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.
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 Opening/Closing Information
As of November 21, 2020, the Bakken is currently closed to comply with the governor's latest Covid-19 guidelines. While they are closed, take advantage of some FREE digital learning resources on their website to get kids excited about science and technology. Check back often because the will be updating with more content.
"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."
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
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)