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Mill City Museum – Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Mill City Museum – Minneapolis, Minnesota


This museum was built into the ruins of what used to be the world’s largest flour mill, the Washburn A. Mill.  It sits right on the river front of the Mississippi River.  The original A Mill was built in 1874 and leveled by a flour dust explosion that took 18 lives and destroyed much of the business area along the riverfront.  The A Mill was rebuilt in 1880 using the most modern equipment possible.  At that time it was the largest and most technologically advanced mill in the world.  It had things such as automatic steel rollers instead of traditional millstones.  At that time it is said that the mill produced enough flour to make 12 million loaves of bread a day!


The A Mill ran until 1965 when it was closed due to it becoming obsolete.  A fire occurred in 1991 and nearly destroyed the building.


It was following the fire that the Minneapolis Community Development Agency decided to clean up the area, fortify the walls to make the area safe.  Shortly after this the Minnesota Historical Society announced its plan to develop a musuem on the site.


When you visit you should take the Flour Tower 8 story elevator ride.  As you do you will learn the mill’s history as it unfolds before you as you go floor to floor.  You will want to go through the courtyard and see the shell of the original brickwork and limestone walls that remained following the fire in 1991.


You will want to visit the baking lab and get a sample of the fresh bread that is baked there.  The aroma itself will be enough to have you craving fresh baked bread.


The opportunity to “meet” some of the people from the era will add to the enjoyment of the trip.  These history players portray pivotal characters from the city’s past.


Go to the deck on the roof and you will see panoramic views of St. Anthony Falls, the Stone Arch Bridge, and the lock and dam from there.  Great way to get a “birds-eye” view of a beautiful area of the city.


Admission:

$10 adults

$8 seniors (65+)

$8 college students (valid ID)

$5 children ages 6-17


Hours:


Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday noon to 5 p.m.


Also open Mondays in July and August (including 4th of July): 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Closed Thanksgiving Day,

Nov. 24th.

704 South 2nd St.

Mpls, MN 55401

Directions


Contact


(612)-341-7555

mcm@mnhs.org


If you want an adult tour:


Special Rates for Groups of 10 or More.

Group looking at MCM from river side.



  • Tours must be booked two weeks in advance to receive group rate, however scheduling earlier ensures greater availability.

  • Additions or group cancellations must be made at least two weeks before scheduled visit

  • Non-refundable payment in full is due two weeks prior to visit

  • There is no handling fee for groups

  • To schedule a visit call 612-341-7556 or e-mail: mcmschedulingoffice@mnhs.org


Adult Group Visit Options


Gallery Visit


$8 per person (2 – 2.5 hours):



  • 15-minute greeting and orientation from museum staff

  • Self-guided time in the museum’s exhibits

  • Reserved time and tickets for the Flour Tower multimedia show

  • Reserved time and tickets for “Minneapolis in 19 Minutes Flat” movie


Washburn A Mill Tour + Gallery Visit


$10 per person (3 – 3.5 hours)



  • Hour-long guided walking tour of the museum and historic Washburn A Mill

  • Self-guided time in the museum’s exhibits

  • Reserved time and tickets for the Flour Tower multimedia show

  • Reserved time and tickets for “Minneapolis in 19 Minutes Flat” movie

  • Subject to availability – call for dates and times


Riverfront Walking Tour + Gallery Visit


$10 per person (3.5 – 4 hours)



  • 1 1/2 hour guided walking tour of the historic Minneapolis Riverfront District

  • Self-guided time in the museum’s exhibits

  • Reserved time and tickets for the Flour Tower multimedia show

  • Reserved time and tickets for “Minneapolis in 19 Minutes Flat” movie

  • Available June through October


Step-On Riverfront Bus Tour + Gallery Visit


$10 per person (3.5 – 4 hours total)



  • 1.5 hour-long step-on bus tour of the historic Minneapolis Riverfront District – you provide the bus and we provide the guide!

  • Self-guided time in the museum’s exhibits

  • Reserved time and tickets for the Flour Tower multimedia show

  • Reserved time and tickets for “Minneapolis in 19 Minutes Flat” movie

  • Subject to availability – call for dates and times. Tours must be booked at least one month in advance.


There are also tours available for youth and students so check with the museum for more information.


 


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