Get a shock from a 100-year-old electricity machine, experience the world of Mary Shelley and her novel Frankenstein with experiments and an immersive object theater, wire a tiny city and light up the Foshay Tower, and test out some of Ben Franklin's favorite static electricity experiments.

Current Exhibits

  • 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…

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  • Deep Roots

    Deep Roots: Plants as Medicine fosters reflection and encourages lively discussion as it delves into our modern preconceptions about the relationship between plants and wellness. Located…

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  • Body Electric

    Our bodies are zinging with electricity all the time. How does electricity work in the human body? How have we learned to create and control…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Treasures from the Vault

Our underground vault houses tons of interesting secrets! Each month we highlight a new item and dive in to its unique backstory.

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