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.
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.
Take a guided tour of the historic Washburn A Mill to discover the dangers of working in the flour milling industry. Workers were exposed to constantly moving machinery, high-powered water turbines, and tall grain elevators where one wrong move might have disastrous consequences.
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Discover the stories of women who lived and worked in Minneapolis on this outdoor tour with a Mill City Museum Guide. Learn about labor–paid, unpaid, legal, and illegal–in industries from laundries and sewing factories to brothels. Be inspired by the stories of activists including Eva Valesh and Nellie Stone Johnson who fought to improve the lives of working women. The tour includes about 1.5 miles of moderately-paced walking. It starts and ends at Mill City Museum.
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.
Discover the stories of Minneapolis’s oldest neighborhood and gain insight into the rich diversity of the 1850s town of St. Anthony, established on the east side of the Mississippi in 1848, a few years before its neighbor Minneapolis. In its early years, the city was a crossroads for many diverse peoples, including Yankees, immigrants, Métis, a free Black community, southern tourists, and Dakota and Ojibwe peoples. 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).
Take a guided walking tour of LGBTQIA+ community spaces in Downtown Minneapolis. Visit a selection of the sites highlighted in the exhibit, Going Out, Coming In: LGBTQ+ Spaces in Downtown Minneapolis. Hear the stories of queer resistance, love, and identity formation amid the evolution of the neighborhood through the 20th century. The tour includes about 2 miles of moderately-paced walking. It starts and ends at Mill City Museum.