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The Bakken Museum

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Address: 3537 Zenith Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55416-4623
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+1 612-926-3878
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10:00 - 16:00
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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The Bakken Museum inspires a passion for innovation by exploring the...

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.

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Fun for kids of all ages

This is a small science museum that has some interesting exhibits. It is a fun way to fill and hour or two if you are with kids or a kid-at-heart.

Reviewed 1 week ago
Karen R
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23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a small science museum that has some interesting exhibits. It is a fun way to fill and hour or two if you are with kids or a kid-at-heart.

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1 Thank Karen R
Minneapolis, MN
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98 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2017

I brought my then 6 year old son here once. He loved the interactivity of the museum as well as the exhibits about sound.

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1 Thank lbhtd
Grand Marais, Minnesota
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27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

Visited on a Saturday afternoon. Not busy, so kids received a ton of one on one time with the volunteers. Mr. Awesome was just that, he spent a great deal of time in the Benjamin Franklin room with my 10&7 year old. They had an absolute blast. We also spent a substantial time working with the circuits in the great... More 

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2 Thank Sarah H
Green Bay, Wisconsin
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13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2017

We chose to visit the Bakken Museum on a cold, spring day when we were searching for something to do. What a delightful surprise! The museum is in an old mansion with a fascinating history. The displays center around electricity with interactive, hands on displays as varied as Mary Shelley's Frankiestein or Ben Franklin's experiments to electricity in our bodies.... More 

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1 Thank 612Carol
Noel C, Manager at The Bakken Museum, responded to this review

Hello 612Carol, thank you for visiting The Bakken Museum! Check us out in the summer or fall as well, when we will have lots of outdoor activities including two family-oriented Discovery Days in June and July. More 

Minneapolis, Minnesota, Usa
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2017 via mobile

So many different examples of electricity in our lives, from the mundane (lighting our homes) to the story of Mary Shelley and how she came to create the Frankenstein tale; all sorts of interactive experiences to spark inquisitive kids' interest! Even a Mindball game to demonstrate the power of relaxation. Fabulous way to spend a few hours.

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Thank Mike B
Noel C, General Manager at The Bakken Museum, responded to this review

We are glad you had a nice time at the museum, Mike. Thank you for visiting! More 

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

A great museum with lots of interactive educational activities. Great smaller alternative to the science museum. Located right off Lake Calhoun so you can make a day filled with lots of great things to do.

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1 Thank Lsilsi2010
Noel C, Manager at The Bakken Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting! The summer is a great time to come back, you can even pack up a lunch and ride a bike over and hang out in our garden or on the green roof that looks out on to the lake. We hope to see you again! More 

Mpls, United States
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26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
Reviewed 2 February 2017

We took our young teenage niece to the Bakken and she LOVED it just as much as we did!! So much to do and many things to see and learn about.

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Thank Janice B
Noel C, Manager at The Bakken Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting, Janice! We're glad that you could enjoy the experience with your niece! More 

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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85 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 November 2016

A unique, interactive Museum of electricity "in" our lives, founded by Earl Bakken - creator of the Medtronic heart pacemaker

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2 Thank JanandCaptainRob
Noel C, Manager at The Bakken Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for your visit, Rob! We hope you come back to learn more about the biomedical revolution in Minnesota later this year when we open a teaser exhibit all about the advances being made right in our own back yard. More 

Ames, Iowa
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33 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 October 2016

Great science museum for my science obsessed sons. One is interested in the body and the other in electricity--this was the perfect combination of both. We happened to go on a day with special exhibits by Frankenstein200.org, which was fantastic. The museum was crawling with volunteers and docents ready to get kids and adults alike involved in the displays. All... More 

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minneapolis
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190 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 October 2016

I can't believe I haven't visited here sooner! We went last night to the preview party for Mary and Her Monster, all about Mary Shelley and how the story Frankenstein came to be. It was small, well done and quite creative... I'm bummed I didn't sit thru the whole "movie", some of the diaglogue got a little long, but sit... More 

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