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“Cool museum rich in history with scenic views”
Review of Mill City Museum

Mill City Museum
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$49.64*
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Minneapolis Riverwalk Food Tour
Ranked #8 of 211 things to do in Minneapolis
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
“Cool museum rich in history with scenic views”
Reviewed June 14, 2014

After reading mostly positive reviews about this museum, my wife and I visited this cool place on our visit to Minneapolis, and are glad we did. It was very easy to find from the interstate, and was in a safe area.
Because of timing, we did not watch the movie, but rode the elevator 'ride.' After sitting down on a tiered elevator, you ride up and down the elevator shaft, where at each floor, the doors open, and there is a narrator that talks about life in the mill to give everyone a unique perspective on the mill's importance and working life.
At the top, there is an interpreter who briefly talked about the top floors, and then you are allowed to walk outside for amazing views of the Mississippi River, St. Anthony Falls, the Stone Arch Bridge, and a bird-eye view of the mill ruins. The bottom floor had many exhibits and artifacts about the Mississippi River mills.
The museum and the ruins are definitely worth a visit, and the price was $11 per person. I would also recommend walking out into the Mill Ruins Park along the Mississippi River and along the Stone Arch Bridge after.

Visited May 2014
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Orange County, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
“learned a few things”
Reviewed June 14, 2014

We felt this was very oriented towards kids, and the bulk of the museum (downstairs) was a bit disorganized. But we learned a few things. You get assigned a time when you buy your ticket and that is to ride the "elevator", then you get let out up top with a great view. Then you are on your own to go back downstairs and see the museum. The elevator was a bit disappointing, we expected more. We spent maybe an hour at the museum, plus watched the movie about MN history. Nice gift shop. Neat to see the old burned building structure. Overall worth an hour and a half but don't kill yourself to get here.

Visited May 2014
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Huntsville, Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Very Interesting”
Reviewed June 14, 2014

Be sure to take the guided tour. It explains how the milling was done and about the explosion and fire that closed it. A very fun interactive museum.

Visited May 2014
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Australia
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44 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Great presentation”
Reviewed June 14, 2014

Cleverly presented ruin of an old flour mill, with multiple points of interest, including an elevator cinema, viewing deck, bakery and more.

Visited May 2014
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Chandler, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Lots of history and old things to look at! (And get your hands on!)”
Reviewed June 12, 2014

We received free passes to this museum so we check it out. It had a ton of old products that the mills made, such as bold bisquick boxes, old cereal boxes, labels, pictures, etc. It was very educational and they had a lot of things for kids, such as the bake lab and other interactive things they can get their hands on. We don't have kids that age anymore, but there are a lot of other things to see that that adults can appreciate. The highlight of the tour was the elevator tour, which if found was quite clever. You go up and down in this big freight elevator while sitting and watch a presentation that spans several floors of the Flour Tower. It culminates in being let out on the 8th floor where you can go out to and see the Mississippi River and the Stone Arch Bridge, among other things. A definite must-see for history buffs!

Visited June 2014
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