Mill City Museum Wins Fourth Place in Best History Museum Contest

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February 24, 2023
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Mill City Museum Wins Fourth Place in Best History Museum Contest

Minnesotans showed their support for the museum in an online contest

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (February 24, 2023) – Mill City Museum has won the honor of being named among the best history museums in the nation. Online voters chose the Minneapolis museum as the fourth place finisher.

The recent contest included 20 sites from around the country, which were nominated by an expert panel for USA TODAY’s 10Best Readers’ Choice travel awards. Results were announced this morning at 11 am CST.

“Throughout this contest, we’ve been honored to hear the stories of what Mill City Museum means to our visitors,” said Site Manager David Stevens. “Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote us into the top five.”

The following museums placed in the top five:
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio
Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
National Infantry Museum & Soldier Center in Columbus, Georgia
Mill City Museum in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Cincinnati History Museum in Cincinnati, Ohio

More information about the contest and results are available here.

You can learn more about Mill City Museum and its upcoming events, including tomorrow’s STEM Family Day 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.