Mill City Museum
Mill City Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Frank L
    18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must visit to learn about Minneapolis (and USA)
    Wonderful museum at site of ruins of one of the largest flour mills - which used to be the anchor the city. Great elevator ride that takes you to different floors and shows you how everything worked. From the top, you get a great view of the St. Anthony Falls area. Good movie on Minneapolis as well.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 18 June 2023
  • scott r
    Silver Spring, Maryland707 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Both more and less than it seems - 3.5 stars = good
    The mill itself was/is basicalyy a total ruin; some walls & a foundation, that's it. Your experience is viewed from a massive elevator which rises through a series of recreated rooms and short video vingettes, and it is interesting but not particularly hostoric (as in 'real'). There's some silly patter about the ride being scary, which sent one poor child out before it even started. Perhaps she was thinking it was a roller coaster. There's a view from the top. Decently done given what they have to work with. The ground floor museum, however, manages to be both kid (hands on) friendly and actually interesting if you take the time to stop and read a bit. Certainly good for those of us who grew up with these products, or our parents did. Baking demo - never was clear if anyone actually got to sample what was being made - but had a nice conversation with the cook and probably could have carried on a bit longer. I think worth a stop, just don't imaine you will be walking through an old mill.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 5 July 2023
  • BillyJeff
    Kansas City, Missouri106 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A top notch local museum.
    We spent a few hours here and really enjoyed our visit. While it focuses on the milling industry, it provides a pretty comprehensive history of Minneapolis. Staff was plentiful and very engaging. The Flour Tower presentation was top notch and the movie (History of Minneapolis in 19 Minutes Flat) was much to our liking. Looked like there was a lot for kids to do, but mainly aimed at adults.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 24 July 2023
  • NemoTraveler
    Aarhus, Denmark703 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great museum
    The museum is located on the riverfront within what used to be a huge wheat mill, powered by the water. It should be noted that the museum is closed on Mondays to Wednesdays. Good paid parking is available within a short walk. The museum is situated in an eight stories high building and there is much to see and do. We chose to take the Flour Tower tour, which started in a huge elevator and gave a very good glimpse into the history of the mill. We also had the opportunity to see some of the historic machinery. We visited on a sunny and clear day and also enjoyed a visit to the Observation Deck with excellent views of the Mississippi River and the city. A good film about the development of Minneapolis is on show and gave some interesting information. A gift shop is available too.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 July 2023
  • SS_Forever
    Dallas, Texas526 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Loved the Unique Way they Present the History
    We parked in the garage across the street $5 for over an hour; paid at the kiosk on first floor when left. Price is based on time. Walked in at cost was $12 for each adult they did have discounts for seniors/veterans/kids. The flour tower was unique and a fun way to see the history. We then watch the 19 min show; love it too. Then having the water lab which is hands on; Baking lab and general area. They did a very good job. Almost forgot the observation desk to see the MS river and Saint Anthony falls was great.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 August 2023
  • Fresco Finance
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A total time-travel experience!
    Stepping into this historic flour mill, you're instantly transported back to the industrial heyday of the city. The interactive exhibits are like stepping into a living history lesson. I was particularly blown away by the Flour Tower ride, which gives you a bird's-eye view of the mighty Mississippi River and the city's milling district. It's a hands-on museum that's as entertaining as it is educational, and the staff are incredibly passionate about sharing the city's rich history. And let's not forget the Ruin Courtyard – a peaceful oasis right in the heart of the city. Mill City Museum is a total win!
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 October 2023
  • OnTheRoadAgain8180
    Gardiner, Maine410 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Flour Tower is awesome
    Plan on a couple of hours as there is so much to see and do here. We especially loved the Flour Tower elevator presentation, very innovative and interesting. Both of the labs were interesting as well, and of course the observation deck offers some great views of the river. Last but not least, we enjoyed the Minneapolis in 19 minutes film, which very few people went to. Kevin Kling was funny as we traced 400 years of history in 19 minutes; definitely recommend seeing this if you have the time.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 October 2023
  • 415Cyclist
    San Anselmo, California125 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting museum on the milling industry.
    A very interesting place with some interesting history. Learned a good bit about the milling industry. Definitely worth the visit if you're into how things work, get built, process, etc. Highlight was the mill dust explosion demonstration. Walking around the area was nice too.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 8 March 2024
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Betty
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
We enjoyed the interactive activities and learning about the history of the milling industry. We liked the elevator ride. The views of the city is excellent.
Written 1 June 2024
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415Cyclist
San Anselmo, CA125 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
A very interesting place with some interesting history. Learned a good bit about the milling industry. Definitely worth the visit if you're into how things work, get built, process, etc. Highlight was the mill dust explosion demonstration.

Walking around the area was nice too.
Written 9 March 2024
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OnTheRoadAgain8180
Gardiner, ME410 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Plan on a couple of hours as there is so much to see and do here. We especially loved the Flour Tower elevator presentation, very innovative and interesting. Both of the labs were interesting as well, and of course the observation deck offers some great views of the river. Last but not least, we enjoyed the Minneapolis in 19 minutes film, which very few people went to. Kevin Kling was funny as we traced 400 years of history in 19 minutes; definitely recommend seeing this if you have the time.
Written 16 October 2023
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Fresco Finance
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Family
Stepping into this historic flour mill, you're instantly transported back to the industrial heyday of the city. The interactive exhibits are like stepping into a living history lesson. I was particularly blown away by the Flour Tower ride, which gives you a bird's-eye view of the mighty Mississippi River and the city's milling district. It's a hands-on museum that's as entertaining as it is educational, and the staff are incredibly passionate about sharing the city's rich history. And let's not forget the Ruin Courtyard – a peaceful oasis right in the heart of the city. Mill City Museum is a total win!
Written 12 October 2023
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SS_Forever
Dallas, TX526 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
We parked in the garage across the street $5 for over an hour; paid at the kiosk on first floor when left. Price is based on time. Walked in at cost was $12 for each adult they did have discounts for seniors/veterans/kids. The flour tower was unique and a fun way to see the history. We then watch the 19 min show; love it too. Then having the water lab which is hands on; Baking lab and general area. They did a very good job. Almost forgot the observation desk to see the MS river and Saint Anthony falls was great.
Written 26 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

NemoTraveler
Aarhus, Denmark703 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
The museum is located on the riverfront within what used to be a huge wheat mill, powered by the water. It should be noted that the museum is closed on Mondays to Wednesdays.

Good paid parking is available within a short walk. The museum is situated in an eight stories high building and there is much to see and do. We chose to take the Flour Tower tour, which started in a huge elevator and gave a very good glimpse into the history of the mill. We also had the opportunity to see some of the historic machinery.

We visited on a sunny and clear day and also enjoyed a visit to the Observation Deck with excellent views of the Mississippi River and the city.

A good film about the development of Minneapolis is on show and gave some interesting information. A gift shop is available too.
Written 26 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

BillyJeff
Kansas City, MO106 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
We spent a few hours here and really enjoyed our visit. While it focuses on the milling industry, it provides a pretty comprehensive history of Minneapolis. Staff was plentiful and very engaging. The Flour Tower presentation was top notch and the movie (History of Minneapolis in 19 Minutes Flat) was much to our liking. Looked like there was a lot for kids to do, but mainly aimed at adults.
Written 24 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

scott r
Silver Spring, MD707 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
The mill itself was/is basicalyy a total ruin; some walls & a foundation, that's it. Your experience is viewed from a massive elevator which rises through a series of recreated rooms and short video vingettes, and it is interesting but not particularly hostoric (as in 'real'). There's some silly patter about the ride being scary, which sent one poor child out before it even started. Perhaps she was thinking it was a roller coaster. There's a view from the top. Decently done given what they have to work with. The ground floor museum, however, manages to be both kid (hands on) friendly and actually interesting if you take the time to stop and read a bit. Certainly good for those of us who grew up with these products, or our parents did. Baking demo - never was clear if anyone actually got to sample what was being made - but had a nice conversation with the cook and probably could have carried on a bit longer. I think worth a stop, just don't imaine you will be walking through an old mill.
Written 5 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Nan D
Philadelphia, PA350 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
A unique small specialty museum. It weaves the history of flour milling with the history of Minneapolis. There are interactive displays. Definitely worth a visit.
Written 23 June 2023
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Frank L
18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Wonderful museum at site of ruins of one of the largest flour mills - which used to be the anchor the city. Great elevator ride that takes you to different floors and shows you how everything worked. From the top, you get a great view of the St. Anthony Falls area. Good movie on Minneapolis as well.
Written 18 June 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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