Mill City Museum

Mill City Museum

Raw power, dramatic views, hands-on fun.

Welcome to one of the coolest museums in the Twin Cities, the Mill City Museum.

This museum explores the intriguing and probably mostly unknown history of the flour industry, the museum actually housed within the ruins of what was once the biggest flour mill in the world! Hear stories of the flour industry and its impacts the city of Minneapolis as you explore old mill work areas and offices during your visit.

A little history lesson on the old Mill; The mill was built in 1874 and was then the largest flour mill in the world. More specifically, Washburn A was the largest mill. On May 2, 1878, a spark ignited airborne flour dust and the mill exploded, killing 18 workers and demolishing the mill instantly.

During a tour of Washburn A, you will learn all about this tragedy, as well as about the worldwide market influence of the mill during its peak production. You will be able to see an 8-story Flour Tower, participate in activities in the Water and Baking Labs, watch a film on the history of Minnesota, visit the rooftop observation deck, and Ruin Courtyard.

Eat at Bushel and Peck while here, then pick up cooking supplies, historic artifacts, and souvenirs from the onsite museum store. If you happen to be here on a Saturday be sure to visit the Mill City Farmers Market, with over 60 local vendors.