Mill City Museum

704 South 2nd St.
Mpls, MN 55401


Tue 10 am-5 pm
Wed 10 am-5 pm
Thur 10 am-5 pm
Fri 10 am-5 pm
Sat 10 am-5 pm
Sun Noon-5 pm
Mon Closed
Also open Mondays in July and August, 10 am-5 pm


  • $12 adults
  • $10 seniors (65+) and college students w/ID
  • $6 children ages 5-17
  • Free for children age 4
  • Free for MNHS members
  • Veterans and active military receive free admission with ID on Veterans Day
  • Museums on Us: One free admission for Bank of America and Merrill Lynch card holders the first full weekend of every month. Bring your card and picture ID.




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Mill City Museum

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.

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Cartoon picture of people baking bread.

During its heyday between 1880 and 1930 it was said that more than 12 million loaves of bread were made daily from the wheat milled at the Washburn A Mill.

Historic photo of the Minneapolis Milling District

From 1880 to 1930 Minneapolis was the flour milling capital of the world, leading to the nickname "Mill City."

Photograph of a railroad car

Every working day, approximately 175 railroad cars of wheat were processed at the Washburn A Mill during its heyday. 

Photograph of a wheat farm

The flour mills in Minneapolis stimulated a boom in larger farms, and by 1880 70% of Minnesota's cultivated land was planted in wheat...Read more.

Photograph of St Anthony Falls erosion

The Falls of St. Anthony were gradually moving upstream, so mill workers had to construct a wooden apron to stop the damages of erosion...Read more.

Photograph of the dams of St Anthony Falls

Lakes and rivers in northern Minnesota that fed the Mississippi River were turned into a vast reservoir system that to feed the mills of Minneapolis...Read more.

Historic photo of the Minneapolis Milling District

In the 1880s, flour milling comprised two-thirds of the Minneapolis' manufacturing output.

HIstoric Photo of the Minneapolis Millers Baseball team

Flour milling was celebrated in Minneapolis as the city named its first professional baseball team the "Minneapolis Millers."

William de la Barre, chief engineer of the Washburn A Mill, was involved in corporate espionage when he worked at a competing mill in Budapest...Read more.
Washburn A Mill Explosion

The Washburn A Mill suffered great loss in its history – it exploded once and burned twice.

Man working on the belts at MCM

The population of Minneapolis increased by 1,300 percent between 1870 and 1890 as immigrants moved to the city to work in the mills and supporting industries.

Washburn A Mill as a historic landmark

In 1971, the Washburn A Mill was added to the National Register of Historic Places, and in 1983 it was designated a National Historic Landmark.


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