IMPORTANT UPDATE: Following regulations set forth by state leadership, The Bakken Museum will be closed to the public beginning Saturday, November 21, 2020. We will continue to follow guidance from the state and health officials and reopen when it is safe to do so.

If you have purchased timed tickets or registered for upcoming programs, you will receive an email with information to reschedulerefund, or donate your purchase.


  • All admissions require a reserved arrival time. Once you arrive, you may stay as long as you like.
  • Museum members enjoy free admission. Members must reserve timed tickets in advance. To reserve member tickets, select Sign In in the top right corner of the ticketing page here. If you do not already have an account, select Register.
  • All reservations must be made online. The museum will not be accepting cash payments, and guests should purchase their timed entry tickets in advance.
  • Masks are required for all guests over age 2.


If you or your child have a fever, cough, shortness of breath or any other known symptom of COVID-19, please do not visit the museum. We hope you will visit on another day when you are well.

In compliance with the Minnesota state guidelines, all visitors over 2 years of age and staff are required to wear masks that cover their nose and mouth.
Visitors and staff are asked to practice physical distancing by keeping at least six feet away from others who are not in their group. Signage throughout the museum and marks on the ground will prompt physical distancing.
While the current order from Governor Walz allows for museums to operate at 25% capacity, The Bakken Museum will reopen at 15% capacity and will increase only when we feel safe and comfortable doing so.
Handwashing remains the best way to prevent germ spread. We ask that guests wash hands frequently during their museum visit. Visitors and staff members are instructed to wash their hands or use sanitizer when a sink is not available, every hour for 20 seconds, and after any of the following activities: using the restroom, sneezing, touching the face, blowing the nose, cleaning, smoking, eating, drinking and before or after starting work.
Hand sanitizer stations will be placed at the museum’s entrance and throughout the museum with highly visible signage to make them easy to find.
Indicators leading up to the admission desk help maintain 6 feet of social distance while waiting in line. A physical barrier prevents visitors from getting within six feet of staff working at the admission desk. A transparent “sneeze guard” partitions have been added to the admissions desk. The museum will not be accepting cash payments, and guests are encouraged to purchase in advance online.
Guests are asked to purchase their timed tickets online for a specific entry time. Once tickets are purchased, visitors will receive an emailed ticket and receipt that can be scanned at the front desk to check-in. Museum members must sign in to their online account to schedule a visit and receive free admission.
Signage is posted throughout the museum to encourage social distancing, mask-wearing, and proper handwashing.
Guests are encouraged to pack a lunch and enjoy it at one of several outdoor rooftop picnic tables, weather permitting.
High touch areas are being cleaned frequently throughout the day, and every evening after the museum closes. Our HVAC system has been adjusted to increase the percentage of outdoor air throughout our facility.

The Bakken Museums is wheelchair accessible. Please see our accessibility page for more details.


The Bakken Musuem is an independent 501(c)(3). Donations and memberships support educational programming, exhibitions, and artifact preservation.

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