Throughout Mill City Museum, there are interactive exhibits, puzzles, trains and a lock and dam water play area. I found it to be a great museum to visit with multiple age levels. My preschool-aged kids probably got nothing of the historical significance but really enjoyed the interactive part. The grade schooler asked a lot of good questions about Minneapolis history and we were able to explore the answers together.
The kids (and my) absolute favorite part was the flour tower ride. I was a little nervous going in with my somewhat sensitive four-year-old. You are riding up and down in a freight elevator and there isn't really a place to get off if it doesn't go well (although I'm sure if it became a panic issue, the volunteer guide would stop for you).I'd heard enough about it to know to expect a mock explosion at some point. My other worry was that it might just be boring for them and they would act up. Both of my fears were unnecessary. The excitement of the freight elevator going up and down and stopping at various floors was enough for my kids and we adults found the interviews and history lesson incredibly interesting and entertaining.
Current Exhibits at Mill City Museum
“Heyday: 35 Years of Music in Minneapolis”
Dates: Nov. 16, 2016-April 30, 2017
Opening Reception: Nov. 16, 2016, 6-8:30 p.m.
Cost: Included in museum admission s
Hours: Museum Hours
An exhibit of the photography of longtime local music photographer, Daniel Corrigan. This exhibit is in conjuction with Corrigan's book of the same title published by Minnesota Historical Press. Visitors can view nearly 50 framed Corrigan photos of artists like Prince, The Replacements, Michael Jackson, Iggy Pop.
10 Things for Kids: Mill City Museum