The Old Minneapolis Walking Tour is co-sponsored by Preserve Minneapolis and Meet Minneapolis, with research supported by the Minnesota Historical Society. The tour will walk down Nicollet Mall from 5th Street to the river, then down river to St. Anthony Falls, the Stone Arch Bridge and the Mill City Museum.
The tour will explore the history of and the contrast between the old buildings along Nicollet and Bridge Square as well as focus on the development of the river since 1855. The tour will end at the Mill City Museum where guests will have their choice of viewing the museum or receiving a pass for another day. In addition to the Mill City Museum, guests will be able to take in the Mill City Farmers Market, held under the train shed of the Museum and the Chicago Plaza, next to the Guthrie Theater.
Please note that this tour ends at the Mill City Farmers Market, which is 1 mile from the starting location. Tour participants should plan on making their return trip on foot or by taking the METRO Blue/Green Line (ticket not included).
The tour walks 2 miles and is not ADA accessible.
Tour guide Michael Rainville, Sr. is a 5th generation resident of NE Minneapolis. He is a graduate of DeLaSalle High School and St. Thomas and Notre Dame Universities. He has worked for the Minneapolis Convention & Visitors Association for 34 years, watching the city evolve.