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Mill City Museum

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Address: 704 South 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55401-2163
Phone Number: +1 612-341-7555
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Built into the ruins of what was once the world's largest flour mill, Mill...

Built into the ruins of what was once the world's largest flour mill, Mill City Museum is located on the historic Mississippi Riverfront. Here, visitors of all ages learn about the intertwined histories of the flour industry, the river, and the city of Minneapolis.

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Well organized for school groups!

As a middle school teacher, I was very impressed with how organized the museum staff were. Our schedule was planned for us with enough activities to fill the day, with enough time... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Shoreview, Minnesota
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Shoreview, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

As a middle school teacher, I was very impressed with how organized the museum staff were. Our schedule was planned for us with enough activities to fill the day, with enough time to explore the gallery. Their recycling and compost program was also explained to the students well at lunch. I definitely recommend the Flour Tower tour. It's like nothing... More 

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Dornoch, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The work to stabilise the shell of the mill after the explosion and fire gives on a real sense of proportion. The exposition in the interior renovated ground floor is interesting albeit the baking display was not operating while we were there. The highlights of the visit was the trip in the lift which stopped periodically to display scenes where... More 

Thank John D
Orchard Park, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Really enjoyed the Mill City Musuem. There were many excellent displays and I really enjoyed the trip through history via the old freight elevator. Excellent views from the top of the building. The docents here were excellent!

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Harrisonville, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

i like to travel to places like this and learn about how things are made and the history of places, i enjoyed this part of our trip very much and next time im in the area ill take the time to visit the park and other near by places

Thank kara w
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Can't imagine an interactive ride through an old flour mill could be done any better! You ride up and down in an old freight elevator (bench seats) and scenes open in front of you. Makes it pretty clear how the mills grew along with Minneapolis and why things changed over the years. Setting along the river is beautiful, too!

Thank goodenplentys
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Who knew Minneapolis shipped four billion pounds of wheat flour a year around the world? The museum is built in the shell of a mill that burned in 1995. It has a show-and-tell elevator ride that explains the milling process, an interesting collection of processed flour memorabilia -- Betty Crocker TV ads for the 1950s, and a children's education area.... More 

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Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent self guided exhibits with many interesting hands-on activities for ages 2 - 92! The Flour Tower gave a great understanding of a working flour mill with explanation of the fire. The movie by Kevin Kling was a definite must-see for an overview of the history on Minneapolis. His humor and creative presentation made it most interesting!

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Pasadena, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

in a space that recovers from an explosive accident, you might think that a museum about a flour mill would be really boring. But the "Flour Tower" tour is really impressive: the history is narrated and happens as you ride up and down the restored grain elevator, making it a unique museum experience, unlike any other. It was a fun... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went down there on a weekday morning. No waiting. First the movie, showing the early days of Minneapolis, then a very interesting adventure on the history of the flour mills in Minnesota.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice excursion, very informational, moderate space, cool exhibits and cheap admission price; but I got in free. Smile. I actually liked it and you can probably see everything in about an hour with the exception of the films. Museum is in a cool neighborhood and there's an excellent walking path behind it.


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