Five things to do at The Bakken Museum this Holiday Weekend

Whether you have a few free hours or an entire day to plan, the Bakken Museum is hosting a whole lot of innovation this weekend. In addition to regular weekend hours, the museum will open its doors for special holiday hours on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If you haven’t stopped by the Bakken Museum in a while, or even if you have, here are five reasons to come in this weekend:

  1. Exhibits – 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. Explore the exhibits >>
  1. Science Studio – Your brain is the captain of your body. It runs the show and controls just about everything you do, even when you’re sleeping. Not bad for something that looks like a big, wrinkly, gray sponge. We will have a range of activities designed to engage youth, families, and adults. Science studio activities change each month and are free with museum admission. See the activities >>
  1. Skill Builder – Aspiring makers and inventors are invite to join us Sundays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Bakken Museum makerspace. Practice and improve your tinkering skills while working on a one day project. Makers have the option to use our tools and expertise to work on their own project or purchase a kit and be guided by an instructor. Skill builder is recommended for ages 8 to 108. Check out Skill Builder kits >>
  1. Inventors Club – Make something! Inventors Club is a six week program for girls and boys to become inventors by making a project using the tools and materials in The Bakken Museum’s Makerspace. The winter club begins this Saturday and runs through February 23. Inventors Club is divided into two groups for third through fifth graders and sixth through eighth graders. Learn more and register >>
  1. Try it Day – Experiment with circuits! Try out projects that will be included in upcoming Inventors Clubs. Try your hand at creating puzzle boxes without committing to a six week program. If you like it, come back for the full experience. Try It Day activities are available on Monday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., are free with admission, and no registration is required. Peruse Inventors Club projects >>

Hours for January 18 through 21 are: Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.; and Monday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

More information to plan your visit is available at

The Bakken Museum inspires a passion for innovation by exploring the potential for science, technology and the humanities to make the world a better place. The museum is Minnesota’s only Smithsonian-Affiliate and features a world-renowned collection of books and artifacts, multiple galleries focusing on the wonders of invention, plant medicine, bio-technology, and science, and The Florence Bakken Medicinal Garden.