A chance to experience the drama of science and theater together in your gym, auditorium or cafeteria. Also perfect for libraries, scout groups, science fairs, and other family or youth events outside of the school day, these customize-able programs bring entertainment and education to all ages.

PLEASE NOTE: We're doing our part to help stop the community spread of COVID-19. In response to the global pandemic, The Bakken Museum has paused in-person outreach programs until further notice. Please see our digital outreach programs, or contact us for ways to bring inspiring STEM programming to your school, library, or community center.




This family friendly cutting of our Finding Frankenstein show is the short and sweet version, designed for mixed and younger audiences to introduce them to story behind the story of one of our most famous monsters. Learn about the science and culture of the early 1800’s from Mary Shelley herself while discussing science in society in the past, present, or the future.

Finding Frankenstein

(Grades 7-12)

What led the mother of science fiction to write the novel Frankenstein at the age of 18? Learn about the science and culture of the early 1800’s from Mary Shelley herself in an interactive performance--perfect for classes reading the novel Frankenstein, exploring the history of science and electricity, or those seeking a discussion of science in society in the past, present, or the future.



Come learn about the innovation process. This energetic and engaging show introduces audiences to some of Minnesota's innovators and inventions. Students will be inspired by Minnesota History to go out and Wonder, Try, Discover, and Share. Filled with humor, drama, and of course, SCIENCE!

*Please note, this program is currently only available to libraries and school day programs.

War of the Currents

(Grades 3-6)

Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, and the story of their feud provide a gateway into learning about the science, engineering, and history of electricity and how we generate it. This show engages students in thinking about this tricky topic through interactive storytelling, humor, and some very exciting demonstrations including a finale that will leave students feeling energized about science.

Small Stuff, Big Deal

(Grades 3-8)

Considered to be the cutting edge of STEM research today, nanoscience explores some very little things that may have a very big impact on our lives. Engaging topics such as surface area, chemical reactions, and measurement this funny, fast, and fiery show will invite students to explore how things behave differently when they are small.


Green Energy Outreach Program

(Grades 3-6)

This package uses our Energy workshop to give students a hands-on introduction to electricity generation then builds upon that with our entertaining and electrifying War of the Currents show, giving students both a deeper experience with the content and the extra jolt they need to be excited about science long after it’s over.

Nanoscience Package: Small and Smaller

(Grades 3-8)

Start with our very exciting Small Stuff, Big Deal Assembly as an introduction to the cutting edge of science on the smallest scale then build on that understanding with an inquiry-driven Nano workshop. Student's will take apply the basic ideas and excitement generated by the show to getting up close with demonstrations and work on small group challenges to get an understanding of this small science and its big possibilities.

Following Frankenstein

(Grades 7-12)

Allow students a richer experience by pairing our Finding Frankenstein show with our Science/Fiction workshop as a follow-up. Through our show students will have the chance to not only consider the context and questions brought to light by Shelley’s famous novel. Then, in a classroom workshops they will be invited to also consider what those questions mean in the context of today and the future.


Electricity - Customizable

(Grades 3-6)

The Bakken Museum can customize a 3-5 day residency on the theme of electricity for your students. Combining elements from our Science Assets™ residency, outreach workshops and/or assembly programs, your students can experience static, current, and bio electricity over a number of visits for a fun, in-depth educational experience. This program is intended for grades 4-6 and can accommodate up to four 60-minute classes each day.

Round Robin One-Day Residency

(Grades 3-6)

For an entire grade who wishes to stretch their experience and make connections across a few topics, this one day residency option is an excellent opportunity to dig deeper. A team of Bakken educators will come to your school and teach either 3 or 4 different programs concurrently then classes will rotate between them until everyone has experienced all the programs. A graphic organizer that travels with each class is used to help students track connections between the classes and allows each program to build on those before it, no matter what order they are seen in. Classes leave the day with their own poster and a fully saturated sense of all the exciting, engaging, and entangled ideas covered.

Race to Space Residency - Four Visits

(GRADES 2-6)

The science that helps us shoot for the stars: How do we know what stars are made of? Who designs suits to keep astronauts safe? What is the best way to launch a rocket? Try experiments, play games, and meet scientists to answer these questions and more!

Multi-Day Science Residency

(Grades 3-6)

To make your Bakken experience really last, book a multi-day residency. String together a collection of workshops and/or assemblies that allow students to follow a scaffold-ed arc, specially constructed by the Bakken team from the topics you select. Fit these visits into a few days in a row or have us visit once a week for several weeks to allow to programming impact to stretch wider and go deeper, leaving students with a strong content base and the excitement to carry on the exploration beyond the confines of the program.

Multi-Day Invention Residency

(Grades 3-6)

Introduce students to the concepts and skills needed to dive into inventing with this multi-day residency. Bakken educators will lead classes through a fun and engaging series of games, activities, and challenges that help student to identify and develop skills in design-thinking and engineering process. Each day ends with the introduction of a different inventor and the story of how they used these same skills to help shape our world. This residency is the perfect kick-off to an invention unit or project as it seeks to prepare then provoke excitement in students and send them off with the desire and ability to create.



Assembly Shows: $350/first show, $200/additional show on the same day

Residency Program: please contact us for details and pricing


Click on the button below the program of your choice to inquire about opportunities for The Bakken Museum to visit your school or institution. We will respond to your inquiry within 24-48 hours.

Outreach availability is first-come, first-served, submitting a request for availability does not automatically guarantee or reserve a specific date.

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