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Mill City Museum

704 South 2nd St.
Mpls, MN 55401
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Hours

Tues-Sat, 10 am-5 pm
Sunday, Noon-5 pm
 
Also open Mondays in July and August
 
HOLIDAY HOURS:
OPEN 4th of July, 10am-5pm.
 
 

Admission

  • $11 adults
  • $9 seniors and college students w/ID
  • $6 children ages 6-17
  • Free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members.
     

Contact

612-341-7582

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2015 Aug 4

 

Tours

Gold Medal Walking Tours

    
    Where Minneapolis took great strides, you can take a hike!
 
    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 
    noted.
 
    Tickets on sale online or at 612-341-7555.  
    
 
-If someone in your party uses a cane, wheelchair, walker, or has otherwise limited mobility, please call at least two weeks in advance of your tour so we can do our best to accommodate their needs.
-Tours are held rain or shine. Please dress accordingly.
-The tours include moderately-paced walking on uneven surfaces (see specific tour for distances).
 

UPCOMING TOURS

Washburn A Mill Tour

   August 9th, September 6th,
   October 10th & 24th, November 7th & 21st, 2015
   1:00-2:30 pm, approx. 1 mile
 
   $14 adults, $12 senior citizens & college students,
   $10 children ages 6-17 and MHS members.
   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.
 
 

Railroad History Tour

   August 16th, September 13th, 2015 
   1:00-2:45 pm, approx.  1.5 miles 
 
   $14 adults, $12 senior citizens & college students,
   $10 children ages 6-17 and MHS members.
   Includes museum admission.   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 and learn about the new era of light rail and commuter rail.
 
 

Engineering the Falls: History Player William de la Barre Tour

   August 8th & 30th, September 19th, 2015 
   1:00-2:30 pm, approx. 1 mile 
 
   $14 adults, $12 senior citizens & college students, 
   $10 children ages 6-17 and MHS members.
   Includes museum admission.   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. 
 
 

Hennepin Island Hydropower Tour

   August 13th & 27th, 2015   
   1:00-2:30 pm, approx. 1.5 miles
 
   $14 adults, $12 senior citizens & college students, 
   $10 MHS members. Ages 18 and up only.
   Includes a voucher for museum admission.  
   Tickets on sale online or at 612-341-7555
 
Mill City Museum and Xcel Energy will partner on a series of weekday walking tours highlighting the story of waterpower at St. Anthony Falls, including rare access to an operating power plant.
During the early 20th century over two dozen mills and hydroelectric plants used the water power from St. Anthony Falls. Today there is just one left: Xcel Energy’s Hennepin Island Hydroelectric Plant. On this tour of Hennepin Island and Father Hennepin Bluffs Park led by a Mill City Museum guide, participants will get special access to this power 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. 
All tour participants must 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).
 
Hennepin Island Hydropower Tours are a renewable energy partnership sponsored by Xcel Energy.
 
 

Minneapolis Riverfront Tour

   August 29th, 
   September 20th, 2015  
   1:00-2:30 pm, approx. 1 mile 
 
   $14 adults, $12 senior citizens & college students,
   $10 children ages 6-17 and MHS members.
   Includes museum admission.   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.
 
 

Historic Main Street Tour

   August 22nd, September 12th, 2015 
   1:00-2:30 pm, approx. 1 mile 
 
   $14 adults, $12 senior citizens & college students,
   $10 children ages 6-17 and MHS members.
   Includes museum admission.   Tickets on sale online or at 612-341-7555
 
 
Stroll through Minneapolis’ oldest neighborhood with a Mill City Museum guide, who will highlight the past and future of historic Main Street. See landmarks like the 1855 Upton Block, the 1858 Martin & Morrison Building, Our Lady of Lourdes Church, the Pillsbury A Mill and the Falls of St. Anthony.
Note: Tour begins and ends at 125 Main Street S.E. (at green awning between Pracna on Main and Aster Cafe).
 
 

Riverfront Quest Family Tour

   August 15th, 2015   
   1:00 pm (Bookmaking 1:00-1:30, tour 1:30-2:30), approx. 1 mile
 
   Children (age 6-17): $10, MHS members are $7
   Adults: $11, free for MHS members
   Seniors & College Students: $9, free for MHS members
   
   Adults and seniors must be accompanying a child.
   Recommended for ages 6-11.  
   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. A Quest is a community treasure hunt that guides people through, and teaches them to see, a unique part of their community.
 
 

Disasters of the Riverfront Tour

   August 23rd, 2015 
   1:00-2:30 pm, approx. 1.5 miles 
 
   $14 adults, $12 senior citizens & college students, 
   $10 children ages 6-17 and MHS members.
   Includes museum admission.   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. 
 
 

Women's Work: History Player Eva Valesh Walking Tour

   September 5th, 2015  
   1:00-2:30 pm, approx. 1.5 miles
 
   $14 adults, $12 senior citizens & college students,
   $10 children ages 6-17 and MHS members.
   Includes museum admission.   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..
 
 

Tales of the Falls: A Storytelling Tour

   October 11th, November 15th, December 13th, 2015
   1:00pm
 
   $14 adults, $12 senior citizens & college students,
   $10 children ages 6-17 and MHS members.
   Includes museum admission.   Tickets on sale online or at 612-341-7555
 
   The story of the Minneapolis Riverfront will come alive in this unique program led by master storyteller Richard Rousseau. Mr. Rousseau will spin three tales that weave the history of Saint Anthony Falls with the expectations of the present—in three different historic spaces within Mill City Museum. Between stories participants will walk to the next location while learning about the Washburn A Mill that is the home of Mill City Museum. This tour is well suited for those who enjoy the art of storytelling and those for whom a traditional walking tour involves too much time on one’s feet.