The Bakken Museum is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. The museum has carefully implemented health and safety measures to keep visitors and staff safe.

  • All museum admission requires a reserved arrival time. Tickets can be purchased in advance here.
  • There is a limited capacity of 25 guests per half-hour admitted.
  • Our HVAC system has been adjusted to increase the percentage of outdoor air throughout our facility.
  • Handwashing and hand sanitizer stations are available throughout the museum.
  • Face coverings are required for all guests over age two.
  • High touched areas are being cleaned frequently.
  • Room layouts have been altered to ensure social distancing.
  • Anyone experiencing a fever, cough, shortness of breath, or any other known symptom of COVID-19, are asked not to visit the museum. We look forward to welcoming you at a later date.


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. There is a limited capacity of 30 guests per hour admitted.
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.

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