Tours

Walk in the footsteps of the past as you hear the stories and experience the sights and sounds of the oldest and most scenic parts of the city.

A Mill City Museum guide leads each tour. All tours depart from the Mill City Museum lobby unless otherwise noted.

Outdoor Summer Tours

Riverfront Stories Family Walking Tour

June 22, July 20, Aug 1, 2019

Explore the Washburn A Mill and the Minneapolis riverfront while completing a treasure hunt on this family-friendly walking tour. First, make a mini-journal and then discover treasure boxes and the stories of Minneapolis’s history along the tour route. Ticket price also includes admission to explore Mill City Museum after the tour.

Disasters of the Riverfront Walking Tour. Select a date.

Disasters of the Riverfront Walking Tour

June 23, July 21, Aug 11, Sep 22, 2019

Embark on this tour of the St. Anthony Falls milling district and learn about some of the most tragic disasters in Minnesota history. Hear the stories of fires, floods, explosions, collapses, and other natural and human-created calamities on the riverfront. Gain an understanding of the impact they had on the people involved, and what these tales reveal about Minneapolis history.

Minneapolis Riverfront Walking Tour. Select a date.

Minneapolis Riverfront Walking Tour

June 15, July 13, Aug 10, Sep 14 & 28, 2019

Explore the Minneapolis riverfront and learn about its dramatic past and bright future. You’ll be guided through the historic district at St. Anthony Falls and will stop along the Stone Arch Bridge for spectacular views of the falls. See why this historic district is now a growing cultural, recreational, and residential neighborhood.

Railroad History Walking Tour. Select a date.

Railroad History Walking Tour

June 16, July 7, Aug 4, Sept 8 & 29, 2019

With the arrival of Minnesota's first rail line in 1862, Minneapolis boomed in population and flour milling, lumber production, and warehousing. Take a guided tour of railroad landmarks, including the Stone Arch Bridge, Milwaukee Road Depot, and the Minneapolis Eastern Railway engine house and trestle. Along the way, find clues to the vanishing railroad landscape and learn about the future of Twin Cities rail.

Historic Minneapolis Riverfront Neighborhood Bike Tour. Select a date.

Historic Minneapolis Riverfront Neighborhood Bike Tour

July 25, Aug 15, 2019

Go on a guided bicycle tour of the historic Minneapolis riverfront. Learn about St. Anthony Falls, the only waterfall on the Mississippi, and its surroundings, known as Owamni Yomni in Dakota; explore the historic St. Anthony district; see beautiful residential architecture on Nicollet Island; uncover the history of the sawmilling industry at Boom Island Park; and pedal through the Warehouse District.

Women’s Work Tour. Select a date.

Women’s Work Tour

July 6, Aug 3, Sep 7, 2019

A costumed actor portraying labor writer Eva Valesh (1866–1956) leads a walking tour. Learn about the factories whose working conditions Valesh exposed in a series of newspaper articles, as well as some of the key events in women’s labor history in Minneapolis.

Historic Main Street Walking Tour. Select a date.

Historic Main Street Walking Tour

June 9, Aug 24, Sep 21, 2019

Discover the stories of Minneapolis’s oldest neighborhood with a Mill City Museum guide, who will highlight the rich diversity of the 1850s town of St. Anthony, the immense changes along Main Street throughout the years, and such landmarks as the 1855 Upton Block, 1858 Martin & Morrison Building, Our Lady of Lourdes Church, the Pillsbury A Mill, and the Chalybeate Mineral Springs.

Note: Tours begin at the gray door on 3rd Avenue SE at Main Street (around the corner from the main entrance at 315 Main Street SE).

West Bank Walking Tour. Select a date.

West Bank Walking Tour

June 29, July 14, Aug 18, 2019

Discover the stories of Minneapolis West Bank/Cedar Riverside neighborhood, one of the city’s most diverse and vibrant neighborhoods, famous for its folk and blues scene of the 1960s and protest movements in the 1970s. 

Note: Tours begin at Carlson School of Management (321 19th Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN 55455).

Hennepin Island Hydropower Walking Tour. Select a date.

Hennepin Island Hydropower Walking Tour

June 27, July 11 & 25, Aug 8 & 22, 2019

Explore the history of waterpower at St. Anthony Falls, including Hennepin Island and Father Hennepin Bluffs Park, including special access to view the exterior of an operating Xcel Energy hydroelectric plant. Learn about the historic uses of waterpower at the falls, the role of hydroelectricity green energy initiatives, and the future of waterpower on the Minneapolis riverfront. This tour is presented in partnership with Xcel Energy.

Note: Tours begin at the gray door on 3rd Avenue SE at Main Street (around the corner from the main entrance at 315 Main Street SE).

Year Round Tours

Washburn A Mill Tour. Select a date.

Washburn A Mill Tour

Explore the nooks and crannies of the Washburn A Mill, the National Historic Landmark that is the home of Mill City Museum. The tour highlights the lives of men and women who worked there, how the building functioned during its peak flour milling years, how it changed over time, and how the mill ruin was converted to a museum and office building.

Pillsbury A Mill Tour. Select a date.

Pillsbury A Mill Tour

Discover the story of the National Historic Landmark Pillsbury A Mill, the largest flour mill in the world for many years, which recently reopened as the A-Mill Artist Lofts. See how the building functioned during the flour milling era and view the best-preserved waterpower system in Minneapolis with views straight down a 50-foot drop shaft.

Note: Tours begin at the gray door on 3rd Avenue SE at Main Street (around the corner from the main entrance at 315 Main Street SE).