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.

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

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  1. 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

    Ride the Flour Tower elevator as it moves from floor to floor for each scene of this comic and heartwarming theatrical performance guided by the Ghost of Mill City Past.

    Based on true stories of the 1920 Washburn Crosby holiday party culled from the pages of the employee newspaper, The Eventually News, the show ranges from romance and danger to the origin of the company's marketing slogan, "Eventually—Why Not Now?" Witness Celia and Otto's rocky romance, thrill to the ingenious inventions of marketing mastermind Benjamin S. Bull, and experience the awesome sweeping power of Bill Smith.

    After the play, enjoy refreshments and holiday cheer in the museum's Baking Lab, followed by time to explore the museum's exhibit gallery.

    This production is written by comedian and writer Joseph Scrimshaw, directed by Laura Salveson, and stars a cast of professional Twin Cities actors. The show is recommended for age 8 and up. Performances begin at 6:00, 7:00, and 8:00.

  2. Danger & Disaster at the Mill Tour

    Danger & Disaster at the Mill Tour

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

    Flour milling was a dangerous job with lots of moving machinery, high-powered water turbines, and tall grain elevators where one wrong move could have disastrous consequences.

    Explore the dangers that workers faced on a guided tour of the Washburn A Mill. Learn about the deadly 1878 mill explosion that led to the rebuilding of the riverfront, see daily hazards like the "Humphrey manlift" that took the life of a millworker in 1936, and hear about the dangers of working in the related railroad and lumber industries.

    This tour includes no more than 1 mile of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility.

  3. Holiday Traditions

    Holiday Traditions

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

    Bake a holiday treat and learn about different holiday traditions in Minneapolis and the people who brought them here in a special workshop for families.

    Participants will craft a traditional Swedish recipe from the MNHS Press book Jul: Swedish American Holiday Traditions and explore holiday traditions from a variety of nationalities through photographs, artifacts, samples, and sharing stories. Families will take home recipes and the treats they baked.

    In addition, each registered family group will receive a Better Batter Bowl as a free gift, courtesy of Nordic Ware.

    This workshop is for ages 6 to 14 with an accompanying adult. Adults must be accompanied by a child.

  4. My Mighty Journey: A Waterfall's Story

    My Mighty Journey: A Waterfall's Story

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

    Explore artwork by internationally acclaimed artist Gaylord Schanilec that tells the story of the only major waterfall on the Mississippi River—known as Owamniyomni in Dakota and St. Anthony Falls in English—and the changes it has witnessed over 12,000 years.

    Making prints with materials collected along the riverbank, Schanilec creates works of art that show the progression of the waterfall over thousands of years from present-day St. Paul to its current location, 15 miles upriver in downtown Minneapolis. The exhibit features images of Schanilec's artwork from the MNHS Press book "My Mighty Journey: A Waterfall's Story" by author John Coy.

    Part of the fall 2019 series "River, Water, Stories," the exhibit and related programs examine the relationship between people and the Mississippi River in the past and present. With museum admission, guests are encouraged to explore new hands-on activities in the interactive Water Lab that highlight changing ideas about the falls over time.

    The exhibit is located in the museum's central Mill Commons and is free and open to the public during regular museum hours through March 29, 2020.

  5. Pillsbury A Mill Tour

    Pillsbury A Mill Tour

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

    The Pillsbury A Mill, constructed in 1881, was once the largest and most advanced flour mill in the world. Go on a guided tour of the former milling complex, including the rooftop deck and the basement waterpower facilities, and discover the story of this National Historic Landmark, now home to the A-Mill Artist Lofts.

    Highlights include the largest and best-preserved waterpower system in Minneapolis, with views straight down a 50-foot drop shaft through a glass floor. Guests will discover how the building functioned during the flour milling era, see the architectural highlights of the recently completed A-Mill Artist Lofts built within the historic mill buildings, and learn about the new hydroelectric plant that helps power the complex.

    This tour is presented in partnership with A-Mill Artist Lofts.

    The tour includes about 1.5 miles of moderately paced walking indoors and outdoors with some uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility.

  6. 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. Hands-on programs designed for all ages.

  7. Strike! The Workers' Rights Tour

    Strike! The Workers' Rights Tour

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

    Take a guided tour of the historic Washburn A Mill to discover the dramatic story of work and labor in Minneapolis from the 19th century to today. Hear how activists improved the lives of workers in the mills and related industries and how management responded by creating anti-union policies and groups like Citizens' Alliance.

    Explore how labor was divided across race, class, and gender lines and the role of organized labor today. Learn about the 1903 and 1917 flour milling strikes, the Truckers' Strike of 1934, and the life and career of Nellie Stone Johnson, a union organizer and the first African American elected to citywide office in Minneapolis.

    This tour includes about 1 mile of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility.

  8. 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 guide 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.

    This is the only opportunity for a guided tour through the entire museum building and the only chance to see some of its non-public spaces.

    Tour highlights include:

    -The dramatic story of the 1878 Washburn A Mill explosion, and the other dangers that mill workers faced on a daily basis.

    -"The Octopus," a large machine that directed wheat into nine storage bins.

    -The Humphrey Manlift, a vertical conveyor belt that carried workers from floor to floor.

    -The Rail Corridor where hundreds of boxcars arrived each day to unload wheat and carry away flour.

    -Millstone Plaza, originally paved with retired millstones and the location for lunchtime concerts by the Washburn-Crosby employee band in the 1920s.

    -Evidence of the three major fires that damaged the building in 1878, 1928, and 1991.

    -The East Engine House, which was once home to a two-story steam engine, has been remodeled into two classrooms, while preserving the original railroad car-pulling machinery.

    The tour includes no more than 1 mile of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility.

    $18/MNHS members save 20%, includes museum admission.

    Visit the MNHS website for tickets.

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