Mill City Museum


The building is indeed a former mill, and highlights include a ride inside an eight-story grain elevator (the 'Flour Tower'), Betty Crocker exhibits and a baking lab. It's not terribly exciting unless you're really into milling history, though the mill ruins in back are an atmospheric sight. A foodie-favorite farmers market takes place in the attached train shed on Saturday mornings May through September.

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1. Endless Bridge


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2. Gold Medal Park


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3. Water Power Park

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4. Mary Tyler Moore Statue

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5. Weisman Art Museum

1.06 MILES

The Weisman, which occupies a swooping silver structure by architect Frank Gehry, is a university (and city) highlight. The airy main galleries hold cool…

6. University of Minnesota


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7. Minneapolis Institute of Art

1.62 MILES

This museum is a huge trove housing a veritable history of art. The modern and contemporary collections will astonish, while the Asian galleries (2nd…

8. Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

1.67 MILES

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