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Bakken Museum, Minneapolis

3537 Zenith Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55416, United States
612-926-3878 |
Admission: $5.00
General Admission $5.00; Children 3 and under Free
Hours of Operation:
Mon. Closed
Tue. 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Wed. 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Thu. 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Fri. 10:00 AM - 05:00 AM
Sat. 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Sun. 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Pre-Purchased Tickets Required for Entry

Bakken Museum is tucked back behind Lake Calhoun Park and straddles St. Louis Park and Uptown Minneapolis. It could be a little hard to find, but if you can get yourself to Calhoun Parkway, you can follow the signs the rest of the way. This one-of-a-kind museum explores the mysteries of our electrical world.

  • 10 Things for Kids at Bakken Discovery Days
  • Education at BakkenLearning About Electricity at Bakken Museum
  • 10 Things for Kids at Bakken Discovery Days
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The museum aims to inspire a passion for science and its potential for social good by helping people explore the history and nature of electricity and magnetism. Check the Family Fun Calendar regularly for more information about all the exciting things happening at Bakken Museum.

2020 Reopening Information

The Bakken has reopened after being closed for renovations and Covid19 concerns. All visitors, including members, must reserve an arrival time online prior to their visit. Masks and social distancing are required and the museum has increased its cleaning and limited capacity.

"The Bakken Museum inspires a passion for innovation by exploring the potential for science, technology, and the humanities to make the world a better place."

Learning About Electricity at Bakken Museum

Bakken Discovery Days

Bakken Discovery Days are themed Saturdays when the Bakken Museum brings in experts from various fields to share activities with visitors. These are fun days to visit as a family because there are activities available for every age level.

Tinker Times at Bakken Museum

Saturday visitors can drop in to the makerspace for hands-on, minds-on tinkering challenges.  Challenges usually take 30-45 minutes, but you can stay for as long or as short as you like. Find the challenge of the month here.

Bakken Museum Classes for Kids

The museum offers classes and camps, outreach programs and field trip experiences for kids, homeschoolers and schools. The Skill Builder Workshops below are an example of a Sunday afternoon program that families can do together. They also offer week long summer camps and camps during school breaks that are drop-off in nature.

Bakken Museum Science Studio

Science Studio is held most weekends (please check website for exact times). The museum encourages families to participate together in themed activities, experiments, and demonstrations. Included with museum admission.

Birthday Parties at The Bakken 

Birthday parties at Bakken Museum include admission and full access to all exhibits and outdoor spaces, a private party room for 2 hours, set-up/clean-up, a guided tour (if arranged for in advance), Science Studio participation, experienced education staff.  Bring your own food and beverages and party supplies. Prices start at $250.

For more birthday party ideas, we've created FFTC’s Ultimate Guide to Birthday Parties in the Twin Cities

Annual Family Memberships

A family membership at the Bakken Museum is $65.00 and tax deductible. It includes all members of the household. (If you have four kids in your family, one visit to Bakken Museum is $52.00, so this is an especially good deal for larger families). Benefits include:

  • Free general admission
  • Free or reduced admission to participating Association of Science-Technology Center (ASTC) Travel Passport when traveling
  • Free admission to The Bakken's Discovery Days
  • Invitation to special events.
  • Discounts on youth programs
  • Discounts at the Museum Store
  • Free subscription to monthly Bakken Electric e-newsletter (although you can just sign up for that)

Bakken Renovations in 2020

The Bakken will be making renovations to the museum beginning in January 2020. Updates will include new interactive exhibit experiences, improved ease of access, and enhanced on and off-site education programming.
During construction, the West Winds mansion will be open to the public on weekends from 11am to 4pm, and they will continue to host Science Studios each month.
For more information about the renovation, visit the project webpage.

Bakken Museum

Image courtesy of The Bakken - The Reimagined Museum

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