Public granted rare access to the Historic Plummer Building


ROCHESTER, Minn. – This weekend, the public will be granted access to areas of Mayo Clinic that few people have seen. On Saturday, an open house at the Historic Plummer Building will be held from 10:00am-2:00pm.

During the open house, folks will get to check out multiple areas of the building that have not been accessible to the public since the building opened in 1928.

“We have an amazing library, we have the room named in honor of Dr. Plummer filled with beautiful paneling, plastered ceilings, oil paintings of the founders,” explains Matthew Dacy, the Director of Heritage Hall the Museum at Mayo Clinic. “These are things never before open to the public and so we want everyone to come in and enjoy the beauty and significance of this wonderful building.”

The unique experience is kicking off the annual Heritage Days celebration at Mayo. The theme this year is “Defining Innovation” and will take a special look at the life and work of Henry Plummer, M.D., hence the rare and special look inside the building named after him.

“There will be elevator operators to give you a ride like in the old days here in the elevator cars, rare books on display, there’s a bookstore open with films and publications for sale and you’ll see many amazing historical artifacts,” Dacy adds.

Speaking of the Plummer Building, a 7ft tall LEGO version of the 1928 building will be on display in the lobby throughout the week.

Heritage Days has many more events and activities including noontime entertainment in the lobbies and public spaces. There will also be a new Heritage film about Dr. Plummer that will show in the Geffen Auditorium multiple times during the week.

Other festivities include:

  • Meet the Peregrine Falcons on Annenberg Plaza
  • Vintage Vehicle Display on Annenberg Plaza (Oct. 3-6, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.); two muscle cars owned by John L.D. Atkinson, M.D.
  • Mayo Clinic Floral Wall Displays (Oct. 3-7) at both the downtown and St. Mary’s campuses

While Heritage Days goes from October 1-7, Saturday’s open house is the only chance to get the rare access to the Plummer Building.




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