Mill City Museum
Mill City Museum
Riverfront Districtview website
704 S 2nd St
Minneapolis, MN 55401+2163
Mill City Museum Description
If you're wondering if the history of flour milling could possibly be interesting -- especially to kids -- then you must not have visited the Mill City Museum, which tells the story of the industry that put Minneapolis on the map as the "Flour Milling Capital of the World." Kids will love the museum's Baking Lab and the Water Lab, where you can explore the forces of waterpower. The crowning point of a visit is the Flour Tower tour: As you ride up and down in a huge elevator, a multimedia presentation details the history of and life inside a working flour mill. The views of the Mississippi from the observation deck are pretty great, too.
Babies: Sign up for a tour. Flour Tower tours run on schedule, and you can't join the group after the doors have closed. Make sure you sign up for the tour at the front desk, and be on time for departure.
Toddlers & Pre-K: When watching the Flour Tower presentation, you'll be seated inside the elevator and sitting in the dark (some moms might take advantage of this opportunity to feed a small baby). Be aware, however, there is a loud sound and flash of "fire" on floor 2, near the end of the presentation, which might scare babies.
School-Age Kids: During the Flour Tower tour, when your elevator stops at the top, you'll exit the elevator and your guide will continue giving his presentation. If your little one starts getting impatient, you can slip away to the observation deck for some breathtaking views of the Mississippi River and riverfront district, and then make it back downstairs on your own using the regular elevator.
Pre-Teens & Teens: The Water Lab is easy to view from the main exhibit area, which means you can probably keep an eye on your child (who is sending water and "logs" down a mini version of the Mississippi River) while reading up on some history just outside the door.
- Sign up for a tour. Flour Tower tours run on schedule, and you canât join the group after the doors have closed. Make sure you sign up for the tour at the front desk, and be on time for departure.
Just the Facts
Hours: Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (open until 9 p.m. on Thursdays); Sun. 12 p.m.-5 p.m.; holiday hours may apply, call to confirm.
Fees: Under $10
Recommended Time: 1 to 2 hours