Explore Out of the Ordinary

Get spooked in Frankenstein's Laboratory, meet the mother of science fiction in Mary & Her Monster, and test out some of Ben Franklin's favorite static electricity experiments. In addition to regular exhibits, new activities and experiments are available Saturdays and Sundays in Science Studio.

Current Exhibits

  • 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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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,…

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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…

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