Mill City Museum, Minneapolis
About Mill City Museum, Minneapolis
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis - Address, Phone Number, Ticket Price
Address: 704 S 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Ticket Price: 11 USD
Time Required: 04:00 Hrs
Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
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This is a historical Society Museum that was built in 2003 on the ruins of the Washburn ‘A’ Mill. This was a flour mill that was considered as the largest in the world after it was established. It was a symbol of the industrial growth in the city. The museum stresses on the growth of the city, especially flour milling and on the other industries that used to utilize the water power of the St. Anthony Falls.
The whole tour of the museum is a show in which you get to know the history of Minneapolis and the large flour milling industry here. There is everything from a water lab, baking lab and mill machinery.
- There is a flour tower in the center in which there is a freight cab where you will sit. This will take you on a tour of the different floors of the museum. The floors of this museum resemble exactly that of the flour mill. The additional effects are the voices of the workers who worked in the museum.
- After this you will be able to exit from the 8th floor where the friendly staff will tell you all about the factory and mill machinery.
- The 9th floor is the most beautiful. It is a deck from where you can get the perfect view of the St. Anthony Falls.
Mill City Museum Information
- The Mill City music event is organized every year in the ruin area of the museum. This features bands of various genres from the twin city itself.
- Events and workshops are organized throughout the year. Check the website prior to your visit.
Mill City Museum Ticket Prices
- USD 9 (for senior citizens and students with ID).
- USD 6 for the age of children between six to seventeen.
- Free for the children below 5 years and members.
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Mill City Museum, Minneapolis Reviews - Write a Review
I love how they did their tour. It really took the info off the page and gave a sense of how things were. You sit in a large elevator and move up and down to different parts of the mill. There's also an excellent 19 minute video before the tour. You can top it off with a nice river view at the end. A cafe and gift shop are inside. There's street parking and also a parking garage directly across the street. Rental bikes are nearby and it looks like some nice riding/walking paths along the river and across the bridge. Just next door to the Guthrie Theater.
Nice little museum. I agree with what others have said, the 19 minute video on the history of Minneapolis and the flour tower elevator ride are by far the best part. The rest of the museum is interesting, but there's only so much you learn about flour. After the elevator ride you can go out on the top floor observation deck, which has a great view of the river.
When researching attractions in the twin cities, I was honestly surprised that a museum about flour production had such good reviews. Sort of at the last minute, due in large part to the weather, I decided to go here instead of Como Zoo & Conservatory. The exhibits themselves are OK. Most, if not all, of them are interactive so very kid friendly. There is also a baking lab that sounds interesting but weweren't able to visit it. But I believe that what makes this museum great are (in ascending order) the short history film and the elevator ride. The short film is a humorous take on the history of Minneapolis. The elevator ride is harder to explain. It also recounts history of the building as you go up and down through the floors. I think this alone is already worth the price of admission. As a bonus, at the end of the elevator ride, you are treated to a great view over the nearby St Anthony Falls and the Stone Arch Bridge. For parking, Mill Quarter Parking Ramp and Riverfront Municipal Parking Ramp have been suggested. We just did street parking though. If you decide to stay longer in the area, street parking will be inconvenient as there is a time limit.
Very interesting museum imaginatively built into the surviving structures of what was once a huge water powered flour mill. You start with some displays and then an elevator tour takes you up and down through a series of video and exhibits and lets you out on the top floor where you can look out over the site and beyond over St Anthony’s Falls and the city. Downtown location so the parking is in the municipal ramp which can get full/pricey on event days.
I can get bored a museums but this place is about as cool as you can get. Worth going and can be done relatively quickly. Ride the lift to the top floor for great views and learn about how flour can actually be interesting.
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