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3537 Zenith Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55416
612-926-3878 | info@thebakken.org
Admission: $11.00
Age 18-61: $11; 62+: $9; Students w/ ID: $8; Age 4-17): $6; Age 3 & under: Free; Limited Income: $1
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-Purchase Tickets and Walk Up Tickets Available
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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.

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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.

“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 Museum Classes for Kids

The museum offers classes and camps, outreach programs and field trip experiences for kids, homeschoolers and schools. The Science Studio programs below are an example of a weekend program that families can do together. They also offer week long summer camps and camps during school breaks that are drop-off in nature. Find dates, prices and more information each year in our Summer Camp Guide.

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

The Bakken is not currently offering programmed birthday parties. However, families can still have their birthday party at the museum as a rental. Rent The Bakken Museum’s classrooms. The newly-renovated first floor provides private space for party guests along with exhibit exploration for the whole group. Visit thebakken.org/venue-rentals or contact events@thebakken.org for more information

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)

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Bakken Renovations in 2020

Originally written by Gianna Kordatzky
July 13, 2020.

The museum completed its 12,000 square foot renovation (of the 1998 addition) in 2020. As part of the Bakken’s new look, enhanced outdoor spaces and education areas have been crafted to increase the museum’s reach and honor the natural beauty surrounding the museum.

What Bakken’s New Look Includes:

Renovations include:

  • a stunning new entrance facing Bde Maka Ska featuring bird-safe glass;
  • an expansive courtyard and walkway overlooking wetlands restored by the museum;
  • a refurbished green roof overlooking Bde Maka Ska;
  • flexible-use classrooms and rental spaces;
  • a modernized makerspace for classes and camps;
  • updated amenities, including lockers, all gender accessible bathrooms, and food and drink vending;
  • a larger museum store, Earl’s Emporium, featuring science and technology-themed items for all ages;
  • and a 2,000 square foot gallery space that will feature a new, engaging exhibit in Fall 2020.

“In this moment, we are especially focused on providing a community space for people to feel connected to one another and inspired by our exhibits, gardens, and grounds.”

The Bakken Museum President and CEO Michael Sanders

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