Gardens and Grounds

The Bakken Museum is surrounded by beautiful landscaping and stunning examples of nature, including three distinctive gardens. The Florence Bakken Medicinal Garden curves around the museum’s West side. Inspired by medieval European “physic” gardens, it features medicinal plantings and a rock fountain with aquatic plants. The Dakota Native Plants Garden encompasses the wetlands area on the East side of the

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Barry Moser’s Frankenstein

Over one hundred and sixty years after the original printing of Frankenstein, Mary Shelley’s work sparked Barry Moser’s imagination. Moser has set Shelley’s text with his own nightmare-inspiring wood engravings for his edition of Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus. An exhibition of illustrations from the 1983 Pennyroyal Press edition of the novel will

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Flora + Fauna

Flora + Fauna: New Exhibit in the Cabinet of Curiosity Flora + Fauna, a new exhibit in the Cabinet of Curiosity, features illustrations of plants and animals that hint at the variety and richness of the natural world and our human fascination with it. These pieces of amazing history come from

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Mary and Her Monster

This audacious and fascinating young woman from the early 1800’s challenged conventions, overcame obstacles, and found inspiration in the art, culture and science of her time. The exhibit features interactive experiences that create an immersive environment where curious minds of all ages can learn about Mary’s life. Her novel Frankenstein

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West Winds

Explore the story of West Winds mansion, the museum’s home on Lake Calhoun. Since its mid-1970s transformation into The Bakken Museum, visitors have marveled at its impressive architecture. Discover details about the exquisite craftsmanship that characterizes the building. Dial an antique phone and listen to stories from former residents. Dig into the fascinating rumors and

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Spark of Life

What is electricity? What did people from other times and places think about it? From light bulbs to comic book villains, discover the many uses and meanings of electricity. Play a theremin, the very first electronic musical instrument—without even touching it! Crank up a 60,000-volt static spark on the huge Wimshurst generator. Check

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Ben Franklin’s Electricity Party

In the 1700s, Ben Franklin and other scientists hosted parties to show off the latest discoveries in static electricity. Join the party and try out some electric parlor tricks! See if you can make your hair rise by cranking up the electrostatic generator. Charge a Leyden jar battery and zap

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Electropolis

Electropolis

It takes a lot of work to light up a city! Electropolis is an exhibit on electricity in Minneapolis that combines science and history to engage children ages 4-8 and their families in educational play. Electropolis features several fully interactive stations where kids can light up and power the Foshay

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Cabinet of Curiosity

Flora + Fauna, a new exhibit in the Cabinet of Curiosity, features illustrations of plants and animals that hint at the variety and richness of the natural world and our human fascination with it. These pieces of amazing history come from our underground vault and select pieces have been generously

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Frankenstein’s Laboratory

Get spooked in our immersive object theater, featuring Frankenstein’s monster. The 12-minute show brings to life the tale of a mad scientist haunted by his creation. Meet Mary Shelley, who wrote the story when she was just eighteen years old. Peek into Frankenstein’s laboratory and see his creepy experiments. Watch the dramatic creation of Frankenstein’s

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