Mill City Museum Oktoberfest, Tours and a New Exhibit this September

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Release dated: 
August 14, 2013
Media contacts: 

Megan Lawson • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3141 •

Jessica Kohen • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3148 •

Laura Salveson • Mill City Museum • 612-341-7499 •

Quick facts: 

Place: Mill City Museum
Address: 704 South Second Street, Minneapolis MN 55401
Phone: 612-341-7555

Mill City Museum Oktoberfest, Tours and a New Exhibit this September

Historical tours help visitors discover the Mill City Museum and the surrounding communities, a new exhibit explores the long past of the Washburn A Mill Complex and investigates the little known period between the closing of the mill in 1965 and the opening of the Mill City Museum in 2003 and Oktoberfest brings German tastes and sounds to the museum and adjacent Mill City Farmer's Market.

OktoberfestMill City Oktoberfest
Saturday, Sept. 28
8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Celebrate Minnesota brewing past and present as Mill City Museum and the Mill City Farmers Market team up for their seventh annual Mill City Oktoberfest. Enjoy the tastes, smells, sights and sounds of Germany with activities inside the museum, outside in the Ruin Courtyard and in the Farmers Market area in the Train Shed and Chicago Mall next to the Guthrie Theater. Activities include cooking and baking demonstrations, music, dancing, beer samples, food and beverage sales and brewing history.

Walking TourWalking Tours
1 p.m.
$14 adults, $12 seniors and college students, $10 children ages 6-17 and MHS members
(All tours include museum admission)

  • Washburn A Mill Tour, Sunday, Sept. 1, 1 p.m.
  • Engineering the Falls: History Player William de la Barre Tour, Saturday, Sept. 7 and Sunday, Sept. 29, 1 p.m.
  • Minneapolis Riverfront Tour, Sunday, Sept. 8 and Sunday, Sept. 22, 1 p.m.
  • Railroad History Tour, Sunday, Sept. 15, 1 p.m.
  • Historic Main Street Tour, Saturday, Sept. 21, 1 p.m. (This tour begins and ends at Pracna Restaurant, 117 Main Street S.E.)

Exhibit: From Mill To Museum: The Hidden History of the Washburn Complex
Opening Friday, Sept. 13 through Tuesday, Dec. 31

"From Mill To Museum" is an exhibit of dramatic images and words about the Washburn A Mill from the years it sat abandoned between 1965 and 2000. After General Mills shut down the Mill in July 1965, this National Historic Landmark sat unused except for a few tenants, curiosity seekers and homeless people. The exhibit will uncover this little-known period in the history of the building that is home to the Mill City Museum. It will feature photos from the final years of flour milling, redevelopment plans by preservation pioneer Peter Nelson Hall, depictions of the abandoned mill by local artist JobyLynn Sassily-James who took shelter in the building during a period of homelessness in the 1990s and studies by Tom Meyer, the architect of the Mill City Museum.

About Mill City Museum

Built within the ruins of the Washburn A Mill, a National Historic Landmark, the award-winning Mill City Museum chronicles the flour milling industry that fueled the growth of Minneapolis. The story comes to life through the eight-story Flour Tower, Water Lab, Baking Lab and other hands-on exhibits.

The museum is located at 704 S. Second St. in Minneapolis. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. The site is also open Mondays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in July and August. For more information, call 612-341-7555 or visit

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