About the Museum
Mill City Museum is a Minnesota Historical Society museum in Minneapolis that focuses on the founding and growth of Minneapolis. It opened in 2003 and was built in the ruins of the Washburn "A" Mill next to Mill Ruins Park on the banks of the Mississippi River. In particular, it focuses on flour milling and the other industries that used hydropower from Saint Anthony Falls.
The museum features exhibits about the history of Minneapolis, flour milling machinery, a water lab and a baking lab. The highlight is the Flour Tower, where visitors sit in the cab of a freight elevator and are taken to different floors of the building, each designed to look like a floor in a working flour mill. The exhibition is complemented by voiceovers of people who worked in the Washburn A Mill and an exhibition of antique equipment. The tour ends with a visit to the ninth-floor observation deck to view St. Anthony Falls. The mill itself is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was built in the 1870s.
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