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.

With appreciation to the Bill and Kay McReavy and Family Fund for Programming in Connection with Tours on the Stone Arch Bridge.

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. Includes museum admission the day of your tour.

June–September 2022

Outdoor tours

Minneapolis Riverfront Walking Tour. Select a date.

Minneapolis Riverfront Walking Tour

Take a guided walking tour of the Minneapolis riverfront and learn about its dramatic past and bright future. Visit the historic district at St. Anthony Falls, once the milling center of the world and now a growing cultural, recreational, and residential neighborhood. Stop along the Stone Arch Bridge for spectacular views of the falls, view historic buildings surrounding the riverfront, and learn about the many people who have worked and lived in the area over the years.

June–September 2022

Historic Main Street Walking Tour. Select a date.

Historic Main Street Walking Tour

Discover 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 landmarks like the 1855 Upton Block, 1858 Martin & Morrison Building, and the Pillsbury A Mill. 

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).

June–September 2022

Past tours

Strike! The Workers' Rights Tour.

Strike! The Workers' Rights Tour

Take a guided tour of the historic Washburn A Mill to discover the dramatic story of work and labor in Minneapolis from the 19th-century to today. Hear how activists improved the lives of workers in the mills and related industries and how management responded by creating anti-union policies and groups like Citizens' Alliance.

Shadow of a bicycle on a road.

Workers History Bike Tour

Experience Minneapolis history through the stories of working people in one of the most bike-friendly cities in the country. Learn about the Gateway District’s history as a haven (and epicenter of vice) for off-season railroad workers and lumberjacks, uncover the dangers of the sawmilling industry at Boom Island Park, hear about undercover reporting by activist Eva Valesh, and pedal through the Mill District in the former flour milling capital of the world.