Mill City Museum
Minnesota Historical Society
The Minneapolis milling industry began to decline in the 1920s although The Washburn A Mill continued production until 1965. The building was heavily damaged by fire in 1991. The city cleaned up the wreckage, preserved some of the orginal architecture, and built the Mill City Museum inside the ruins. This unique structure gives visitors a sense of history and progress.
The museum offers a variety of programs and exhibits that help visitors understand the history of the milling industry and the impact it had on the city of Minneapolis. The activites at the museum are meant to involve visitors of all ages. The building's design gives the visitors a bird's eye view of the the Mississippi River and St. Anthony Falls. These resources were sources of power that helped sustain the milling industry in Minneapolis during its heyday.
Activities: The many activities the museum has to offer range from walking tours to media shows like the Flour Tower to hands-on exhibits. Programs include the Baking Lab where visitors grind wheat, bake bread, perform experiments and pack up food.
Contact Information: Call the Mill City Museum office at (612) 341-7555 for current events and more information.
Did You Know?
Over 600 men worked around the clock using hand tools, horses and coal powered shovels to build the original Coon Rapids Dam in 1913. The dam was rebuilt between 1995 and 1997.