Attraction Spotlight: Mill City Museum

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Check out the Mill City Museum on the Mississippi Riverfront. It’s a place where visitors can explore the histories of the flour industry, the city of Minneapolis and the river. It used be the world’s largest flour mill and now the ruins of that time have been made into a museum.

You can visit and tour the museum, schools can take field trips and you can rent the museum for special events. Here is a look at what you’ll experience upon visiting the Mill City Museum.

What to Do

The museum offers so much to see. When you buy a regular admission ticket you can see the Flour Tower multimedia show, the exhibit gallery, the 9th floor observation deck overlooking St. Anthony Falls and Mississippi River as well as the “Minneapolis in 19 Minutes Flat” movie. Your whole visit will take at least an hour and a half.

You’ll see things like a Baking Lab and experience the 8-story elevator ride through the exhibit. There are hands on exhibits that kids will love as well. You can take a self-guided tour or a group tour if booked in advance. The “Minneapolis in 19 Minutes Flat” film will give a lighthearted take on the city’s history. It plays every 30 minutes and is included in your admission ticket.

Before you go, check out the Museum Store. They have gifts, souvenirs, pottery, jewelry and more. The theme of the store is mid-20th century retro.


Admission is $11 for adults, $9 for seniors and college students, $6 for children and free for children 5 and under.

Where is it located?

The Mill City Museum is located at 704 South 2nd Street in Minneapolis. They are open all week except Mondays.  

Learn about the history of the old flour mill, how it exploded and what life was like back then. Their goal is to create the chance for the public to discover the industries and people that built the city of Minneapolis and how it transformed and influenced the world.

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The Mill City Museum was built into the ruins of what used to be the largest flour mill in the world. It's found on the historic Mississippi Riverfront and provides a great place for visitors to enjoy history of the city, the river and the flour industry.

What can you do at the Mill City Museum?

There are plenty of things to see here from the 8-story elevator to the many exhibitions. You can enjoy the Flour Tower, the Museum Store and so much more. The Baking Lab is one of the most popular attractions, along with the 9th floor Observation Deck. From the observation deck, you can see the Mississippi River and St. Anthony Falls.


One of the most popular ways to see the Mill City Museum is to take a tour. The museum offers numerous tours throughout the year and always has the Gold Medal Walking Tours available. You can book this tour online and see more than just the Mill City Museum. The tour leaves from the lobby and takes a look at Minneapolis including the history of the museum. Some examples of tours held at the museum include:

The Washburn A Mill Tour - Discover Washburn A Mill and all it has to offer.

  • Minneapolis History Pub Brawls
  • Minneapolis Riverfront Tour
  • Railroad History Tour
  • Historic Main Street Tour
  • And More!

The museum is the meeting place for many city tours, along with tours of the actual Mill City Museum.

Rental Space

The Mill City Museum also provides event and meeting facilities for weddings, corporate events and more. The Mill Commons and the Courtyard can both be rented for different types of events, such as weddings, dinners and larger gatherings. Along with these two areas, the conference rooms at the Mill City Museum can be rented for corporate functions or smaller gatherings.

Location, Hours and Admission

The Mill City Museum is found at 704 South 2nd Street in Minneapolis. The museum is open from 10am to 5pm, Tuesday through Saturday and from 12pm to 5pm on Sundays. Admission is $11 for adults, $9 for seniors and $6 for children.

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