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Mill City Museum

Opens in 9 min: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Built into the ruins of what was once the world's largest flour mill, Mill City Museum is located on the historic Mississippi Riverfront. Here, visitors of all ages learn about the intertwined histories of the flour industry, the river, and the city...more
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704 S 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55401-2163
+1 612-341-7555
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Reviewed 27 August 2018

Knowledgeable staff, interesting exhibits, learning about life in the past from a different perspective. Had no clue how fascinated we would be when we walked in. I highly recommend this.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank shirlsaw63
Reviewed 27 August 2018

Great view from on top of the building of the Mississippi River and the waterfall. Tower elevator explains what happened in the building when grain was made into flour. The Movie is good to learn about the area and how Minneapolis was named. - Close...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Susan T
Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

Interesting modern museum located within the shell of the defunct and partially ruined Washburn A flour mill with a scenic river overlook. Great exhibits on the history of the mill, milling process, water power and the milling industry. Included is an entertaining 19 min video...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank georgegL1288US
Reviewed 25 August 2018 via mobile

The flour mill history was fascinating! The museum did a superior job of recreating different scenarios within the mill by allowing you to ride the freight elevator. The audio visual was well done. I love everything about this museum.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Texasblackcat
Reviewed 23 August 2018

It was something we stumbled on and really glad we found it. Once you go inside, you can then appreciate the importance of the tour. A few short historical films, a lot of static displays and guide tour parts. The tour guides were able to...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank flametamer911
Reviewed 23 August 2018

We loved this museum! I had never been to a museum about flour milling, so I learned a lot. There is an interesting tour, The Washburn A Mill Tour. The film "Minneapolis in 19 Minutes Flat!" gives a good overview of the history of Minneapolis....More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank capitollover
Reviewed 21 August 2018

DO NOT MISS this old wheat made into flour museum. The mill closed after a fire and a General Mills consolidation. There is a 20 minute film about the history of Minneapolis and a neat tour of the mill.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Gary S
Reviewed 20 August 2018

This museum tells the story of Minneapolis through the eyes of the workers in the mill. The elevator has bleacher type seating which takes you to different levels where there are recordings of former mill workers talk about their experiences, while you view equipment and...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 20 August 2018 via mobile

This museum is built next to ruins of a mill. It blends the old and new well. Interesting to learn about the flour milling industry, including the danger of explosion from the flour dust. Also, in summer there is an opera series in the ruins...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank JoyH32
Reviewed 20 August 2018

Enjoyed touring the Mill Museum. The Flour Tower was very interesting. Enjoyed all the pictures, videos, etc about when the mills started in the city. Also liked the "Minneapolis in 19 Minutes Flat film". A lot of nostalgia, as well as hands-on exhibits. Good exhibits...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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10 May 2018|
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Response from bklein62 | Reviewed this property |
I would leave 1.5 hours tops.
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Response from Michael W | Reviewed this property |
Parking may be a challenge on the 4th, but the city has a ramp directly across the street with 324 spaces. We have used it recently when the on-street parking was blocked by construction. There is no attendant so you need to... More