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Mill City Museum, Minneapolis

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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. Arrange your visit to Mill City Museum and discover more family-friendly attractions in Minneapolis using our Minneapolis trip website .
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  • I’ve been on field trips to the Mill City Museum and they do an amazing job of telling the story of the mills in Minneapolis. Be sure to step out on the balcony for an amazing view of the Mississippi ...  more »
  • If you have time while you are in Minneapolis, visit the Mill City Museum. Very interesting bit of history and perspective. Probably a bit boring for kids.  more »
  • Born and raised in Minneapolis, this is my favorite excursion by far. It is fun, educational and easily doable in a couple of hours.  more »
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  • Love the local history, it was great to see a focus on Minneapolis history and the importance of why Minneapolis is where it is at. The exhibits in the basement we're great for the kids to interact with. Lots of hand on learning of hydrodynamic Power and the importance history. Was only there for two hours but it's my third time though there. Would love to see more history on Minneapolis, maybe have some type of rotation exhibits. Best part was the view from the top, great place to view the city and appreciate the hard working people of Minnesota.
  • A great place to visit in the twin cities if your into local history. It takes about 2.5 hours and there is a guided part of the tour that is included in admission. Make sure you do the "Flour Tower" it is the main attraction for sure. I also really enjoyed the view of the river from the observation area.
  • 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.
  • I was told to come visit this museum by a born and raised Minnesotan, and it did not disappoint! In depth history about the old flour mill, intereating exhibits and interactive displays for kids. I think the $12 entrance fee is more than reasonable, especially when you get to ride the interactive elevator to the top. The views of the city are amazing! Definitely a must go!
  • 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.

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