Special Exhibits

The former packing floor of the mill, now Mill Commons, now features the museum store, cafe, changing exhibits, and visitor information. The exhibits are free to the public during regular museum hours and change two to three times per year.

Current Exhibits

Thank You for Shopping book.

Thank You for Shopping: The Golden Age of Minnesota Department Stores

November 15, 2018–April 21, 2019

Stores like Dayton's, Powers, and Donaldson's once ruled the retail landscapes of downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul. Explore the golden age of Minnesota department stores in this photography exhibit, a companion to the new MNHS Press book by Kristal Leebrick.



Photo of the abandoned Washburn A Mill Complex.

Homeless in the Mill


The exhibit offers a very personal view of homelessness and a unique perspective on the lives of the individuals who took shelter in the mill before it became a museum in 2003.