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Mill City Museum, Minneapolis

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#1 of 42 in Historic Sites in Minnesota
History Museum Historic Site
Inside the ruins of what was once the largest flour mill in the world, Mill City Museum showcases the flour industry and features interactive exhibits and tours. You'll explore milling machinery and baking labs and sample freshly made bread. A freight elevator takes you to eight different floors of the mill where you can observe working mill areas via an audio tour. You'll also get a chance to see a 4.5 m (15 ft) tall Bisquick box and contrast its 1931 packaging on one side to the1981 look on the other side. Don't miss the ninth floor observation deck that offers views of the Mississippi River. To visit Mill City Museum and get the most from your holiday in Minneapolis, create itinerary details personal to you using our Minneapolis vacation trip planner.
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  • The door to the museum proudly states that the "story of carbohydrates starts here". As an integrative medicine physician I would add that the current epidemic of obesity also and sadly does also. Thi...  more »
  • We went here because we were given a ticket as part of our segway tour. I'm so glad we made time to visit -- it's a very unique part of history. Kids will love all he hands on stuff too!  more »
  • I really enjoyed the history of human interaction with the falls on the Mississippi River; the flour and lumber mills, hydroelectric plants, failed attempts to tunnel... seeing how Minneapolis and flo...  more »
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  • My expectations were low, because after all this is a museum about flour, but I was blown away by how the staff had taken a fairly boring topic and made it so much more. The elevator ride to the top incorporated technology well, the view from the top was beautiful, and the full glass elevator ride down was awesome! Back down on the main floor staff were doing cooking demos and running different activities. Fun for all ages!!
  • This building caught my eye from the Stone Arch Bridge. The beautiful new industrial glass building peaking out from the dilapidated original exterior of the mill was just beautiful. I really enjoyed our tour. The freight elevator idea is so unique! The outside overlook offered a great view
  • A very interactive and educational way to learn the history of Minneapolis. Great for families with kids and has many kid focused activities. The elevator film and rooftop balcony are definitely the highlights of the museum. Worthwhile for any visitor, tourist, or Twin Cities resident.
  • Very interactive with many activities for kids to have fun. Interesting 18 minute film that provided some history and was entertaining. Really enjoyed the Flour Tower and to see the magnificent view from the rooftop. Tasty rye bread sample too. Spent about 2-1/2 hours and was worth the visit.
  • Great experience really telling the rich history of the area. Watch the movie "Minneapolis in 19 minutes flat". It's great

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