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.

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. Includes museum admission the day of your tour.

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).

Spring Tours

Vintage photo of the inside of a mill.

Danger & Disaster at the Mill Tour

Take a guided tour of the historic Washburn A Mill to discover the dangers of working in the flour milling industry. Workers were exposed to constantly moving machinery, high-powered water turbines, and tall grain elevators where one wrong move might have disastrous consequences.

Strike! The Workers' Rights Tour.

Strike! The Workers' Rights Tour

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

Disasters of the Riverfront Walking Tour. Select a date.

Disasters of the Riverfront Walking Tour

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

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.

Women’s Work Tour. Select a date.

Women’s Work Tour

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.

Historic Minneapolis Riverfront Neighborhood Bike Tour. Select a date.

Historic Minneapolis Riverfront Neighborhood Bike Tour

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.

Historic Main Street Walking Tour. Select a date.

Historic Main Street Walking Tour

Discover the stories of Minneapolis’s oldest neighborhood with a Mill City Museum guide, who will highlight the rich diversity of the 1850s town of St. Anthony, the immense changes along Main Street throughout the years, and such landmarks as the 1855 Upton Block, 1858 Martin & Morrison Building, Our Lady of Lourdes Church, the Pillsbury A Mill, and the Chalybeate Mineral Springs.

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).