regularly on the hour. 
April 3, 2024 - June 30, 2024   

Sunday: 12pm—3pm
Wednesday: 10am—3pm
Saturday: 10am—3pm


Mid-Season Tours:
July 3, 2024 - October 24, 2024

Sunday: 12pm—3pm
Wednesday: 10am—3pm
Thursday: 10am—3pm
Saturday: 10am—3pm

NO REFUNDS.  Date and time changes ARE permitted, call 507-282-9447 to reschedule.
Gift certificates are available by calling 507-282-9447.

Photography is not permitted inside the home or on the grounds.

  • All Mayowood tours are conducted by professional tour guides and tours last approximately one hour.
  • Groups of 20 or more may call 507-282-9447 or email services@olmstedhistory.com for group pricing and guidelines.
  • Visitors may purchase tour tickets by clicking on the tickets button above.
  • Mayowood is privately owned by Mayo Clinic and is closed to the general public on non-tour days.


ACCESSIBILITY

An elevator and two wheelchairs are available, and disability parking is located behind the house. Visitors who need these accommodations must stop at the main entrance first so staff can meet them at the rear entrance and direct them to the appropriate parking area.

To make your tour as pleasing as possible, during online ticket purchase, please use the notes section to let us know if you will need any of these services.

The tour includes stairs and visitors will be walking and standing much of the time. There are several designated areas to sit during the tour and guides are happy to point them out to visitors when asked.

Keeping Us All Safe: COVID Precautions

Masks are optional.

Social distancing is encouraged.

No food or drink will be permitted inside of the house. 

If you are feeling sick, have flu-like symptoms, or have been in contact with someone who has recently had COVID-19, please visit us another time.

2024 Mayowood Holiday Tours begin November 2, 2024.  
"Christmas Around the World"

Mayowood Christmas Tours are by reservation or by calling 507-282-9447 only and begin at Mayowood at the specified times below.
Walk-ins accepted if space is available.

Mayowood Christmas 2024

Adults (13 & up): $30
Children (3 - 12): $15
Children under 3: NOT RECOMMENDED

November 2024 Schedule: 

Sunday: 11am, 12:15:pm, 1:30pm, 3pm

Tuesday: 10am, 11:15am, 12:30pm, 1:45pm, 3pm

Wednesday: 10am, 11:15am, 12:30pm, 1:45pm, 3pm

Thursday: 10am, 11:15am, 12:30pm, 1:45pm, 3pm

Friday: 10am, 11:15am,12:30pm, 1:45pm, 3pm

Saturday: 10am, 11:15am, 12pm, 1:45pm, 3pm, 4:15pm

December 2024 Schedule:

Sunday: 11am, 12:30pm, 1:45, 3pm

Tuesday: 9am, 10:15am, 11:30am, 12:45pm, 2:pm

Wednesday: 9am, 10:15am, 11:30am, 12:45pm, 2:pm

Thursday: 9am, 10:15am, 11:30am, 12:45pm, 2:pm

Friday: 9am, 10:15am, 11:30am, 12:45pm, 2:pm

Saturday: 10am, 11:15am, 12:30pm, 1:45pm, 3pm, 4:15

Reservations are required and all ticket sales are final.  Walk-in available ONLY if space is available. There are NO discounts or refunds.


To schedule a large group or bus please email services@olmstedhistory.com or call 507-282-9447. Dates and times are subject to change due to inclement weather or special events.

Guided tours begin promptly at their scheduled time and last approximately one hour.  

Christmas tickets will include one visit to the History Center of Olmsted County to be used during regular business hours.

Please let guides know if anyone needs the handicap accessible entrance. Information on this can be found on our Mayowood admission page.

If you have questions, please call 507-282-9447 or email services@olmstedhistory.com or mayowood@olmstedhistory.com

 Candlelight tours at Mayowood- November 31, December 1, 7, 8, 14 and 15, 2024 / $50 per ticket.
Come experience the glitz and glam of Christmas at Mayowood at night! We will be touring the house afterhours, with everything but the Christmas lights turned off! Experience the magic of our Christmas lights during this unique experience.
These tickets are only available on special dates and times, get your tickets here.
(Candlelight tickets will not be available until November of 2024)

Mayowood gift certificates are available by calling 507-282-9447.

Special Event Tours: 

Special Event Tours require reservation and begin at Mayowood unless otherwise noted.

2024 Mother's Day Tea: More information to come.
May 11, 2024:  3pm- 4:30pm


 

The Women of Mayowood: Mothers, Daughters, and Staff   
(NOTE: This is NOT the Women of Mayo Tour based of the Virginia Wright-Peterson book)

July 13, 2024:  10am, 11:30am, 1pm, 2:30pm 4pm
July 14, 2024: 11am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm, 4pm


Cost: 35.00

This specialty tour and exhibit will take place at the Mayowood Historic Home on July 13th and 14th as we give guests a new context to the Mayowood story by featuring the mothers, daughters, and staff of the home. These influential women played vitally important roles, both publicly and privately, during the founding years of the Mayo Clinic. 

This is an educational opportunity for all who visit the home. The 75-minute tour moves beyond the standard house tour by allowing visitors more opportunity to explore each room and exhibit with a knowledgeable guide to answer questions.

As part of the exhibit, we will display never before seen items such as Edith Mayo’s wedding dress.

Send reservation request with preferred date and time and to services@olmstedhistory.com.

2024 tours start April 3, 2024

Mayowood was once a 3,300-acre estate outside of Rochester, established by Dr. Charles H. Mayo, co-founder of Mayo Clinic. The centerpiece of the property is the 38-room home, completed in 1910, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970. In collaboration, the home and property are now owned and operated by Mayo Clinic; the History Center of Olmsted County conducts public tours, special events, and owns much of the original family collection.

Tickets can be purchased by clicking on the "Select Date/Time to begin" button below.  Walk-ins are welcome depending on tour capacity. Please note, all ticket sales are final. Each guided tour lasts about one hour. For directions to Mayowood, click on the "Location" button above.

Group tours available upon request by emailing mayowood@olmstedhistory.com