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Mill City Museum

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Neighborhood: Downtown
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Address: 704 S 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Phone Number: 612-341-7555
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Description: Located within the ruins of the Washburn A Mill, this museum chronicles...
Located within the ruins of the Washburn A Mill, this museum chronicles the flour milling industry through multi-sensory and interactive exhibits and games.
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It tells the history of Minneapolis!

This is the Place to learn about the background and history of Minneapolis in a very special building. I found some of the displays a bit oldfashioned, but it is a way to present... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 6, 2015
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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015 NEW

This is the Place to learn about the background and history of Minneapolis in a very special building. I found some of the displays a bit oldfashioned, but it is a way to present history so I suppose it has to be that way. It is very educational, and this is a museum which all generations enjoy. One must be... More 

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Monroe, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

I did not go to this museum expecting to be wowed. I was. Between the spectacular views of the frozen Mississippi, the quality of the ride, and excellence of their exhibits; the Mill City Museum have outdone themselves. This is one of the best small museums in the United States. No question. This is Minneapolis' must-see destionation.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

We love heading here with the kids. It's a great spot to learn about the flour history of Minneapolis.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Our whole family enjoyed this museum. Highlights for the adults: learning the history, the tour on the elevator, and the great view of the river from the top of the museum. Highlights for the kids: the elevator tour ride and the interactive hands-on activities on the bottom floor-creating log jams in the water and clearing them, completing/recreating the puzzle of... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The ruins are what remains of the original building. the experiential tour shows the story of the flour industry. There are some hands on exhibits for children and a display showing many of the products that were created there. A nice cafe/coffee shop and gift store inside.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Went with a friend one morning, planning to spend an hour our two. We ended up having to go to the cafe for a bite to eat because we stayed so long! We enjoyed the movie. The 8-story elevator ride tour, showing floor to floor scenario's was fun and the elevator tour guide made it entertaining. The different sections of... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Having been invited to be a guest baker in the kitchen several years ago, to my daughters having field trip from school....this place is an amazing historical place of what was one of the most important flour mills in the mid west. In the summer there is a farmer's market outside. In a thriving area of the city. A must... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This museum has some hands-on stuff to do, as well as a lot of info. Some days there are people giving talks as if they lived in a long ago era. Sometimes things are being baked and you can taste them. Great place for kids.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

It's a nice slice of time history of the milling era in Mpls. Ties into the history of the Mississippi, the labor movement, and women's rights in that era.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This place is very informative about the history of Minneapolis. Great place for kids too. Lots of exhibits and hands on information to explore. Loved the elevator ride and the information about the flour industry history.

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