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“A great piece of history” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Mill City Museum

Mill City Museum
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Minneapolis Riverwalk Food Tour
Ranked #7 of 205 things to do in Minneapolis
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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.
Tampa, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“A great piece of history”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2013

Being a big tourist and knowing nothing about Minneapolis, this museum was fascinating. I love the fact that the museum is built into the ruins of this burnt-down mill although the storage-half of it is still standing and preserved. I find the museum and ruins a staple in the skyline and definition of the city.

I would recommend going through the exhibit first and then doing the video/tour because going through the exhibit gives you a brief understanding then the video/tour goes more indepth and allows you to ask any questions you have remaining. You also get a great view of the river and ruins from the top of the museum. The video/tour is awesome too and very helpful and educational. You can find coupons for the museum in some of the city visitor guides throughout the city and the gift shop is great.

The only thing I wish the museum had was more information about the history of the Washburn A Mill itself. Most of the museum described a general history of flour milling and how the process works, but not much about the history of the mill very easily attained (although I was able to piece it together with random parts throughout the museum).

A MUST see while in Minneapolis, an awesome museum.

Visited May 2013
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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Super cool museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2013 via mobile

This is one of the more interesting museums I have seen. I liked the combo of the history of the city and the history of local industry. The elevator ride is very clever. Plan to spend a couple hours here.

Visited May 2013
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Overland Park, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Creative, interesting museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2013

This is a very interesting museum and riding the elevator up and down while hearing of the experiences of the workers there is fascinating. Our 12 year old gave it a mild thumbs up - she has a low tolerance for museums, so that's pretty good!

Visited March 2013
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Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Worth your time!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2013

Fantastic learning experience for young and old. Incredible tour ride through history. I would recommend this to anyone.

Visited March 2013
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Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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“Mill City Museum is a must”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2013

I love history and it gets no better than this. The story of how Minneapolis was built on the hydro power of St Anthony Falls that led to the largest milling district in the country is fascinating for kids and adults. Plus, it invites you to venture out to this great urban spot on the Mississippi River. Enjoy!

Visited May 2012
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