MANKATO — Don’t worry about planning a visit to the Mayo Clinic in honor of its 150th anniversary.
The Mayo Clinic is coming to you.
On Wednesday a semi will pull into town that carries Mayo’s mobile exhibit, a slick and futuristic walk-through that gives exhibit-goers a taste of where Mayo came from, where it is and where it might be going.
Admission to “mobile Mayo” — a 1,000-square-foot exhibit that can accommodate between 50 and 75 visitors at a time and between 150 and 300 per hour — is free. If you’re interested, though, plan accordingly. Some stops on the Mobile Mayo tour are two or three days. In Mankato, however, it’s just 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. The visit will take place in the parking lot of Madison East Center.
The exhibit is visiting more than 40 communities across the U.S. and Canada. Its tour started in April and continues through October.
“Throughout our history, people have turned to Mayo Clinic for hope and healing. By experiencing this exhibit you will share the enduring values and exciting vision of Mayo Clinic in service to humanity,” said Kerry Olsen, chair of the Mayo Clinic Sesquicentennial Committee, in a prepared statement.
Anyone who knows the history of Mayo knows the famous Dr. William Worrall Mayo was a small-town country doctor in Le Sueur before heading to Rochester.
The house he built there in 1859, the one in which he started the medical practice that would one day become a global symbol of medical excellence, is still there and available for tours.
In 1864 he moved his family to Rochester. His sons, William and Charles, joined his practice and the rest, as they say, is history — history you’ll be able to get a unique look at when “mobile Mayo” rolls into town.