Mill City Museum Wins Fifth Place in Best History Museum Contest

Mill City Museum

Minnesotans showed their support for the museum in an online contest


(Minneapolis, MN) —  February 23, 2024 – Mill City Museum has won the honor of being named among the best history museums in the nation. Online voters chose the Minneapolis museum as the fifth place finisher.

The recent contest included 21 sites from around the country, which were nominated by an expert panel for USA TODAY’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice travel awards. Results were announced on the 23rd of February.

“It is an honor to be ranked as one of the five best history museums in the nation for the second consecutive year,” said Site Manager David Stevens. “We’re thankful for all those who took the time to vote and support Mill City Museum.”

The following museums placed in the top five:

  1. Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  2. National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio
  3. Cincinnati History Museum in Cincinnati, Ohio
  4. Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson, Mississippi
  5. Mill City Museum in Minneapolis, Minnesota

More information about the contest and results are available here.

You can learn more about Mill City Museum and its upcoming events, including tomorrow’s STEM Family Day at

About the Minnesota Historical Society
The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. MNHS collects, preserves, and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs, and book publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, MNHS preserves our past, shares our state’s stories, and connects people with history.

About Mill City Museum
Mill City Museum opened in 2003 on the banks of the Mississippi River. It was built within the ruins of the Washburn A Mill. In 1983, the mill was named a National Historic Landmark. A fire engulfed the then-vacant building in 1991, leaving only the interior concrete and limestone walls. Shortly after, the Minnesota Historical Society announced plans to develop a museum within the remaining structure.

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