Mill City Museum

704 S 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55401, USA

Located along the Mississippi riverfront, the Mill City Museum rises eight stories from the limestone ruins of what was once the world’s largest flour mill. Today, this National Historic Landmark houses antique milling equipment, vintage advertising, and exhibitions on the wheat farms, and visitors can ride the grain elevator, watch a movie about Minneapolis’s humble beginnings, learn how the Mississippi River powered all the local mills, and sample freshly made treats in the Baking Lab. There’s also an observation deck with panoramic views over the city, and the Ruin Courtyard, which hosts events and live music throughout the year. When hunger strikes, head to the on-site restaurant, Bushel & Peck, for lunch fare like burgers, sandwiches, and salads.

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Flour mill, farmers market & history

Plan your Saturday here: Start with breakfast at the Mill City Farmers’ Market, take a history tour of the Gold Medal Flour mill (now a museum and lofts), and follow the historic stone arch bride (rent a bike or stroll). Return for lunch at Spoon River for a local farm fresh experience, and end your evening at the world-famous Guthrie theater. Make sure to check out the observation bridge inside.

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