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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.
Reviewed January 13, 2013

Living here I'd never been to this museum and was curious about it. Spent a couple hours there this weekend and was pleasantly surprised. There were people of all ages enjoying the exhibits. It explains about the how the city of Minneapolis ended up where it is and covered the history of the flour mills. It took a somewhat dry and to some possibly a boring topic and made it come alive and was very interested. The Betty Crocker Kitchen exhibit, the water room, the story teller, and the movie were all excellent and I was favorably impressed. Even small children were drawn in by the people working the exhibits. Worth a visit.

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Reviewed January 13, 2013

One of my nieces once asked, "Why is there Minneapolis?" Shortly afterwards, we made our first trip to the Mill City Museum. That was many years ago, and I've been taking people to the museum ever since. The place is built inside the burned out ruins of the Washburn Crosby "A" Mill, at one time the biggest flour mill in the world. There are loads of interactive exhibits for kids and adults to explore. You can follow wheat from harvest to milling, examine an old steam tractor, mill stones and milling machines and visit a test kitchen. You can even see a flour dust explosion, and learn why this mill, and so many other grain mills and elevators, have gone boom. There's a wet lab, where you can get an idea of the power of the Mississippi River that drove this mill, and the rest of the Mill District. A movie, Minneapolis in 19 Minutes Flat, is narrated by local hero and playwright Kevin Kling, and gives a fast paced history of the city and the water fall that turned it into an industrial force. Then comes the best part of the visit: the Flour Tower. It's a freight elevator ride through the history of the "A" Mill. Each stop offers oral histories and a peak at the workings of the mill, from the business office to the guys heaving big bags of flour into boxcars in the train shed. The Flour Tower ends with a tour of surviving mill equipment, and a panoramic view of the Mississippi River, Saint Anthony Falls, the Stone Arch Bridge, and the Mill District. If the why of Minneapolis hasn't become clear yet, this view will make it obvious. And when your visit is over, take some time to walk across the Stone Arch Bridge to see Saint Anthony Falls. If the Mississippi River is running high, you can smell the river and feel mist drifting from the falls.

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Reviewed January 11, 2013

If you want to know why Minneapolis is here and what made it tick, this is the place to go. Beautifully interactive and delicious smelling. Ride the Flour-Tower...truly a unique approach to museum storytelling. And take the time to watch the 12 minute film on the history of Minneapolis. It's fun, fast and not the least bit stuffy. If you don't go up to see the view from the top, you've missed the point. (Note: there is a National Parks Passport stamp at the gift shop, but you have to ask for it)

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Reviewed January 5, 2013 via mobile

Went to the museum on a Saturday afternoon. There weren't many people there. The film with Kevin Kling, Minnesota Storyteller Extrodinaire, "Minneapolis in 19 Minutes Flat," is worth the trip to the museum. I grew up in a suburb of Minneapolis and learned a lot.

We also heard a historical interpreter acting as former, very forward-thinking librarian. She did an excellent job. The exhibits were very interesting. I especially liked the carvings, glass wall by the stairways and beautiful flooring on the stairs. There is fun memorabilia of Minnesota companies.

The gift shop is very interesting. It includes some locally made. & MN goods (cards, Wood From the Hood ornaments), jewelry, fun kitchen and serving items & kid's section. I bought lots!

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Reviewed January 2, 2013

Housed in a converted millhouse, the former General Mills-sponsored museum does a nice interactive film / elevator ride and live model demo of the explosion that burned the factory down. You can also sample some cookies if that's your thing! Nice views of the river too.

Thank Andrew M
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