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
Holiday Hours:
Thursday, November 24th (Thanksgiving) - CLOSED
Friday, November 25th - (Day after Thanksgiving)- OPEN 10am-5pm
Saturday, December 24th (Christmas Eve) - CLOSED
Sunday, December 25th (Christmas Day) - CLOSED
Saturday, December 31st (New Year's Eve) - OPEN 10am-5pm
Sunday, January 1st (New Year's Day) - CLOSED


  • $12 adults
  • $10 seniors (65+) and college students w/ID
  • $6 children ages 5-17
  • Free for children age 4 and under and 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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2016 Oct 19


Flour Milling History

Beginning in 1880 and for 50 years thereafter, Minneapolis was known as the “Flour Milling Capital of the World” and more informally, as the “Mill City.”

The city grew up around the mills. In 1870, the city’s population was 13,000. Twenty years later, it had grown to nearly 165,000.

Grain came in via rail lines that stretched across the Northern Plains grain belt into the Dakotas and Canada. Trains also carried the milled flour to Duluth and to eastern U.S. destinations both for export and domestic distribution.

After World War I, the milling industry in Minneapolis began to decline. As the industry moved out of Minneapolis, the old mills fell into disuse. The Washburn A Mill closed in 1965 and was nearly destroyed by fire in 1991. Its ruins were incorporated into the Mill City Museum.

Historic photos of Minneapolis mills.