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“Cousins visit from Denmark” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Mill City Museum

Mill City Museum
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Owner description: 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.
Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
“Cousins visit from Denmark”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

They really liked the exhibits and the video done by Kevin Kling.
They said they learned more about the state and the agricultural impact of flour and milling.

Visited July 2012
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Willmar, Minnesota
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“Opera at Mill City”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

We attended the premier season of Mill City Opera's production, Pagliacci in July, 2012. The venu within the walls of the Mill City Museum's ruin was as exciting as the opera itself. Acoustics, lighting, the setting sun, cool night air after a hot July day and excellent musicians made this an unforgettable event! BTW, the baritone who sang the role of Tonio, Andrew Wilkowske, was outstanding--and he's my son!

Visited July 2012
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230 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 182 helpful votes
“Well done for both adults & kids”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

I came with an interest in factories and mills and I found the staff very knowledgable and friendly. There are many exhibits on the main floor with a special interactive section targeted for kids but not exclusive to them. I thought the elevator ride was an effective presentation of the life of the mill. The interpretation (actor) of William de la Barre was well done too. Add in th view of the river are from the top and the view of the mill ruins and it was an afternoon well spent. Don't come here in a hurry; come planning to spend some time an learn.

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Sherwood Park, Canada
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32 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Interactive with a great view!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

It cost $11 for an adult. There are activities that all ages can enjoy and learn from. The people working there circulated around and were very outgoing and knowledgeable. The museum is built in the shell of a flour mill that burned in 1996 and there is still original machinery and walls integrated in the museum. The elevator was interesting and the view at the top was worth seeing - don't go on this part if you are scared of heights. A nice part is that the tower tour is accessible to people in wheelchairs - good on them to think of it.

Well worth going there once. It gives a good appreciation of why Minneapolis exists and why it exists where it does. I learned quite a bit of information by going here.

Visited October 2012
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cleveland, ohio, u.s.a.
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77 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Better than the usual history museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

The fact that the museum is built within the shell of a huge flour mill gives it an authenticity that many historical centers lack. The elevator tour with vignettes of the mill's working days on each floor was the high point for me. The 19-min film was entertaining but more generic, about Minneapolis but not the mill specifically. Other displays good. The Ruins Courtyard is beautiful in the way that abandoned industrial building can be. And there's a great view of the river, falls, and downtown from the top. I recommend it highly to anyone interested in our industrial history. Oh, and a gift shop with lots of unique toys, books, etc.

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