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Mill City Museum, Minneapolis

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Inside the ruins of what was once the largest flour mill in the world, Mill City Museum showcases the flour industry and features interactive exhibits and tours. You'll explore milling machinery and baking labs and sample freshly made bread. A freight elevator takes you to eight different floors of the mill where you can observe working mill areas via an audio tour. You'll also get a chance to see a 4.5 m (15 ft) tall Bisquick box and contrast its 1931 packaging on one side to the1981 look on the other side. Don't miss the ninth floor observation deck that offers views of the Mississippi River. Arrange your visit to Mill City Museum and discover more family-friendly attractions in Minneapolis using our Minneapolis trip website.
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  • Wasn't expecting a whole lot from a museum about mills and I was very pleasantly surprised. The presentations were entertaining and I learned a lot about the milling industry and Minneapolis. The... 
    Wasn't expecting a whole lot from a museum about mills and I was very pleasantly surprised. The presentations were entertaining and I learned a lot about the milling industry and Minneapolis. The...  more »
  • Unique location for a wedding's meet and greet. It was closed to the public due to the party, and was able see some of the artwork and history while there. 
    Unique location for a wedding's meet and greet. It was closed to the public due to the party, and was able see some of the artwork and history while there.  more »
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  • This was a great experience to learn more about the history of Minneapolis. The admission includes multiple rooms with historical information about milling as well as a room where you can sample some baked goods. You can also take something called the Floor Tower which provides an elevator based tour of rooms representing different rooms in the mill. This is followed by walking out on the 9th floor which provides excellent views of the dam and other parts of the city. One other part of the experience provides a general video about Minneapolis' history and founding. This is a worthwhile experience if you are curious about the history of the mill or would like a good 1 to 2 hour activity.
  • You will get a bang (literally) out of the demonstration of what causes a flour mill explosion. The elevator ride gives an excellent I sight into mill life and working there. Come away knowing what exactly is a kernel of wheat, how it is made into flour and the economics behind it. Hands on exhibits where you get to play with different configurations and see how it affects the energy distribution. Products produced there go all over the world and you can see how they are used. Lots to see and do and it keeps the adults and kids entertained and learning. And don't forget to stop by the baking lab and if you're lucky get a sample.

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