Spark

FIND YOUR SPARK. CHANGE THE WORLD. Opening to the general public October 9. Members receive early access October 3 & 4. Inspiration and innovation are cornerstones of our human experience. Together they form a cycle of discovery that people use to shape the world. This cycle begins with a spark.

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Doctor Doubledose: Thomas Rowlandson’s Medical Caricatures

Rotating art exhibitions are displayed in the Great Hall of The Bakken Museum’s West Winds mansions. Exhibitions focus on a variety of topics from medicinal plants to Frankenstein and are changed seasonally. ABOUT DOCTOR DOUBLEDOSE Thomas Rowlandson was one of the most prolific caricaturists in history. The Doctor Doubledose exhibit

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Frankenstein’s Laboratory

Get spooked in our immersive object theater, featuring Frankenstein’s monster. The 10-minute show brings to life the tale of a mad scientist haunted by his creation. Peek into Frankenstein’s laboratory and see his creepy experiments. Watch the dramatic creation of Frankenstein’s monster and hear about its tragic life. Get ready to scream at a scary

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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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Deep Roots

Deep Roots: Plants as Medicine: discover the history of plant-based medicine around the world, uncover the variety of uses and preparations across cultures, and reflect on the advances made in plant medicine as our scientific understanding has evolved. Deep Roots: Plants as Medicine serves as a companion to The Bakken Museum’s

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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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KEVA Art and Architecture Studio

NOW OPEN! The KEVA Art and Architecture Studio offers access to 2,000 precision-cut ¼-inch thick, ¾-inch wide, and 4 ½-inches long planks. Using only gravity, dabble with physics in order to achieve balance, optimum proportion, and a steady structure as you construct towers, arches, bridges, and art. Equally appealing to

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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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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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