Mill City Museum to Welcome Back Visitors Nov. 4

For immediate release

Release dated: 
October 13, 2021
Media contacts: 

Suzanne Herrick, 612-247-3079, suzanne.herrick@mnhs.org or David Stevens, Mill City Museum, 612-341-7524, dave.stevens@mnhs.org

Mill City Museum to Welcome Back Visitors Nov. 4

Museum updates, signature experiences and programs await visitors this fall

The Minnesota Historical Society is pleased to announce the re-opening of Mill City Museum located at 704 South 2nd St. in Minneapolis on Nov. 4.

Visitors are invited to explore the exhibits and signature experiences such as Water Lab, Baking Lab, Observation Deck and Minneapolis in 19 Minutes, Flat! at their own pace, assisted by museum guides stationed throughout the museum. For a more comfortable experience and better social distancing, the Flour Tower will be operating with reduced capacity. Bushel & Peck is also re-opening with grab-and-go sandwiches, salads, snacks and beverages.

Museum Updates, “What Makes Minneapolis, Minneapolis?”
New panels addressing the lives of mill workers, labor history and the history of the unhoused in Minneapolis will be on exhibit. 

The gallery’s overview of Minneapolis history is being updated this fall and will be renamed “What Makes Minneapolis, Minneapolis?” Visitors will have an opportunity to share their thoughts about the city and watch four videos of community members answering questions about the city’s past, present and future. These community members include: Jewell Arcoren (Sisseton Wahpeton), executive director of Wicoie Nandagikendan; JoJo Bell of the African American Interpretive Center of Minnesota; Roxana Linares, executive director of Centro Tyrone Guzman; Neeraj Mehta, community organizer and director of learning at the McKnight Foundation; and, Stewart Van Cleve, author of Land of 10,000 Loves.

Free Exhibits in Mill Commons
“Our Past Guides Our Future: Minnesota Omega Men at 100,” a new exhibit created in a partnership between the Minnesota Historical Society and Epsilon Rho, will open on November 20. The exhibit marks the centennial of the founding of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity by showcasing the history and community impact of the Epsilon Rho Chapter in Minneapolis. The Epsilon Rho story presents an entry point to the rich history of Black Sororities and Fraternities (Divine Nine) both nationally and in Minnesota.

“Homeless in the Mill,” a small exhibit of photographs and words by JobyLynn Sassily-James, who took shelter in the abandoned Washburn A Mill Complex from 1994 to 1995, is free to the public during regular museum hours and located in Rail Corridor. “My Mighty Journey: A Waterfall’s Story” of prints by Gaylord Schanilec will continue through November 7 in the Mill Commons. 

Public Programs
Public programs will resume in December beginning with a book launch of Anton Treuer’s work, “The Cultural Toolbox: Traditional Ojibwe Living in the Modern World.” Winter Holiday Baking programs will also return along with “Strike! The Workers’ Rights Tour” on Jan. 30, Feb. 13 and Feb. 27. STEM Family Day returns on Feb. 19. Visitors are invited to visit www.mnhs.org/millcity for details.

Mill City Museum

  • Museum and Store Hours: Thursday-Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Museum admission: $8-12, members free
  • www.mnhs.org/millcity

Bushel & Peck café inside Mill City Museum

  • Thursday-Friday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Health and Safety
Protocols designed to minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19 can be viewed on the health and safety procedures page of each site’s website, which can be found on our visit page. MNHS requires a mask while indoors at all MNHS sites. For more information, visit our website at mnhs.org/covid-19.

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 mnhs.org.

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