BEST MUSEUM EXHIBITION - 2002
Mill City Museum
Do you miss the late 1990s: the heady techno-optimism, the delusional market bubble, the free Internet offers? Remember when everything was e-this, and e-that? When the goatee-and-pierced-face set was going to run the world? Remember when virtual reality--with its clunky headsets and electronic interface--was going to change our lives? Well, we can't go back. It's a what-you-see-is-what-you-get generation now--nothing virtual about it. But we can still sample the coolest museum exhibition in all of Minnesota--a virtual extravaganza almost on the order of what we were promised by Wired back about ten years ago. That is, you can watch the virtual construction of the Mill City Museum, currently being built by Sheehy Construction Company of St. Paul for the Minnesota Historical Society. Devoted to Minneapolis's days as a grain-processing powerhouse, the Mill City Museum is high concept: It will be mere corn husks away from the rugged ruin of the Washburn-Crosby A Mill near the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis. And with this interactive Webcam, you can view the development to date and preview what will come from all angles, with eight different cameras. If the past can provide so much futuristic fun, why can't we vote that rascal Bill back into office for an unconstitutional third term?