Mill City Museum

704 South 2nd St.
Mpls, MN 55401
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Hours

Tues-Sat, 10 am -5 pm
Sunday, Noon -5 pm
Monday, Closed
 
 
 

Admission

  • $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.

 

Contact

612-341-7555

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2017 Nov 20

 

Past Tours

PAST WALKING TOURS:

 

The Minneapolis Horror:  Tales From The Night Shift

Visit the Washburn A Mill at night as costumed actors dramatize the dangers of working the night shift and the many horrific disasters that have befallen the mill over the years.  Hear accounts of the deadly 1878 mill explosion and the dangerous man-lift elevator, and take-in dramatic nighttime views of the Ruin Courtyard and the Minneapolis Riverfront from the ninth-floor Observation Deck.  The program takes its title from the headline of an 1878 American Miller magazine story that read, ”The Minneapolis Horror: Destruction, Devastation and Death.” The story described the disastrous flour dust explosion on the evening of May 2, 1878 that destroyed the Washburn A Mill and killed 18 workers. 
 
 

An "Eventually" Christmas: Holidays at the Mill

Ride Mill City Musueum’s Flour Tower elevator from floor to floor for each scene of this comic and heartwarming theatrical performance guided by the Ghost of Mill City Past. Based on true stories of the 1920 Washburn Crosby holiday party, it ranges from romance and danger to the origin of the company’s marketing slogan, “Eventually – Why Not Now?”  Written by Joseph Scrimshaw.
 
 

Tales of the Falls Storytelling Tour

The story of the Minneapolis Riverfront will come alive in this unique program led by master storyteller Richard Rousseau. Mr. Rousseau will spin three tales that weave the history of Saint Anthony Falls with the expectations of the present—in three different historic spaces within Mill City Museum. Between stories participants will walk to the next location while learning about the Washburn A Mill that is the home of Mill City Museum. This tour is well suited for those who enjoy the art of storytelling and those for whom a traditional walking tour involves too much time on one’s feet.
 

Minneapolis Riverfront Tour

Visit the historic district at St. Anthony Falls, once the flour milling center of the world and now a growing cultural, recreational and residential neighborhood. A guide from Mill City Museum will lead visitors onto the Stone Arch Bridge for a spectacular view of the falls, the historic buildings surrounding them and downtown Minneapolis.
 
 
 

Family Riverfront Quest Tour

This fun, family-friendly treasure hunt begins with a a short journal-making project followed by a ramble outside along the riverfront. Families solve rhyming riddles, find hidden boxes and discover the stories of Minneapolis’ history along the way. Ideal for ages 6-11 but everyone will enjoy! Price includes materials, museum admission, and tour cost. Adults and seniors must be accompanying a child. A Quest is a community treasure hunt that guides people through, and teaches them to see, a unique part of their community.
 
 

Disasters of the Riverfront Tour

Hear the stories of fires, floods, explosions, collapses, and other natural and human-created calamities on the riverfront, explore the consequences for the people involved, and highlight what these tales reveal about Minneapolis history. Among the stories highlighted will be the Eastman Tunnel Collapse (1869), the Great Conflagration of 1893, bridge collapses in 1859 and 2007, numerous fires, and massive landscape change. 
 
 

Engineering the Falls: History Player William de la Barre Tour

Take a walking tour of St. Anthony Falls, led by a costumed museum interpreter portraying William de la Barre, the Austrian engineer who spent half a century developing Minneapolis’ flour milling and waterpower. Visit the Minneapolis Riverfront, the west side milling district, and the Stone Arch Bridge, learning the many changes to the falls over time. 
 
 

Women's Work: History Player Eva Valesh Walking Tour

A costumed actor portraying labor writer Eva Valesh will lead a walking tour, highlighting the factories whose working conditions she exposed in a series of articles in 1888 and 1889. This tour also will examine the jobs available to women in the late 19th and early 20th century, and some key events in women’s labor history in Minneapolis.
 
 

Historic Main Street Tour

Stroll through Minneapolis’ oldest neighborhood with a Mill City Museum guide, who will highlight the past and future of historic Main Street. See landmarks like the 1855 Upton Block, the 1858 Martin & Morrison Building, Our Lady of Lourdes Church, the Pillsbury A Mill and the Falls of St. Anthony.
Note: Tour begins and ends at Pracna Restaurant, 117 Main Street S.E. . 
 
 

Railroad History Tour

Join a guide from Mill City Museum for a visit to railroad landmarks such as the Stone Arch Bridge, Milwaukee Road Depot and the Minneapolis Eastern Railway Engine House & Trestle. Discover the impact of railroads on Minneapolis, find clues to the vanishing railroad landscape and learn about the new era of light rail and commuter rail.
 
 

Minneapolis History Pub Crawl: Riverfront Red Light Districts

Discover the lost history of prostitution on the Minneapolis riverfront on this unique tour with historian Penny Petersen, author of Minneapolis Madams: The Lost History of Prostitution on the Riverfront. Participants will enjoy a trolley tour of the Minneapolis riverfront narrated by Ms. Petersen with stops at three former red-light districts that flourished in the late 19th and early 20th century. The tour will include a stop for beverages and appetizers at a pub near the former Main Street red light district, and will conclude for beverages and social time with the author at a pub near the former 11th Avenue district. 
 
 

Minneapolis History Pub Crawl: Washington Avenue

Discover the richness of Minneapolis history, and slake your thirst with some fine beverages along a single road: Washington Avenue. Travel down this busy but underappreciated street to see the importance of railroads, warehousing, flour milling,, immigration, entertainment, and vice to the story of the Mill City.  A trolley will take participants through the neighborhoods along Washington from 35W to Plymouth, with stops at significant historic places and two watering holes in historic buildings. Ages 21 and up only. Drink purchases are not included in the tour price. Drink specials will be made available at participating locations.
The tour includes three blocks of moderately-pace walking on uneven surfaces.   If someone in your party uses a cane, wheelchair, walker, or has otherwise limited mobility, please call at least two weeks in advance of your tour so we can do our best to accommodate their needs. Tours are held rain or shine. Please dress accordingly.
 
 
 

Minneapolis History Pub Crawl: Old St. Anthony

Discover the city’s oldest neighborhoods in this narrated bus tour of the east bank of the Mississippi River.  The town of St. Anthony began on the east side of St. Anthony Falls in 1849, several years before its upstart neighbor Minneapolis across the river. A guide will tell the stories of the people who lived and worked on the east side while visiting the location of historic flour mills, churches, red light districts, Victorian residences, pubs, immigrant enclaves, commercial centers, breweries, and more. The tour includes stops at significant historic places and two watering holes in historic buildings. Ages 21 and up only. Drink purchases are not included in the tour price. Drink specials will be made available at participating locations.
The tour includes three blocks of moderately-pace walking on uneven surfaces.   If someone in your party uses a cane, wheelchair, walker, or has otherwise limited mobility, please call at least two weeks in advance of your tour so we can do our best to accommodate their needs. Tours are held rain or shine. Please dress accordingly.
 
 

Bohemian Flats Walking Tour 

Enjoy a special evening walking tour of the historic Bohemian Flats, led by the Rachel Hines and Stefanie Kowalczyk, the University of Minnesota students who developed the exhibit “Remembering the Bohemian Flats: One Place, Many Voices.”  Hear how immigrants built a community in this flood-prone area, the diverse perspectives of the many people who lived there, and how the flats have changed over time.   The tour group will meet at the parking pay box next to parking lot of Bohemian Flats Park, 2200 West River Parkway, Minneapolis MN 55415.
The tour includes about 1.5 miles of moderately-paced walking on uneven surfaces.  If someone in your party uses a cane, wheelchair, walker, or has otherwise limited mobility, please call at least two weeks in advance of your tour so we can do our best to accommodate their needs. Tours are held rain or shine. Please dress accordingly.
 

Hennepin Island Hydropower Tour

 
Mill City Museum and Xcel Energy will partner on a series of weekday walking tours highlighting the story of waterpower at St. Anthony Falls, including rare access to an operating power plant.
During the early 20th century over two dozen mills and hydroelectric plants used the water power from St. Anthony Falls. Today there is just one left: Xcel Energy’s Hennepin Island Hydroelectric Plant. On this tour of Hennepin Island and Father Hennepin Bluffs Park led by a Mill City Museum guide, participants will get special access to this power plant. Along the way participants will learn about the historic uses of waterpower at the falls for flour milling, sawmilling, and hydroelectricity, the role of hydroelectricity in Xcel Energy’s green energy and energy efficiency initiatives, and the future of waterpower on the Minneapolis riverfront. 
All tour participants must sign a Waiver of Liability and Release.
Hennepin Island Hydropower Tours are a renewable energy partnership sponsored by Xcel Energy.