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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2018 Mar 17


School Group Guided Lessons

School Group field trips include one guided lesson per group.  Choose one option from a variety of themes (History Players, Baking Lab, Water Lab, Mills & Machines).  
  • Choose one lesson total, not one lesson per theme.
  • Some lessons have limited availability.  If you are bringing a large group of students and multiple classrooms, all students may not be able to do the same lesson.
Lessons by theme:

History Players

Students interact with History Players, costumed characters who bring Minnesota's rich history to life.
Berry Wheat Bop, K - 3rd grade
Through music, movement and interactive play students follow Berry Wheat on a journey from the fields of a Bonanza farm to the mills of Minneapolis. Students learn the many steps needed to bring bread to their families.

Baking Lab

High quality flour produced by the Washburn Crosby Mills influenced how the world ate.  As students bake, they explore different aspects of flour.
Note:  Flour lessons have limited availability and tend to fill up quickly - schedule as early as possible to ensure best availability.
Field to Table, K-3rd grade
Students experience the journey of wheat from field to table, learning what's involved with producing bread.  Students bake biscuits from scratch and examine artifacts.
A Taste of Immigration, 4th-7th grade
Through geography, history and food, students explore five nationalities that have made Minnesota their home.  Students can then taste an ethnic treat they make themselves.  Development of this program made  possible by The Morrison Family Fund for Mill City Museum.
Kitchen Tested!, 6th - 12th grade
Beginning in the 1900's, test kitchens were an important part of the development and marketing of food products. Participants in this lesson bake chocolate chip cookies with varying ingredients, then use their creativity to promote and "sell" their cookie to the rest of the class. Only the best and most trusted recipes wear the proud label "Kitchen Tested!"

Water Lab

Feel the power of St. Anthony Falls.  These waters made products used around the world.  In a Water Lab lesson, students use hands-on water tables to discover how people changed the river to control and enhance its power.
The River that Powered Minneapolis, K-3rd grade
Students discover the power that ran early industries in Minneapolis.  Hands-on water activities show students how the Mississippi River and St. Anthony Falls influenced life in this newly developing city.
The Waterfall that Built a City, 4th-6th grade
Students become boosters for the blossoming city of Minneapolis in 1880. To do so, they must learn as much as they can about St. Anthony Falls, how the Mississippi provided resources for Minneapolis and how the river was changed to create power.

Mills & Machines

The Washburn A Mill was the largest flour mill in the world when it opened and the center of a vast industrial milling complex.  Students learn about the workers and machines that transformed Minneapolis into a milling powerhouse.
Minneapolis Power! 2nd-5th grade
St. Anthony Falls provided much of the power for early Minneapolis - first through mechanical power that drove the mills, then via hydroelectricity that powered businesses, streetcars and homes.  In this classroom lesson, students work with models to explore how each type of energy is made and how the power of the falls led to the growth of the city.  Development of this program made possible by Xcel Energy. 
Engineer It! Working With Simple Machines, 4th-6th grade
History and engineering combine to teach students how simple machines helped the Washburn A Mill operate.  Students design and build a solution to a mill problem using K'nex™.  Development of this program made possible by The Morrison Family Fund for Mill City Museum.
'Round The Mills, 4th - 12th grade
On this guided tour of the Washburn A Mill, students bring the flour mill back to life, by exploring the jobs and experiences of the mill workers.