Mill City Museum

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  • $12 adults, $10 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members

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  • 704 South 2nd Street in downtown Minneapolis, 3 blocks north of the Metrodome, near the Guthrie Theater. Parking at nearby meters or ramps. GPS: 44.9787,-93.2575

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  • Open Tuesday through Saturday 10 am-5 pm, Sundays noon-5 pm. Open Mondays in July and August from 10 am-5 pm. Please check website for holiday hours.

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  • Accessible to Disabled
  • Can Accommodate Groups of 45 or more

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Events

  1. "Faces of Minnesota" Exhibit

    "Faces of Minnesota" Exhibit

    704 S 2nd St
    Minneapolis, MN 55401
    Call: (612) 341-7555

    View the new Minnesota Public Radio exhibit, “Faces of Minnesota,” a collection of 50 images from the last decade that document our state and the people who live here. The pictures come from the work of MPR’s award-winning news and music photographers and regional freelancers, and they tell the story of what makes Minnesota special.

    The exhibit is presented as part of the celebration of MPR’s 50th anniversary in 2017. The exhibit is located in the museum’s central Mill Commons and is free and open to the public during regular museum hours from October 19 through November 12, 2017.

  2. 35W Bridge Collapse Display

    35W Bridge Collapse Display

    704 S 2nd St
    Minneapolis, MN 55401
    Call: (612) 341-7555

    To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 35W Bridge collapse on Aug. 1, 2007, MNHS will display a remnant of the bridge, a gusset plate, at Mill City Museum. The National Transportation Safety Board determined that the bridge's too-thin gusset plates were a likely cause of the collapse.

  3. An "Eventually" Christmas: Holidays at the Mill

    An "Eventually" Christmas: Holidays at the Mill

    704 S 2nd St
    Minneapolis, MN 55401
    Call: (612) 341-7555

    Join the Ghost of Mill City Past for an intimate look at the 1920 Washburn Crosby holiday party in this unique play set in the museum's Flour Tower elevator ride. Scenes unfold on different floors where the audience meets characters drawn from the pages of the company's employee newspaper, the Eventually News. Witness the rocky romance of Celia and Otto; meet marketing mastermind Benjamin S. Bull; experience the awesome sweeping power of Bill Smith and learn the secret origin of the Washburn Crosby marketing slogan, "Eventually—Why Not Now?"

    Performances are at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Sunday and at 5, 6 and 7 p.m. on Saturday. Recommended for ages 8 and older. Ticket includes museum admission and refreshments after the play.

  4. Disasters of the Riverfront Tour

    704 S 2nd St
    Minneapolis, MN 55401
    Call: (612) 341-7555

    Take a guided walking tour of the St. Anthony Falls milling district and learn about some of the most tragic disasters in Minnesota history. Hear the stories of fires, floods, explosions, collapses and other calamities. Visitors will stop along the riverfront and learn about the Eastman Tunnel Collapse in 1869, the Great Conflagration of 1893, bridge collapses in 1859 and 2007, numerous fires and massive landscape changes that shaped the Twin Cities.

  5. Family Baking: Holiday Traditions

    Family Baking: Holiday Traditions

    704 S 2nd St
    Minneapolis, MN 55401
    Call: (612) 341-7555

    Bake a traditional holiday treat and learn the history of holiday traditions in Minneapolis and the people who brought them here, in a special parent-child workshop. A museum baker will discuss the rich history of Swedish traditions and lead the group in preparing a traditional Swedish recipe from the new MNHS Press book "Jul: Swedish American Holiday Traditions" by Patrice Johnson.

    While the treats bake, participants will explore holiday traditions from a variety of nationalities through photographs, artifacts, samples and sharing stories. Participants will take home recipes and the treats they bake.

  6. Minneapolis Riverfront Tour

    Minneapolis Riverfront Tour

    704 S 2nd St
    Minneapolis, MN 55401
    Call: (612) 341-7555

    Take a guided walking tour of the Minneapolis riverfront and learn about its dramatic past and bright future. Visit the historic district at St. Anthony Falls, once the milling center of the world and now a growing cultural, recreational and residential neighborhood. Stop along the Stone Arch Bridge for spectacular views of the falls, view historic buildings surrounding the riverfront and downtown Minneapolis, and learn about the many people who have worked and lived in the area over the years. Plus, explore the ongoing riverfront renaissance through the historic preservation of Mill Ruins Park, Mill City Museum, Milwaukee Road Depot, historic loft condominiums and new developments, including the Guthrie Theater, MacPhail Center for Music and riverfront housing.

    This tour includes about 1.5 miles of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces.

  7. Pillsbury A Mill Tour

    Pillsbury A Mill Tour

    415 Main Street SE
    Minneapolis, MN 55414
    Call: (651) 259-3015

    Discover the story of the National Historic Landmark Pillsbury A Mill, the largest flour mill in the world for many years, which recently reopened as the A-Mill Artist Lofts. A Mill City Museum guide will lead a tour of the former milling complex, including the rooftop deck and the basement waterpower facilities. Visitors will explore the largest and best-preserved waterpower system in Minneapolis (with views straight down a 50-foot drop shaft); discover how the building functioned during the flour milling era and learn about the new hydroelectric plant that helps to power the complex.

    The Pillsbury A Mill was the flagship mill of the Pillsbury Flour Milling Company. The A Mill was not only the largest flour mill in the world when it opened in 1881, it was one of the few architect-designed mills in Minneapolis, designed by Leroy S. Buffington. As such it was an industrial show piece and tourist attraction from the start. The Pillsbury A Mill ceased operation in 2003, and in 2015, the complex was redeveloped as affordable lofts for working artists by Dominium, a Minneapolis-based developer.

  8. Railroad History Tour

    Railroad History Tour

    704 S 2nd St
    Minneapolis, MN 55401
    Call: (612) 341-7555

    Beginning with the arrival of Minnesota's first rail line in 1862, Minneapolis boomed in population and flour milling, lumber production and warehousing took off. Take a guided tour of railroad landmarks, including the Stone Arch Bridge, Milwaukee Road Depot and the Minneapolis Eastern Railway engine house and trestle. Along the way, find clues to the vanishing railroad landscape and learn about the future of Twin Cities rail.

    The tour includes about 1.5 miles of moderately-pace walking on uneven surfaces.

  9. Riverfront Quest Family Tour

    704 S 2nd St
    Minneapolis, MN 55401
    Call: (612) 341-7555

    Explore the Minneapolis riverfront with a family treasure hunt. Make a quest journal from 10:30-11 am and then solve rhyming riddles, search for hidden boxes and discover the stories of Minneapolis' history along the way from 11 am to noon. The tour is designed for ages 6-11.

    The 60-minute tour includes no more than one mile of moderately paced walking on uneven terrain.

  10. Star Tribune Holiday Cookie Contest Winners

    Star Tribune Holiday Cookie Contest Winners

    704 S 2nd St
    Minneapolis, MN 55401
    Call: (612) 341-7555

    Get holiday baking inspiration and sample the winning recipes from the Star Tribune's Taste Holiday Cookie Contest. Rick Nelson of the Star Tribune will talk about the contest, how it's judged, and what makes a great holiday cookie. Sample the winning recipes and enjoy hot cider and coffee from 1 to 3 pm, then vote for your favorite cookie for the visitor’s choice award. Bring a holiday recipe to share and get baking tips.

    Finish the day with a cookie demo by Patrice Johnson, a past winner of the Star Tribune Holiday Cookie Contest and the author of the new book "Jul: Swedish American Holiday Traditions" from the Minnesota Historical Society Press.

    The Star Tribune's Taste section sponsors the annual Holiday Cookie Contest in which readers submit their favorite holiday cookie recipes. The winner and runners-up are announced in the Taste section on November 30.

  11. Washburn A Mill Tour

    Washburn A Mill Tour

    704 S 2nd St
    Minneapolis, MN 55401
    Call: (612) 341-7555

    Take an in-depth look at the historic Washburn A Mill complex and the award-winning Mill City Museum building. A museum interpreter will take visitors into the building’s many nooks and crannies, highlighting the lives of the men and women who worked there, how the building functioned during its peak flour milling years and the many changes to the building over time.

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