MILL CITY MUSEUM
Built upon the ruins of an exploded flour mill, Mill City Museum gives you a glimpse at the history of the Pillsbury Dough Boy, Betty Crocker and the industry that first made Minneapolis famous.
Built upon the ruins of an exploded flour mill, Mill City Museum allows you to experience many elements of the historic Washburn A Mill, including the flour bins and milling machinery alongside modern amenities. Take a seat in the working elevator for an eight-story Flour Tower Tour and then learn about two great brands, Pillsbury and General Mills, and the familiar icons they created such as the Pillsbury Dough Boy and Betty Crocker. There might even be a fresh-from-the-oven treat to try in the Baking Lab. Enjoy beautiful views of the Mississippi River through the eight-story glass façade, then learn about Minneapolis in “19 Minutes Flat” as local humorist Kevin Kling narrates a whirlwind look at the city’s history.
Around 11:30 a.m. or 1 p.m. (after the lunch rush), grab a bite at the D’Amico & Sons Cafe in the main lobby of the museum. Take it to go and walk by the river to Gold Medal Park along its banks. (Gold Medal as in the flour, of course—not the Olympics.)