Explore Out of the Ordinary

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

  • 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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  • 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?…

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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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