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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 Memorial Day, Monday, May 25th 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 May 25

 

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

   May 23rd, June 6th & 27th
   July 12th, 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.
 
 

Bohemian Flats Walking Tour

   June 4th & 25th, 2015 
   6:30-8:00 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
 
 
Enjoy a special evening walking tour of the historic Bohemian Flats, led by the Rachel Hines and Stefanie Kowalczyk, the University of Minnesota students who developed the exhibit “Remembering the Bohemian Flats: One Place, Many Voices.”  Hear how immigrants built a community in this flood-prone area, the diverse perspectives of the many people who lived there, and how the flats have changed over time.   The tour group will meet at the parking pay box next to parking lot of Bohemian Flats Park, 2200 West River Parkway, Minneapolis MN 55415.
The tour includes about 1.5 miles of moderately-paced walking on uneven surfaces.  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.
 
 

Railroad History Tour

   June 7th, July 5th & 26th, 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

   June 13th, July 11th, 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

   June 18th, July 2nd & 30th, August 13th & 27th, 2015   
   1:00-2:30 pm, approx. 1.5 miles
 
   $14 adults, $12 senior citizens & college students, 
   and 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. 
 
Note: Please meet at 125 Main Street SE (at the green awning between Pracna on Main and the Aster CafĂ©). 
 
Hennepin Island Hydropower Tours are a renewable energy partnership sponsored by Xcel Energy.
 
 

Minneapolis Riverfront Tour

   June 21st, July 4th, August 2nd & 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

   June 14th, July 18th, 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

   June 20th, July 25th, 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

   June 28th, July 19th, 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

   August 1st, 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..
 
 

MINNEAPOLIS HISTORY PUB CRAWLS

Minneapolis History Pub Crawl: Washington Avenue

   June 2nd, 16th & 30th, July 14th, 2015 
   6:30-9:00 p.m
 
   $25 ($20 MHS members); reservations required.
   Tickets on sale online or at 612-341-7555.
   Begins and ends at Mill City Museum, 704 South Second Street,
   Minneapolis  MN 55401
 
Discover the richness of Minneapolis history, and slake your thirst with some fine beverages along a single road: Washington Avenue. Travel down this busy but underappreciated street to see the importance of railroads, warehousing, flour milling, immigration, entertainment, and vice to the story of the Mill City.  A bus will take participants through the neighborhoods along Washington from 35W to Plymouth, with stops at significant historic places and two watering holes in historic buildings. Ages 21 and up only. Drink purchases are not included in the tour price. Drink specials will be made available at participating locations.
The tour includes three blocks of moderately-pace walking on uneven surfaces.   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.
 
 

Minneapolis History Pub Crawl: Old St. Anthony

   June 9th & 23rd, July 7th & 23rd, 2015
   6:30-9:00 p.m
 
   $25 ($20 MHS members); reservations required.
   Tickets on sale online or at 612-341-7555.
   Begins and ends at Mill City Museum, 704 South Second Street,
   Minneapolis  MN 55401
 
Discover the city’s oldest neighborhoods in this narrated bus tour of the east bank of the Mississippi River.  The town of St. Anthony began on the east side of St. Anthony Falls in 1849, several years before its upstart neighbor Minneapolis across the river. A guide will tell the stories of the people who lived and worked on the east side while visiting the location of historic flour mills, churches, red light districts, Victorian residences, pubs, immigrant enclaves, commercial centers, breweries, and more. The tour includes stops at significant historic places and two watering holes in historic buildings. Ages 21 and up only. Drink purchases are not included in the tour price. Drink specials will be made available at participating locations.
The tour includes three blocks of moderately-paced walking on uneven surfaces.   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.