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Mill City Museum

An architectural masterpiece overlooking the Mississippi, Mill City Museum has become a downtown Minneapolis landmark. The museum, built on the riverfront amid ruins of what was once the world's largest flour mill, is rich in history. Students learn about the history of the flour industry, the river and Minneapolis.

Our engaging field trips include the lesson of your choice, a self-guided scavenger hunt, the award-winning Flour Tower show and the "Minneapolis in 19 Minutes Flat" movie starring local storyteller Kevin Kling.

Academic Standards: 

All programs support state of Minnesota academic standards in social studies.

Field Trip Options

Baking Lab: A Taste of Immigration

Through geography, history and food, students explore five nationalities that have made Minnesota home. Students can then taste an ethnic treat they make themselves. Development of this program made possible by The Morrison Family Fund for Mill City Museum.

Grades: 4, 5, 6, 7 Details: 50 minutes Cost: $6 per student

Mills & Machines: Engineer It! Working with Simple Machines

Science, history and engineering combine to teach students how simple machines helped the Washburn A Mill operate. Students design and build a solution to a mill problem using K'nex. Development of this program made possible by The Morrison Family Fund for Mill City Museum.

Grades: 4, 5, 6 Details: 40-50 Minutes Cost: $6 per student

History Players: Berry Wheat Bop

Through music, movement and interactive play, students follow Berry Wheat on a journey from the fields of a bonanza farm to the mills of Minneapolis. Students learn the many steps needed to bring bread to their families.

Grades: K, 1, 2, 3 Details: Lesson:40-50 minutes Cost: $6 per student

History Players: Bonanza Farm

Students meet 1880s pioneer Mary Dodge Woodward and learn what life was like on a 1,500-acre farm, using primary sources and artifacts. Using their research, student groups present a piece of Woodward's story.

Grades: 4, 5, 6 Details: Lesson:40-50 minutes Cost: $6 per student

History Players: The Falls Guy

What big event brought Austrian-born engineer William de la Barre to Minneapolis? Students will examine primary resources to figure it out, then they'll hear the story from de la Barre himself.

Grades: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Details: Lesson:40-50 minutes Cost: $6 per student

Mills & Machines: Round the Mills

On this guided tour of the Washburn A Mill, students bring the flour mill back to life by exploring the jobs and experiences of the mill workers.

Grades: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Details: Lesson:40-50 minutes Cost: $6 per student

Baking Lab: Field to Table

Students experience the journey of wheat from field to table, learning what's involved with producing bread. Students bake biscuits from scratch and examine artifacts.

Grades: K, 1, 2, 3 Details: Lesson:40-50 minutes Cost: $6 per student

Water Lab: The Waterfall That Boosted A City

Students become boosters for the blossoming city of Minneapolis in 1880. To do so, they must learn as much as they can about St. Anthony Falls, how the Mississippi provided resources for Minneapolis and how the river was changed to create power.

Grades: 4, 5, 6 Details: Lesson:40-50 minutes Cost: $6 per student

Baking Lab: Kitchen Tested!

Beginning in the 1900s, test kitchens were an important part of the development and marketing of food products. Participants in this lesson bake chocolate chip cookies with varying ingredients, then use their creativity to promote and "sell" their cookie to the rest of the class. Only the best and most trusted recipes wear the proud label "Kitchen Tested!"

Grades: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Details: Lesson:40-50 minutes Cost: $6 per student

Water Lab: The River That Powered Minneapolis

Students discover the power that ran early industries in Minneapolis. Hands-on water activities show students how the Mississippi River and St. Anthony Falls influenced life in this newly developing city.

Grades: K, 1, 2, 3 Details: Lesson:40-50 minutes Cost: $6 per student