Looking for something to do besides shopping this weekend?  How about checking out the decked-out Mayowood Mansion?  

The annual Christmas Tours have started at the historic former home of Dr Charlie Mayo and run through mid-December.

The tours are offered Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.  Reservations are required and can be made through the History Center of Olmsted County, which organizes the tours as a fundraiser.

Rooms have been beautifully decorated by local businesses and citizens.




The tours also give you the opportunity to check out the intensive makeover of the mansion that has taken place since the property was transferred to Mayo Clinic.

Tours will begin at the History Center with light refreshments and a film about Mayowood and the Mayo family. Visitors will then ride a trolley up to the mansion and receive a guided tour lasting about one hour. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the History Center at 507-282-9447. No refunds or exchanges will be given.

The History Center is located at 1195 West Circle Drive SW, Rochester, MN 55902.

The Christmas Tour Schedule is as follows:

November 11 - December 17

Thursdays - Fridays at 10:00 am, 11:30 am, 1:00 pm, 2:30 pm
Saturdays at 10:00 am, 11:30 am, 1:00 pm, 2:30 pm, 4:00 pm
Sundays at 11:30 am, 1:00 pm, 2:30 pm
No tours will be held on Thanksgiving.

November 18 and December 9 are special event days, so tour hours will be shortened.


Adults (12 & up) - $22.00
Children (5 - 12) - $10.00
Children under 4 – FREE!