Designing for Life

Explore how design and engineering can be used to positively impact human lives in Designing for Life. The exhibit includes two areas of focus: Personal Prostheses: try devices that could be used to help people who have limited use of one or both hands. Test your ability to make pancakes

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Minnesota Made

Minnesota Made

Minnesota Made is your window into challenges faced by both patients and inventors, the dedication involved to overcome them, and why inventors strive to make patients’ lives better. Home of Medical Alley, the most densely-concentrated medical technology cluster in the world, Minnesota has long been a leader in medical innovation. At

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Gardens and Grounds

Located on the shore of Bde Maka Ska, The Bakken Museum encompasses over two acres of unique gardens maintained by a group of dedicated staff and volunteers. Florence Bakken Medicinal Garden — inspired by medieval European physic gardens and explores past, present, and possible future uses for plants as medicine.

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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

Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein, was published in the 1800’s when she was just 21 years old. An audacious and fascinating young woman, Mary challenged conventions, overcame obstacles, and found inspiration in the art, culture, and science of her time. Learn about Mary Shelley’s life and her novel in the immersive

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West Winds

Explore the story of West Winds mansion, the museum’s home on Bde Maka Ska (formerly 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

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Spark of Life

What is electricity? What did people from other times and places think about it? How is it embedded in everyday culture and used for good? 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

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Ben Franklin’s Electricity Party

Benjamin Franklin’s curiosity led him to explore many novel ideas and devices of his time. In fact, curiosity was what drove his own discoveries and inventions – from the lightning rod to the glass armonica. In the 1700s, Franklin and other scientists shared their curiosity by hosting parties to show

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Electropolis

Electropolis

It takes a lot of work to light up a city! Learn about the science and history of electricity in Minneapolis in the Electropolis exhibit. Power the Foshay Tower, learn about circuits, and light up the city. Electropolis presents young museum visitors with a combination of ‘how things were’ and

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