Mill City Museum

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Rates

  • $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

Other Date Information

  • 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.

Attraction Attributes

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

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Events

  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. 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.

  3. Hope & Healing Cabaret

    Hope & Healing Cabaret

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

    Coretta Scott King wrote that the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday “celebrates the life and legacy of a man who brought hope and healing to America.” Join in celebrating Dr. King’s life and legacy through theatrical and musical performances. Light refreshments and a cash bar will be available.

    This program is a collaboration between MNHS and the African American Interpretive Center. It is made possible by the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008.

  4. 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.

  5. STEM Family Day

    STEM Family Day

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

    History and science come together in a day of family activities focusing on the role of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) in the past and present of the Minneapolis riverfront.

  6. 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.

  7. Women of Mill City Family Day

    Women of Mill City Family Day

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

    Celebrate Women's History Month with a day devoted to the women of Mill City. Enjoy performances by Mill City Museum History Players portraying 19th and 20th-century women from Minneapolis and the surrounding area. Explore the museum exhibits for stories of women who contributed to Minnesota history and Minneapolis' flour milling, like the female flour packers who began working at the Washburn A Mill in 1902.

    Visitors can also dress up and have their picture taken as a 1950s mill worker and make their own paper hat like women flour packers wore in 1919. By 1919, dozens of women worked as packers on the fifth floor of the Utility Building, which became known as “No Man’s Land.”

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