Tours

Walk in the footsteps of the past as you hear the stories and experience the sights and sounds of the oldest and most scenic parts of the city.

A Mill City Museum guide leads each tour. All tours depart from the Mill City Museum lobby unless otherwise noted.

Spring Tours

Strike! The Workers' Rights Tour.

Strike! The Workers' Rights Tour

May 5, 2019

Take a guided tour of the historic Washburn A Mill to discover the dramatic story of work and labor in Minneapolis from the 19th-century to today. Hear how activists improved the lives of workers in the mills and related industries and how management responded by creating anti-union policies and groups like Citizens' Alliance.

Outdoor Summer Tours

Riverfront Stories Family Walking Tour

June 22, July 20, Aug. 1, 2019

Explore the Washburn A Mill and the Minneapolis riverfront while completing a treasure hunt on this family-friendly walking tour. First, make a mini-journal and then discover treasure boxes and the stories of Minneapolis’s history along the tour route. Ticket price also includes admission to explore Mill City Museum after the tour.

Disasters of the Riverfront Walking Tour. Select a date.

Disasters of the Riverfront Walking Tour

June 23, July 21, Aug. 11, Sept. 22, 2019

Embark on this tour of the St. Anthony Falls milling district and learn about some of the most tragic disasters in Minnesota history. Hear the stories of fires, floods, explosions, collapses, and other natural and human-created calamities on the riverfront. Gain an understanding of the impact they had on the people involved, and what these tales reveal about Minneapolis history.

Minneapolis Riverfront Walking Tour. Select a date.

Minneapolis Riverfront Walking Tour

June 15, July 13, Aug. 10, Sept. 14, Sept. 28, 2019

Explore the Minneapolis riverfront and learn about its dramatic past and bright future. You’ll be guided through the historic district at St. Anthony Falls and will stop along the Stone Arch Bridge for spectacular views of the falls. See why this historic district is now a growing cultural, recreational, and residential neighborhood.

Railroad History Walking Tour. Select a date.

Railroad History Walking Tour

June 16, July 7, Aug. 4, Sept. 8 & 29, 2019

With the arrival of Minnesota's first rail line in 1862, Minneapolis boomed in population and flour milling, lumber production, and warehousing. Take a guided tour of railroad landmarks, including the Stone Arch Bridge, Milwaukee Road Depot, and the Minneapolis Eastern Railway engine house and trestle. Along the way, find clues to the vanishing railroad landscape and learn about the future of Twin Cities rail.

Historic Minneapolis Riverfront Neighborhood Bike Tour. Select a date.

Historic Minneapolis Riverfront Neighborhood Bike Tour

July 25, Aug. 15, 2019

Go on a guided bicycle tour of the historic Minneapolis riverfront. Learn about St. Anthony Falls, the only waterfall on the Mississippi, and its surroundings, known as Owamni Yomni in Dakota; explore the historic St. Anthony district; see beautiful residential architecture on Nicollet Island; uncover the history of the sawmilling industry at Boom Island Park; and pedal through the Warehouse District.

Women’s Work Tour. Select a date.

Women’s Work Tour

July 6, Aug. 3, Sept. 7, 2019

A costumed actor portraying labor writer Eva Valesh (1866–1956) leads a walking tour. Learn about the factories whose working conditions Valesh exposed in a series of newspaper articles, as well as some of the key events in women’s labor history in Minneapolis.

Year Round Tours

Washburn A Mill Tour. Select a date.

Washburn A Mill Tour

Explore the nooks and crannies of the Washburn A Mill, the National Historic Landmark that is the home of Mill City Museum. The tour highlights the lives of men and women who worked there, how the building functioned during its peak flour milling years, how it changed over time, and how the mill ruin was converted to a museum and office building.

Pillsbury A Mill Tour. Select a date.

Pillsbury A Mill Tour

Discover the story of the National Historic Landmark Pillsbury A Mill, the largest flour mill in the world for many years, which recently reopened as the A-Mill Artist Lofts. See how the building functioned during the flour milling era and view the best-preserved waterpower system in Minneapolis with views straight down a 50-foot drop shaft.

Note: Tours begin at the gray door on 3rd Avenue SE at Main Street (around the corner from the main entrance at 315 Main Street SE).