Discover the lively Mississippi riverfront—the very birthplace of Minneapolis—and experience the fiery past and dynamic present of this National Historic Landmark. Built within the ruins of what was once the world’s largest flour mill, Mill City Museum is packed with fun for all ages!
Soon after Minneapolis was born on the Mississippi's west bank, the city's flour milling industry skyrocketed. Powered by the mighty river and fed by boxcars of grain rolling in from the plains, the industry gave Minneapolis bragging rights as the “Flour Milling Capital of the World."
Mill City Museum, built within the ruins of the Washburn A Mill, a National Historic Landmark, chronicles the flour milling industry that fueled the growth of Minneapolis. The museum features an 8-story Flour Tower ride, hands-on exhibits, and breathtaking views of the Minneapolis riverfront.
Check out the video below for a peek inside and outside this informative and enjoyable museum!
The Mill City Museum has more than a baker's dozen ways to engage visitors in discovering the history of flour milling in Minneapolis. In addition to the Flour Tower, which takes riders on a journey through flour milling history, there are interactive labs, youth programs, a farmer's market, and so much more! The labs are hands-on experiences in all things flour. The baking lab lets you see, smell, touch ,and taste the history of baking with flours of different kinds. The water lab gives you an up-close look at how water was used to power the early flour mills.
The youth programs are an exciting mix of information, innovation, and exploration. Children can participate in day camps and field trips to feed their minds and bodies. The Mill City Farmer's Market is Minneapolis’s trusted source for healthy, local, and organic groceries, bringing a wide assortment of fresh food, cooking education, and live entertainment to one beautiful place. Shop from more than 60 local farmers, food makers, and artists for healthy, sustainably grown produce and artisan wares, rain or shine!
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