Minneapolis Tours

Discover the history that makes the Twin Cities unique with a walking tour from MNHS.

Minneapolis Tours

All tours are rain or shine.

Washburn A Mill Tour

Departs Mill City Museum, Minneapolis
Fall 2019
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$18/MNHS members save 20%, includes museum admission

Take an in-depth look at the historic Washburn A Mill complex and the award-winning Mill City Museum. A guide will take visitors into the building's many nooks and crannies, highlighting the lives of the men and women who worked there, how the building functioned during its peak flour milling years, and the many changes to the building over time.

This is the only opportunity for a guided tour through the entire museum building and the only chance to see some of its nonpublic spaces.

The tour includes no more than 1 mile of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility.

Pillsbury A Mill Tour

Departs A-Mill Artist Lofts*, Minneapolis
Fall 2019
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$18/MNHS members save 20%

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. A Mill City Museum guide will lead a tour of the former milling complex, including the rooftop deck and the basement waterpower facilities.

Visitors will explore parts of the largest and best-preserved waterpower system in Minneapolis (with views straight down a 50-foot drop shaft), discover how the building functioned during the flour milling era, and learn about the new hydroelectric plant that helps to power the complex.

The tour includes about 1.5 miles of moderately-paced walking indoors and outdoors with some uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility.

* Meet at the gray door on Third Avenue SE at Main Street (around the corner from the A-Mill Artist Loft main entrance at 315 Main Street SE).