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Mill City Museum

704 S 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55401 (Downtown)
612-341-7555
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Ranked #9 of 115 Attractions in Minneapolis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, History Museums
Owner description: Located within the ruins of the Washburn A Mill, this museum chronicles the flour milling industry through multi-sensory and interactive exhibits and... more » Owner description: Located within the ruins of the Washburn A Mill, this museum chronicles the flour milling industry through multi-sensory and interactive exhibits and games. « less
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Rochester, New York
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113 reviews 113 reviews
23 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

This may be a decent museum but you wouldn't hear it from me. They have an odd system of selling admission tickets on the third floor at the gift shop even if you arrive through the downstairs entrance. We arrived through the 1st floor entrance and told to take the elevator or stairs up to purchase our tickets. The woman... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

A great museum for background of the city, it's growth, and the mills that started it all. Great setting right along the river - don't miss the Flour Tower tour, it was just wonderful. Very knowledgeable docents and good for both kids and adults.

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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Enjoyed helpful staff at museum store and cool kitchen and small section of jewelry items at gift shop. The in house bakery had wheat bread to taste which was good and if you love baking you'll appreciate theme inside of baking giants and commercial products for flour and easy made foods . Interesting TV display using old commercial ads for... More

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Bay Area Houston, Texas
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164 reviews 164 reviews
99 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Perfect elements for people of all ages. The riding tour is a large elevator seating area that 25 people sit in and go up the "Flour Tower" seeing and learning about each floor's former role in production. The lookout deck on the top provides nice views of Minneapolis. There are good interactive exhibits for the kids.

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Bethesda
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We enjoyed this museum a great deal. The multidimensional ride through the flour shaft and operations demonstrated how monumental and dangerous milling was I the early 20th century. A historical eye opener for adults and kids...flat out cool as I heard one teenager exclaim.

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Minneapolis, MN
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

My 78 year old mother and I wished we had borrowed some kids to bring along! The museum itself is perfectly designed for kids to have an interactive experience while the adults read a bit about the history if the Minneapolis riverfront. The Flour Tower is an inventive piece of museum-ship and gave us the sensory experience of what it... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This museum is built along the Mississippi in the ruins of the Washburn "A" Mill. The mill burned down in 1991 and one section has been restored into this museum. It explains the founding and growth of Minneapolis and has many videos with real footage with interviews of former mill workers and 2 - 20 minute videos. They show how... More

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Fullerton, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Located downtown on riverfront. Knowledgable tour guides show how Minneapolis became the flour processing capital of the world. See actual equipment, ruins of old mill, observation deck and hands on fun exhibits as well as character storytelling. Great for kids and adults.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Took family and grand children here. The museum is very well done, laid out well and educational. The Flour Tower is impressive and the actor doing the Steele story about the founding of Minneapolis was amazing and did a great job and teaching with a great portrayal. My Grand daughters had a great experience . Another don't miss in Minneapolis.

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Ebensburg, Pennsylvania
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23 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

First time Minneapolis traveler. This museum offered plenty of historical and economic information about the beginnings of the city. I liked it because it was not too overwhelming yet thorough enough to give a basic understanding. The displays were excellent and seemed geared to all learning types. The Flour Tower was a unique way to present info. And the movie... More

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