Mill City Museum Nominated for Nation’s Best History Museum

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Release dated: January 16, 2024

MNHS media contacts: Nick Jungheim, 651-259-3060, or Allison Ortiz, 651-259-3051,

The public can help Mill City Museum take the top spot by voting online daily

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (January 16, 2024) – Mill City Museum is asking for the public’s support to take the top spot in an online contest to win the title of the Nation’s Best History Museum.

The downtown Minneapolis site has been named among 20 nominees for a USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award in the category of best history museum for the second consecutive year. In 2023, Mill City Museum won fourth place in the same contest. This year, the museum hopes to claim the top prize.

“We are doubly honored to receive this nomination as we celebrate 20 years of welcoming visitors to Mill City Museum,” said Mill City Museum Site Manager David Stevens. “We are so grateful for all the support received from Minnesotans last year. This recognition of the great work our staff does to tell the rich history of Minneapolis is tremendous.”

To vote for Mill City Museum as Best History Museum and learn more about USA TODAY’s 10Best Readers’ Choice travel awards, click here. One vote per day per person is permitted. Individuals are encouraged to vote daily through the contest’s end at 11 am CST on February 12. History lovers can also support the museum online by sharing the hashtag #MCMTop10 on social media.

Visitors at the museum can learn about Minneapolis’ growth through interactive exhibits and hands-on activities about the intertwined histories of the flour industry, the Mississippi River, and the city of Minneapolis. Other highlights include multimedia shows, scenic views atop the Koch Rooftop Observation Deck, works from local artists, and award winning architecture.

Additionally, Mill City Museum offers a variety of events for all ages, ranging from walking tours to family days.  It also hosts free special exhibits in the free Mill Commons area. Spirits Dancing Photographs of the Night Sky by Travis Novitsky is currently on display until April 7.

For interview and multimedia requests, please contact Nick Jungheim.

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.