Regular Season 2020 Public Tours 



 The 2020 Mayowood Tours will look at different VIP guests who have visited throughout the years. 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 mansion, completed in 1911, 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 directly at the mansion approximately 20 minutes before the selected tour time. Each guided tour lasts about one hour.

      Group tours available upon request by emailing

                                      Regular Season 2020 Public Tours 


                 Weekday tours begin at 10am and run hourly until 3pm
                   Sunday tours begin at noon and run hourly until 3pm

                       Reservations for groups of 10 or more are requested please call 507-282-9447 or email 

       Tickets are purchased at Mayowood Mansion approximately 20 minutes prior to your selected tour time.                          Mayowood Tours are conducted by an educated tour guide and last about 60 minutes.

                                                                         Regular Season Admission:

                                                                            Adults (12 & up) - $17.00
                                                                            Children (2 - 12) - $5.00
                                                                            Children under 2 – NOT RECOMMENDED





            The official address of the Mansion is:  3720 Mayowood Road SW

If GPS will not take you to this address, please call for directions at 507-282-9447 or 507-289-2209. You may also view the map below for directions.  Only Christmas Tours start at the History Center all other tours begin right at Mayowood Mansion.


Mayowood was built in 1911 by Dr. Charles H. Mayo, who lived there until 1939. Now, this 38 room historic house is home to an extensive decorative arts collection, gorgeous gardens, and antique furnishings from French, Spanish, German, and American cultures.

Ownership of the Mayowood Mansion was transferred to Mayo Clinic in 2013. Mayo Clinic is currently performing renovations on the mansion and grounds, but the mansion is still open to the public on scheduled tour days.


KAAL TV:  Passport: Charm of the Mayowood Mansion:


                              Note: No photographs may be taken inside the Mayowood Mansion. After tours, visitors may wander the gardens, but are discouraged from wandering the rest of the grounds. Commercial photography at Mayowood is not permitted, except with the permission of Mayo Clinic.

                     Mayowood is closed during the winter except for Christmas Tours.
                                               Please see below for Christmas Information.  



Christmas Tours at Mayowood Mansion are closed for the 2020 season.

Christmas tour tickets are available through the History Center; Christmas tours are by reservation only.

Christmas Tour Admission:
Adults (12 & up) - $25.00
Children (3 - 12) - $10.00
Children under 3 – NOT RECOMMENDED

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 unless cancelled by HCOC.

  •  Christmas Tours will start November 7, 2020 through December 13, 2020.
  •  All Tours begin every hour and a half. 
  •  Reservations Required.
  •  Please schedule group tours at
  •  Dates and times are subject to change.


    Christmas Tours every hour and a half

    November 7

    December 13

    Day Hours  
    Wednesday 10:00 AM to 02:30 PM  
    Thursday 10:00 AM to 02:30 PM  
    Friday 10:00 AM to 02:30 PM  
    Saturday 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM  
    Sunday 11:30 AM to 02:30 PM  

Please arrive to the History Center about 10 minutes early, as light refreshments and a short video will be shown promptly at your scheduled tour time.  After the video you will board a vintage red trolley that will take you to the Mansion and return you to the History Center after.  Your paid ticket also includes a free self guided tour of our Museum. 

                                                   If you have any questions, please call 507-282-9447.



How Do I Get There?


The official address of the Mansion is:HCOC.WebsitePhotos.Mayowood.Garden.jpg

3720 Mayowood Road SW
Rochester, MN 55902

If coming from the History Center, West Circle Drive, or Salem Road, drive west on Salem Road. Travel past Autumn Ridge Church and take a quick left turn onto Mayowood Road. Immediately after passing over the bridge over Mayowood Lake turn right, then stay on the right to pass through the beautiful gate and driveway on your left-hand side.

If coming from Bamber Valley Road/County Road 8, travel down Mayowood Road past Mayowood Stone Barn, then turn left before Mayowood Lake. Stay on the right and pass through the gate leading up to Mayowood Mansion.




Who is Dr. Charles H. Mayo?


Charles H. MayoIn order for us to answer this question, we need to give you a little bit of history.

Dr. Charles Horace Mayo was the son of Dr. William Worrall Mayo – a physician that arrived in Rochester, MN in the spring of 1863 to act as examining surgeon for men being inducted into the Union Army during the Civil War. The following year, Dr. W.W. Mayo was joined by his wife and family. One year after that, Dr. Mayo entered private practice as a physician in the growing community.

In the 1880’s, Dr. W. W. Mayo’s sons, William James and Charles Horace, joined the family practice. This collaboration eventually evolved into Mayo Clinic. New doctors with special talents were sought out in order to fill particular medical needs. It wasn’t until the 1920’s however that Dr. Charles H. Mayo, along with his sons Dr. Charles W. Mayo and Dr. Joseph G. Mayo, helped turn Mayo Clinic into an internationally recognized institution known for leadership in the research and treatment of medical illness.



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