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Courtesy the Minnesota Historical Society

Key Info

704 South Second St.

Price & Hours

$12 for adults; $6 for kids 5-17
Hours vary seasonally

Details

Museums, Tours Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend

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To learn more about Minneapolis' industrious past, take some time to tour the Mill City Museum. Situated on the west bank of the Mississippi River and housed in what was once the largest flour mill in the world, the museum recreates an authentic mill experience with equipment, railroad cars and family-friendly hands-on exhibits demonstrating milling techniques. The museum also boasts its own baking lab for cooking demonstrations.

Past visitors said the museum can be a great way to spend a cold or rainy day, but caution that the admission prices can be a bit high, especially for families. Others appreciated the wealth of Minnesota history on display here, as well as the view of the river from the museum. You'll also find a farmers market here – in both summer and winter – in the museum's train shed.

Sitting several blocks from the Stone Arch Bridge and the Guthrie Theater, the Mill City Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday afternoons from noon to 5 p.m. In July and August, the museum is also open on Mondays. Admission for adults costs $12; seniors and students pay $10; tickets for children ages 5 to 17 cost $6. If you would like to join a guide-led walking tour, you'll have to buy seperate tickets. The musuem does not have its own parking lot, but there are several pay lots within walking distance. The museum is also accessible via bus and light rail. Visit the official website for information on guided tours, weekly events and market hours. 

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#1 Minneapolis Institute of Art

Sheltering more than 90,000 works of art that span more than 5,000 years, the Minneapolis Institute of Art is the place to go if you're an art aficionado. Whether you're interested in ancient Egyptian artifacts or European masterpieces by artists such as Titian and Monet, this museum has what you need to get your fix. Recent visitors attest the museum is well-suited for all ages, thanks to the kids scavenger hunt offerered by the museum. Along with the impressive collection of art, travelers are also complimentary of the museum's other offerings, including the Agra Culture Coffee Shop and Cafe.

Located south of the downtown area, the Minneapolis Institute of Art is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (extended hours until 9 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays) and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is free; special exhibits cost extra. Past visitors advised setting aside at least 90 minutes for your visit, though some recommended breaking up your museum tour into two days. Off-street parking is available in a parking ramp south of the museum. There are also surface lots on the northeast and southeast corners of the museum. If you're coming by bus, the museum is located on Route No. 11. For more information about current and upcoming exhibitions, visit the Mia's website.

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