Bakken Museum

3537 Zenith Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55416-4623

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A one-of-a-kind museum exploring the mysteries of our electrical world. Inspiring a passion for science and its potential for social good by helping people explore the history and nature of electricity and magnetism.

Get a shock from a 100-year-old electricity machine, play spooky electronic music on the theremin, experience Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in the immersive object theater, and test out some of Ben Franklin's favorite static electricity experiments.

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General Admission
Adults: $7
Students & Seniors: $5
Members and kids under 4: Free

Phone: 612-926-3878
Fax: 612-927-7265

Hours of operation: Tue-Sat: 10am-5pm, open until 8pm on Thu

Homeschool classes

The Bakken no longer offers their own homeschool classes, but homeschool organizers may be interested in setting up a custom field trip.

Field trips

For more information, contact ...
Name: Patrick Tomko
Title: Program Logistics Coordinator
Email: tomko [at] thebakken [dot] org


The Bakken Museum offers a variety of activities during your field trip. Each workshop is specially designed to meet your grade levels needs. All of The Bakken workshops support academic science standards. Workshops include a guided tour.

Workshops are available Tuesday through Friday, from October through June during the following time slots:

Plan on spending 3 hours and 15 minutes at The Bakken. Workshop participants are asked to bring a bag lunch which should be clearly labeled with student's name. All lunches should then be grouped together in boxes or grocery bags labeled with both the group's and the group organizer's names.

The Bakken asks that all students arrive wearing name tags.

Cost per child/student: $10
Cost per adult/educator: $7, one free adult/chaperone for every four students

Minimum class size: unknown for workshops
Maximum class size: unknown at this time, possibly 32. It is know that the included exhibit tours are limited to a maximum of 16 students per guide.

Target grade level: programs are available for grades 1 through 12

Batteries: Investigating the Nature of Science & Engineering (Grades 4-6)
Students learn what happens when two great scientists disagree. Students explore the history of batteries by engaging in the famous 200-year-old debate between scientists Alessandro Volta and Luigi Galvani. They make replicas of the first documented battery, the Voltaic Pile, and use it to produce sound and light. Participants take home a kit containing all the materials needed to construct and experiment with their own environmentally friendly battery.

Intro to Magnets Workshop (Grades 1-2)
Students use scientific inquiry to investigate magnets and magnetism. They sort magnetic and non-magnetic materials and observe and compare magnetic force as they learn about the history of magnets. Students make a magnetic motor that demonstrates one way magnets are used in modern engineering to improve everyday life.

Magnets and Electromagnets Workshop (Grades 3-6)
Students recreate the historic experiments that helped people to investigate the properties of magnets. They learn about the invention of the compass, its uses and limitations. They do experiments to better understand magnetism and magnetic fields and explore the interaction between magnetism and electricity. Every student takes home a kit containing all the materials needed to construct and experiment with their own electromagnet.

Pavek Museum of Broadcasting Workshop (Grades 4-6)
Your class visits the nearby Pavek Museum of Broadcasting where they go “live and on the air” in an educational broadcast workshop that highlights the history of radio and TV. Students engage in hands-on activities and demonstrations including hosting a 1960s-style radio broadcast and being a contestant on a TV quiz show.

Static Electricity Workshop (Grades 4-6)
Students investigate the science of static electricity. Students learn about historical figures and the tools they used to conduct their research. Through engaging experiments, the students compare insulators and conductors to discover how they are used in static electricity experiments. All students build a static electricity generator and Leyden jar to take home.

Finding Frankenstein (Grades 7-12)
Who would Mary Shelley be if she were alive today? What led the mother of science fiction to write the novel Frankenstein at the age of 18? Find answers to these questions and learn about the science and culture of the early 1800’s. Through this museum experience you will get to see our thrilling 45 minute interactive theatrical presentation Finding Frankenstein and explore the hands-on exhibits of the museum, including expert led experiences with static electricity and the museum’s exciting 12-minute light and sound show about the novel. This experience is perfect for classes who will be or have read the novel Frankenstein as well as science classes exploring the history and nature of science, electricity, or electricity in the human body.
Available Mondays only, 10am-12pm
Fee: $400 for 20 to 60 students
$600 for 61-100 students
100 student maximum

Cancellation policy/Cancellation deadline: Payment is required on or before the date of your workshop for the number of participants registered or the number of students actually attending, whichever is greater. Refunds will not be given if fewer participants attend than were registered. Changes to your registration must be received by email a minimum of 20 business days prior to your workshop date(s), otherwise you are responsible for the full invoice amount. Cancellations not made by email a minimum of 20 business days prior to your workshop date will incur a $50 late cancellation fee.

Gathering place recommendations: Please review your confirmation letter to verify what time your group should arrive and depart. Groups are asked to use the 36th St entrance, rather than the Zenith Ave entrance.

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Guided Tours

Students explore the connections between history, science and engineering through The Bakken Museum’s interactive galleries. They hear fascinating stories about the relationships between electricity, magnetism, medicine and invention. Students learn that they are part of science by finding a connection with the artifacts, experiments, scientists and inventors highlighted in the museum.

Guided tours are not offered until after 2pm on weekdays from October through May.

Cost per child/student: $8
Cost per adult/educator: $10

Minimum class size: 10 students
Maximum class size: unknown, possibly 32. It is know that exhibit tours are limited to a maximum of 16 students per guide.

Target grade level: grades 1 through 12

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Group Discounts

Discounted rates for groups who wish to explore the museum on their own. Call the Visitor Services Desk at 612-926-3878 at least 24 hours in advance to schedule a group visit during off-peak hours. Group rates are only available with a reservation.

Cost per child/student: $4
Free for children under the age of 4
Cost per adult/educator: $6

Minimum class size: 10 paying guests
Maximum class size: unknown

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Getting there

Parking information: Free parking is available both in the museum's lot (on Zenith Ave S) and on W 36th S. The visitor entrance next to the parking lot is handicap accessible.

Bike: The museum is conveniently located adjacent to the chain of lakes bike path. There is a Nice Ride bike sharing station next to the museum at the corner of W 36th St and Lake Calhoun Pkwy, available April - November. Visitors riding their own bikes can find bike parking near the 36th St visitor entrance.

Bus: Located within walking distance of bus routes 6, 12, and 17. More information at

Driving directions: The Bakken Museum is located in Minneapolis on the west shore of Lake Calhoun, at the corner of W Calhoun Pkwy and 36th St.

Information subject to change. Please check with Bakken Museum for the most current information. Last updated on Sat, Jan 18, 2014.

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