Mill City Museum

704 South 2nd St.
Mpls, MN 55401


Tues-Sat, 10 am-5 pm
Sunday, Noon-5 pm
Also open Mondays in July and August


  • $12 adults
  • $10 seniors (65+) and college students w/ID
  • $6 children ages 5-17
  • Free for children age 4
  • Free for MNHS members
  • 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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2017 Apr 26



Gold Medal Walking Tours

    Learn the stories of our city’s past on a walking tour with the
    Minneapolis history experts from Mill City Museum.
    All tours depart from the Mill City Museum lobby unless otherwise 
    Tickets on sale online or at 612-341-7555.  
-Some historic locations on this tour offer limited accessibility.
-This 90-minute tour includes 1.5 miles of moderately-paced walking on uneven terrain. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility.
-Rain or shine. Please dress appropriately.
-In the event of severe weather, patrons will be informed of tour cancellation​ in advance of tour start time.​
-Museum admission sold separately, unless otherwise noted.


Washburn A Mill Tour

   April 30 (Tickets $12-$16)
   May 6, 20, 28, June 3, 24
   July 22, September 3, 2017
   1:00-2:30 pm, approx. 1 mile
   $18, $14 MNHS members (pricing for tours after April 30th).
   Includes museum admission.  
   Tickets on sale online or at 612-341-7555
Explore the nooks and crannies of the Washburn A Mill, led by a Mill City Museum guide. The tour highlights the lives of men and women who worked there, how the building functioned during its peak flour milling years, how it changed over time, and how the mill ruin was converted to a museum and office building.

Pillsbury A Mill Tour

   May 7, 1:00 pm, June 10, 10:30 am, July 8 10:30 am,, 
   July 23, 1:00 pm, August 26, 10:30 am,
   September 9, 10:30 am, September 30, 10:30 am 
   approx.  1 mile 
   $18, $14 MNHS members (pricing effective for tours after April 30th).
   Museum admission sold separately.  Tickets online or at 612-341-7555
Discover the story of the National Historic Landmark Pillsbury A Mill, the largest flour mill in the world for many years, which recently reopened as the A-Mill Artist Lofts. See how the building functioned during the flour milling era and view the best-preserved waterpower system in Minneapolis with views straight down a 50-foot dropshaft.  

Hennepin Island Hydropower Tour

   June 1, 15, 29, July 13, 27
   August 10, 24, 2017   
   10:30-12:00 pm, approx. 1.5 miles
   $18, $14 MNHS members 
   Children age 10-17 must be accompanied by an adult.
   Museum admission sold separately  
   Tickets on sale online or at 612-341-7555
Explore the history of waterpower at St. Anthony Falls, including rare access to peak inside Xcel Energy's Hennepin Island Hydroelectric 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. The Hennepin Island Hydropower Tour is presented in partnership with Xcel Energy. 
All participants must print and sign a waiver of liability and release.
Note: Please meet at 125 Main Street SE (at the green awning between Pracna on Main and the Aster Café).

Railroad History Tour

   June 4, July 2, 30
   August 20, September 10, 2017 
   1:00-3:00 pm, approx.  1.5 miles 
   $14, $11 MNHS members
   Museum admission sold separately
   Tickets on sale online or at 612-341-7555
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.

Engineering the Falls: History Player William de la Barre Tour

   June 11, 1:00-2:30 pm, July 9, 1:00-2:30 pm
   August 12, 10:30-12:00 pm, September 16, 10:30-12:00 pm
   approx. 1 mile 
   $14 $11 MNHS members 
   Museum admission sold separately
   Tickets on sale online or at 612-341-7555
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. 

Riverfront Quest Family Tour

   June 17, July 15, August 19, 10:30-12:00 pm   
   (Bookmaking 10:30-11:00, tour 11:00-12:00)
   approx. 1 mile
   $10 Children Ages 6-17
   $11 Adults, $9 Seniors & College Students
   $7 MNHS members ages 6-17, Adult/Senior MNHS Members Free
   Includes museum admission.  Tickets on sale online or at 612-341-7555
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. 

Minneapolis Riverfront Tour

   June 18, 1:00-2:30 pm, July 1st 10:30-12:00 pm 
   August 6, 1:00-2:30 pm, September 17, 1:00-2:30 pm  
   approx. 1 mile 
   $14, $11 MNHS members
   Museum admission sold separately
   Tickets on sale online or at 612-341-7555
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.

Disasters of the Riverfront Tour

   June 25, July 16
   August 27, September 24, 2017 
   1:00-2:30 pm, approx. 1.5 miles 
   $14, $11 MNHS members, 
   Museum admission sold separately
   Tickets on sale online or at 612-341-7555
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. 

Cedar Riverside Walking Tour

   June 27, 6:30-8:30 pm, July 29, 10:30 am -12:30 pm
   August 13, 3:00-5:00 pm, 2017 
   approx. 1.5 miles
   $18, $14 MNHS members,
   Museum admission sold separately
   Tickets on sale online or at 612-341-7555
Take a guided walking tour of one of the most vibrant and diverse neighborhoods in Minneapolis, hearing firsthand stories from insiders along the way. For more than 150 years the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood has welcomed immigrants from all over the world. On this tour, hear about the area's music and theater history, including the 1960s folk and blues scene and how in the 1960s and 1970s college students, hippies, artists and others residents came together to successfully resist urban renewal plan. Then learn about the neighborhood's thriving art scene today and about new immigrant groups, specifically Somali, who are building businesses, places of worship and social service agencies.

Women's Work: History Player Eva Valesh Walking Tour

   August 5, September 2, 2017  
   10:30-12:00 pm
   approx. 1.5 miles
   $14, $11 MNHS members,
   Museum admission sold separately
   Tickets on sale online or at 612-341-7555
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.