Mill City Museum Welcomes Back Visitors with New Programs

For immediate release

Release dated: 
June 18, 2021
Media contacts: 

Jessica Kohen, Strategic Communications, 651-259-3148,
David Stevens, Mill City Museum, 612-341-7524,

Mill City Museum Welcomes Back Visitors with New Programs

Programs offered outdoors and in Mill Commons as museum gallery remains temporarily closed.

“What Makes Minneapolis, Minneapolis?” is a series of programs designed to engage visitors in the historical and contemporary identity of the city. The programs will be offered during the summer and fall of 2021 while the museum gallery remains temporarily closed.

Held in outdoor spaces including the Ruin Courtyard and indoors in the Mill Commons lobby, the programs include a participatory exhibit, performances, walking tours, drop-in family programs and more:

  • Open Courtyard Family Days, June 19-20, July 10-11, Aug. 14-15 and Sept. 11-12
    A drop-in family program with hands-on activities, take home craft projects, a participatory exhibit, puppet show and more. Free.
  • “Minneapolis is…” Participatory Exhibit, July through September
    Share what Minneapolis means to you and be inspired by others with this participatory exhibit offered during the Open Courtyard Family Days and other select events. Free. 
  • The Theater of Public Policy Performances, July 30 and Aug. 28
    Two performances, each with a different theme and featuring an expert who will share a Minneapolis history topic followed by improvisational comedy. $15.
  • Guided Tours, weekends, July through September
    Each weekend a different tour (walking and bicycle) will be offered: Minneapolis Riverfront, Historic Main Street, Worker History, and Codswallop: Fact vs. Fiction. $14-20.
  • Soul of the Cities Performance, Aug. 12
    The Avant Garde presents a concert featuring premiere talent from the Twin Cities rhythm and blues, and soul scenes. $15.

Tickets for events with a fee will be available beginning July 1. Visit for more information and to purchase tickets.

In addition, Mill City Museum will play host for local theater companies in June, July and August including Collide Theatrical Dance Company, Rough Magic Performance Company and Off-Leash Area this summer. Visit their websites for show information and ticketing. 

The Mill City Museum gallery remains temporarily closed while MNHS works on reopening plans. 

About the Minnesota Historical Society
The Minnesota Historical Society is a nonprofit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. MNHS collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, MNHS preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history. Visit us at