Mill City Museum

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

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  • 3 blocks north of U.S. Bank Stadium, 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.

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

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  1. "St. Croix & Namekagon Rivers: The Enduring Gift" Exhibit

    "St. Croix & Namekagon Rivers: The Enduring Gift" Exhibit

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

    View a new exhibit of photographs, “St. Croix & Namekagon Rivers: The Enduring Gift,” by renowned nature photographer Craig Blacklock. The exhibit celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act that designated the St. Croix and Namekagon Rivers as part of the National Park system.

    The exhibit of framed photographs will be located in the museum’s central Mill Commons.

  2. Disasters of the Riverfront Tour

    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.

  3. Engineering the Falls Walking Tour

    Engineering the Falls Walking Tour

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

    Join a walking tour of St. Anthony Falls led by costumed History Player William de la Barre, the Austrian engineer who spent half a century developing Minneapolis flour milling and waterpower. Visit the Minneapolis riverfront, the west side milling district and the Stone Arch Bridge, and hear about the many ways the falls have changed over the years.

    William de la Barre, an Austrian engineer, arrived in Minneapolis in 1878 and was hired by C.C. Washburn to oversee reconstruction of the Washburn A Mill after its 1878 explosion. De la Barre was soon involved in the management of waterpower companies at St. Anthony Falls, and spent a 50-year career engineering the falls to maximize the power available to Minneapolis millers.

    This tour includes about 1.5 miles of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility.

  4. Hennepin Island Hydropower Walking Tour

    Hennepin Island Hydropower Walking Tour

    315 Main St. SE
    Minneapolis, MN 55414
    Call: (612) 341-7555

    Explore the history of waterpower at St. Anthony Falls, including special access to view the exterior of an operating Xcel Energy hydroelectric plant. During the early 20th century, more than two dozen mills and hydroelectric plants used the waterpower from St. Anthony Falls, today just one is left: Xcel's Hennepin Island Hydroelectric Plant.

    On this tour, a Mill City Museum guide will lead participants to Hennepin Island and Father Hennepin Bluffs Park, including special access to the power plant. Along the way, participants will learn about the historic uses of waterpower at the falls for flour milling, sawmilling and hydroelectricity, the role of hydroelectricity in Xcel Energy's green energy and energy efficiency initiatives and the future of waterpower on the Minneapolis riverfront.

    This tour is presented in partnership with Xcel Energy.

    This tour includes about 1.5 miles of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces, as well as climbing up and down several flights of stairs. Some historic locations on this tour are not wheelchair accessible. Tours begin at the gray door on 3rd Avenue SE at Main Street (around the corner from the main entrance at 315 Main Street SE).

  5. Historic Main Street Walking Tour

    Historic Main Street Walking Tour

    315 Main St. SE
    Minneapolis, MN 55414
    Call: (612) 341-7555

    Stroll through Minneapolis' oldest neighborhood on a guided tour and learn about the rich diversity of the 1850s town of St. Anthony and the immense changes along Main Street throughout the years. Founded in 1848, a few years before Minneapolis, St. Anthony has been a crossroads for many diverse peoples, including Dakota, Ojibwe, Yankees, German and Irish immigrants, métis, free blacks, and Southern tourists accompanied by enslaved people.

    Tour landmarks include the 1855 Upton Block, 1858 Martin and Morrison Building, Our Lady of Lourdes Church, the Pillsbury A Mill, and the Chalybeate Mineral Springs.

    This tour begins and ends at the gray door on Third Avenue SE at Main Street (around the corner from the A-Mill Artist Lofts' main entrance at 315 Main Street SE). It includes about one mile of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces.

  6. Mill City Live

    Mill City Live

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

    Mill City Live returns for its 15th season with five great evenings of outdoor music every Wednesday in August. Held in the museum's dramatic open-air Ruin Courtyard, Mill City Live features music by some of the Twin Cities' best local artists in a unique happy hour setting.

    Concert schedule:
    Aug. 1: Southside Aces
    Aug. 8: Ben, Weaver, Mike Munson, Strong Buffalo & Guests - An Evening of Song, Poetry & Story
    Aug. 15: Mary Bue
    Aug. 22: Little Fevers
    Aug. 29: Salsa del Soul

    Music takes place from 6-8 pm with food and drink available for purchase. Ticket price includes museum admission from 4-9 pm.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Riverfront Quest Family Walking Tour

    Riverfront Quest Family Walking 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, and children must be accompanied by an adult.

    The 60-minute tour includes no more than one mile of moderately paced walking on uneven terrain. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility.

  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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