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Minnesota Historical Society

Mill City Museum

History Museum and Historic Site
Downtown East, Minneapolis
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  • Raven
    RavenSeptember 13, 2014
    The History Society did a great job adding to the ruins and building the museum. The Flour Tower tour is very original. And you must take a ride in the glass elevator.
  • K12 Inc
    K12 IncJanuary 22, 2013
    Did you know? At one time, the mill was the largest and most technologically advanced in the world - at its peak it could grind enough flour for 12 million loaves of bread in a day. Read more
    HISTORYApril 19, 2010
    Completed in 1880, the Washburn A Mill was declared the world's largest flour mill. It was nearly destroyed by fire in 1991, and after the city cleaned the rubble, it was converted into this museum.
  • Jeff J.
    Jeff JonesJanuary 11, 2012
    Ask for the National Parks Passport stamp at the gift shop desk. Ask for the second (old) one, too, if they don't get it out. And if you don't already collect National Park stamps, by all means start!
  • Brandon F.
    Brandon F.December 6, 2012
    Not what you'd expect. This should be the first place you go if it's your first time in Minn. Their tour is phenomenal and their staff has a plethora of knowledge. A perfect slice of Americana.
  • Susan O.
    Susan O'MalleyFebruary 18, 2012
    The minnesota in 19 minutes video show is incredible. Hilarious and informative, by a local comedian and playwright. Don't miss it.
    Upvoted Oct 22
  • Norman E.
    Norman EllisAugust 20, 2014
    If you'd of told my uppity NYC ass that I'd find an old Flour Mill interesting I'd have said you're crazy but low and behold!Beautiful ruins & a prime example of true American industrial history.
  • Cheapism
    CheapismMay 14, 2011
    Learn about what was once the worlds largest flour mill. Nice views of the river with games and interactive exhibits. Flour was a big part of Minneapolis's history, $10/adult & $5/kid. Read more
  • Albert E.
    Albert EllenichNovember 1, 2013
    Great museum, but very surprised and disappointed not to see any flour sack replicas in the gift shop of a museum about flour milling. Maybe I'm missing something.
  • Eric O.
    Eric OMarch 31, 2013
    Learn some history you may never have known about. Flour tour gets you a great view of the Stone Arch Bridge and the falls.
  • Fluying ✅.
    Fluying ✅July 9, 2016
    You shouldn't get confused, this is not one of the Koch brothers
  • Kris C.
    Kris CodlingAugust 13, 2014
    The Flour Tower is an absinthe look into history. And the views of St Anthony Falls and surrounding area are breath-taking!
  • Matilda E.
    Matilda ElfvinMarch 18, 2015
    Take the elevator to the 8th floor, beautiful view and pretty interesting stories on your way up!
  • Madeline S.
    Madeline StevensJune 18, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Flour tower is so fun! And the summer opera shows in the courtyard are great
  • Carmelo C.
    Carmelo CruzApril 23, 2010
    The flour tower is a sweet freight elevator ride with snippets of history. To top it off a view of the falls, and stone arch bridge from the 9th floor.
  • Nicky Y.
    Nicky Y.August 1, 2016
    A good history to hear and how smart the City can turn this old place to concert venue.
  • Austin W.
    Austin WestermannJuly 23, 2012
    Eat samples at the kitchen, they are really tasty! (by the Flour Tower enterance)
  • Arun D.
    Arun D'SouzaNovember 20, 2015
    Provides the best walkthrough of the Milling Industry that is the foundation business of the City of Minneapolis.
  • Kate Y.
    Kate YanJuly 6, 2016
    Largest flour mill in the world. They offer tours during the day.
  • The Wall Street Journal
    After riding the freight elevator/theater up the observation tower, watch "Minneapolis in 19 Minutes Flat," a funny history of the town. Read more
  • Randy M.
    Randy MillerOctober 17, 2014
    Love old building and rustic stuff. Very interesting
  • Amy T.
    Amy TangAugust 9, 2014
    Fun, inventive musuem, especially the Flour Tower.
  • Rebecca T.
    Rebecca ThompsonDecember 16, 2015
    Fun place to take family from out of town. Great view.
  • Anne A.
    Anne AssaultahMarch 12, 2013
    Learn how old mills made flour from wheat. There are hands-on exhibits and a baking lab.
  • Alexandra L.
    Alexandra LilleySeptember 5, 2015
    Great tour, beautiful view and wonderful history lesson
  • Stacey P.
    Stacey PostonJuly 14, 2012
    cool tour, amazing view, take a walk over the bridge after the tour.
  • Erika O.
    Erika OlsenJune 10, 2015
    Took my 18 month old here and the whole family had a blast!!
  • Steve B.
    Steve BivansJanuary 13, 2016
    Surprisingly fascinating museum! Kids love it!
  • Jared W.
    Jared WillsMay 29, 2010
    Check out Minneapolis in 19 minutes flat! Great little history movie starring Kevin Kling! Very cool museum also.
  • Todd T.
    Todd TumbergJuly 21, 2013
    Awesome spot for the Aquatennial Fireworks!!
  • Michael S.
    Michael ShoemakerDecember 21, 2009
    Check out the Sat morning farmers market, Mill City Ruins, and Guthrie's "Bridge to Nowhere." Then walk across the Stone Arch Bridge to St. Anthony Main. Awesome views.
  • Rachel K.
    Rachel KoliasAugust 23, 2011
    $5.00 concerts every Thursday in August in the Ruins!
  • Robin E.
    Robin EdmanApril 14, 2015
    Kids love the room with the water games.
  • Mpls.St.Paul Magazine
    Mpls.St.Paul MagazineNovember 30, 2010
    Spend a warm night among the ruins at the museum's summer courtyard concert series.
  • Kyle S.
    Kyle SeelyOctober 28, 2010
    Don't miss the Flour Tower!
  • Rick P.
    Rick PawlewiczMarch 25, 2016
    History of Floor
  • ROAM
    ROAMJune 13, 2012
    great museum!
  • J. W. B.
    J. W. BellAugust 8, 2011
    this is just cool to see Read more
  • Tammy S.
    Tammy Sproule KaplanFebruary 16, 2010
    Take the kids to the water lab. Under 6 are free.
  • jenni k.
    jenni konradJuly 8, 2009
    go on the Washburn A-Mill tour.
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