Mill City Museum Nominated for Best History Museum in the Nation

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Release dated: 
January 27, 2023
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Nick Jungheim, 651-259-3060,
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Mill City Museum Nominated for Best History Museum in the Nation

Supporters of Minnesota history can vote for the museum daily in online contest

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn (January 27, 2023) – Mill City Museum was recently named one of the nation’s best history museums, and the downtown Minneapolis site needs the public’s support to earn the top prize.

The museum is among 20 nominated for a USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award in the category of best history museum. Minnesotans can vote online once per day until the contest concludes on February 13.

“This nomination is an incredible honor,” said Mill City Museum Site Manager David Stevens. “Mill City Museum brings people together by showcasing the history of Minneapolis, and we are grateful for this opportunity that will allow more people around the country to learn about this gem.”

Visitors at the museum can learn about Minneapolis’ growth through interactive exhibits and hands-on activities which tell the intertwined histories of the flour industry, the Mississippi River, and the city of Minneapolis. Curious patrons of all ages enjoy informative multimedia shows and programs exploring the story of Minneapolis.

Guests can admire both stunning modern architecture and components of the original Washburn A Mill, which was once the world’s largest flour mill. For its incorporation of contemporary design within a history-rich setting, the museum has won several awards, including the American Institute of Architects Honor Award for Architecture and the AIA Minnesota Honor Award.

Paintings and sculptures from local artists are featured throughout the museum. Scenic views of St. Anthony Falls, Mill Ruins Park, and Stone Arch Bridge from atop the Koch Rooftop Observation Deck also provide unbeatable photo opportunities.

To vote for Mill City Museum as Best History Museum and learn more about USA TODAY’s 10Best Readers’ Choice travel awards, click here. Individuals are encouraged to vote daily through February 13.

For interview requests, please contact Nick Jungheim. Photographs and B-Roll video for Mill City Museum can be found at

About the Minnesota Historical Society
The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit 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 book publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, MNHS preserves our past, shares our state’s stories, and connects people with history.

About Mill City Museum
Mill City Museum opened in 2003 on the banks of the Mississippi River. It was built within the ruins of the Washburn A Mill. In 1983, the mill was named a National Historic Landmark. A fire engulfed the then-vacant building in 1991, leaving only the interior concrete and limestone walls. Shortly after, the Minnesota Historical Society announced plans to develop a museum within the remaining structure.