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Mill City Museum

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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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Must see for out of town visitors!!

Locals should bring out of town guests to the Mill City museum because it answers the question --what is unique about Minneapolis? Since the building itself has so much history... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 10, 2012
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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116 reviews 116 reviews
22 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2012

Locals should bring out of town guests to the Mill City museum because it answers the question --what is unique about Minneapolis? Since the building itself has so much history, you are literally experiencing the history in addition to learning about it through their fun and unique exhibits, videos and rides.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2012

I live in the Twin Cities, and this is my favorite museum. Great view of the river and stone arch bridge. The grain dust explosion demonstration is cool! This museum really connects the history of Minneapolis and the flour milling industry. Excellent displays of milling technology (speaking as an engineer). Flour tower exhibit reminds me of an amusement park ride.... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2012

I had heard of the Mill City Museum, but was pleasantly surprised at how informative and enjoyable this museum was. Great pictures and view of the river, plus interesting facts and information about Minneapolis.

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New Jersey
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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

This is where you will get the full history of Minneapolis. I wasn't happy about the admission price (noting there's a pretty good deal for an all-MN-museums-pass that one might want to look into) but once we went on the flour tower I did not begrudge them the entrance fee anymore. When you purchase your ticket they give you your... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2012

While visiting Minneapolis, we made a day of walking around the West Bank area. The Mill City Museum was really a treat. We caught the freight elevator tour in which you see a recreated scene from the old mill on every floor with voices of former workers recalling the experience. Also interesting exhibits, a fun movie about the history of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2012

Spent about 4 hours here. The museum is a beautiful blend of old and new - with bright new glass attached to the ruins of the old mill. Be sure to take the Flour Tower Tour. They installed bleacher seats in the old freight elevator. The elevator stops on various floors and opens up to different sould and light shows... More 

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Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2012

Glad we didn't miss this gem! The museum building itself is very well planned within the ruins of the old flour factory. There are some interesting exhibits throughout and free samples of bread (mmmm!) While the Flour Tower Tour was touted as the highlight, our favorite thing was the video, "Minneapolis in 19 Minutes".

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Orono, Maine
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2012

I wasn't sure I wanted to take this tour, but I'm really glad I did. They do a good job immersing you in the world of the mill. Cool elevator/multimedia presentation - hard to describe, but worth it. Really good movie - "Minneapolis in 19 minutes flat" - that does a great job giving you a historical overview. Our guide... More 

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Jasper, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2012

Great! Whoever knew flour is so explosive...the tours are grand...very unusual and a must see. Got free admission with my Magical History tour ticket. Loved it!

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Florida
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2012

This experience has some twists that were very unique. The historical elevator ride was extremely well done. It's hard to explain it. You sit in a small set of stands that are set upon a utility elevator and go up and down to different presentations. The water exhibits are fun to play with too. This is fun for all ages.

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