The Bakken Museum offers services that make museum programs and exhibits accessible to all visitors. Please view resources for general visitors, sensory friendly resources, and resources for those with memory loss below.
Accessible parking is available in our parking lot off Zenith Ave. S. There is also street parking on W 36th St.
The museum is located off of W. 36th St and Zenith Ave. S. During renovations, the 36th St entrance is closed. Please enter the museum from our visitor parking lot.
Wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please call, (612) 926-4623, to reserve a wheelchair in advance of your visit.
Most videos are closed-captioned. A transcript of the sound and light show, Frankenstein’s Laboratory, can be downloaded and printed below or picked up at the Visitor Services desk.
Service animals such as guide dogs are permitted to assist museum visitors.
Accessible restrooms are located on both floors of the museum. All Gender and Family restrooms are located on the second floor.
Complimentary coat closets are located in the museum lobby across from the Visitor Services desk.
Doors stay open for six seconds. There is an audible floor change signal.
Sensory Friendly Resources
Noise dampening headphones and sensory backpacks are available for visitor use at the front desk on a first come, first serve basis.
On the second floor in the library, we offer a quiet space for visitors who may need to take a break from the museum.
SENSORY FRIENDLY SUNDAYS
The Bakken Museum offers Sensory Friendly Sundays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the second Sunday of every month.
Sensory Friendly Sundays allows people with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and sensory processing differences to have an enjoyable and interactive learning experience in a comfortable and accepting environment. Events will include modified programming for diverse sensory needs and specialized staff training.
2020 Dates and themes:
- January 12: Art Appreciation
- February 9: Oceans
- March 8: Women in History
- April 12: Earth
- May 10: Flora and Fauna
- June 14: Summer Fun
- July 12: Colors, letters and numbers
- August 9: Travel the World
- September 13: Fall
- October 11: My favorite monster
- November 8: Being Thankful
- December 13: Winter land
The Bakken Museum’s Sensory Friendly Program has been developed in consultation with the Autism Society of Minnesota.
The Bakken Museum is proud to offer programming for people in the early to mid-stages of memory loss. Individuals diagnosed with a dementia-related illness are invited to visit the museum with their caregiver.
Events are held from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. on the third Tuesday of every month. Each session will include social time, snacks, learning, hands-on activities. Some sessions will include brief tours, sensory activities, and treasures from our vault/library.
2020 dates and themes:
- February 18: The Month of Love - The Heart (will include artifacts from the vault)
- March 17: West Winds mansion - The History of Our House (will include a tour of the main floor)
- April 21: Batteries, Bulbs, and Wires (will include an artifact(s) from the vault)
- May 19: Mary Shelley and Her Monster (will include an artifact(s) from the vault/library)
- June 16: Plants as Medicine: Flora (& Fauna) at The Bakken – (will include a garden tour and an artifact(s) from the vault/library)
- July 21: The Brain (will include an artifact(s) from the vault/library)
- August 18: Electricity is Life - (will include an artifact(s) from the vault/library)
- September 15: Spirituality & Healing
- October 20: TBD at The Pavek Museum of Broadcasting
- November 17: TBD at The Pavek Museum of Broadcasting
- December 15: TBD at The Pavek Museum of Broadcasting
Programming is free for participants. Registration for each session is required. To register, contact Bekki Burnette at email@example.com or 612-926-3878, Ext 229.
The Bakken Museum is a member of the SPARK! Alliance, a foundation of museums, nature centers and cultural centers committed to the inception, development, facilitation and sustainability of cultural programs for people with memory loss and their caregivers.
Memory loss programming at The Bakken Museum is funded by a grant from the Neighborhood Health Connection through Allina Health.
(JANUARY 4-JUNE 2020)
Saturday: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
New Years Day