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Mill City Museum, Minneapolis

Categories: History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
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4.5/5 based on 950+ reviews on the web
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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  • Plan about 2 hours or a little more for you visit. (The parking meters are for max. 2 hours at $1/hour.) The tour features an elevator with a narrated story of the mill and ends with a great view of S...  read more »
  • Felt that the whole experience was a bit disjointed. Although kids might enjoy going up and down in an elevator, it went back and forth several times like it didn't know where it was supposed to stop ...  read more »
  • This museum explores the history of the flour milling industry in Minneapolis. There are two components, film and a guided virtual tour of the mill workings that are representative of what was there, ...  read more »
  • This is a very good way to learn about history in Minneapolis! I didn't realize how many businesses started here and how important Minneapolis was to the United States in the early 1900's late 1800's. That being said the whole museum is very clean. It is very child friendly with some interactive activities (build your own cereal box, puzzles, activities with water). It is also very interesting for adults hearing first hand what life was like in the mill. I also find the old commercials for general mills, Pillsbury, etc very funny. By far, my favorite, is the grain elevator! This is included with the tour and is a very creative way of presenting history. At the end you get a very good view of the Stone Arch Bridge from the top of the mill. I'm not exactly sure how much it costs but I would recommend getting a Minnesota Historical Society membership if you like history. I have one which was discounted on groupon to around $30 (i think original is $50). This allows me to go for a free and bring a friend. It also includes all the other historical sites in Minnesota. I have already exceed the amount payed for going to Mill City twice with friends. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did and remember to go try the free samples in the baking area!
  • The main draw for this museum is the views from a top. When you go through the flour tour elevator you can go up and get a great view of the Mississippi and Dinkytown Minneapolis. The rest of the museum is very small. It's nice, and not too expensive.
  • Very interactive. The majority of exhibits can be touched by children. Many are meant to be explored by moving parts or entering into spaces. The Flour Tower is entertaining and informative. All of the guides were friendly and knowledgeable.
  • Great museum that tells the story of milling in a great way for all ages. Sometimes has free baked good for visitors! The view at the end of the flour tower tour makes it all worth it!
  • Fun museum to visit once, not much worth going back to see a second time. Love the building, could use additional rotating exhibits. The bread lab is neat. Great for kids.
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