Memory Loss Programming

The Bakken Museum is proud to offer programming for people in the early to mid-stages of memory loss. Individuals diagnosed with a dementia-related illness are invited to visit the museum with their caregiver.

Events are held from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. on the third Tuesday of every month. Each session will include social time, snacks, learning, hands-on activities. Some sessions will include brief tours, sensory activities, and treasures from our vault/library.

upcoming program dates:

Programming is free for participants. Registration for each session is required. To register, contact Bekki Burnette at or 612-926-3878, Ext 229.

The Bakken Museum is a member of the SPARK! Alliance, a foundation of museums, nature centers and cultural centers committed to the inception, development, facilitation and sustainability of cultural programs for people with memory loss and their caregivers.

Memory loss programming at The Bakken Museum is funded by a grant from the Neighborhood Health Connection through Allina Health.


(January 4-June 2020)

Saturday: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sensory Friendly Sundays: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. | Second Sunday of Every Month LEARN MORE

Holiday Closures

New Years Day
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Eve
Christmas Day


3537 Zenith Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55416

Free parking is available both in the museum's lot on Zenith Avenue South, and on West 36th Street. The visitor entrance next to the parking lot is handicap accessible.

We are located within walking distance of bus routes 6, 12, and 17. Schedules and route information are available at

The museum is conveniently located adjacent to the chain of lakes bike path. We now have a Nice Ride bike sharing station next to the museum at the corner of West 36th Street and Lake Calhoun Parkway. For more information about this program (available April - November), please visit

Visitors riding their own bikes can find bike parking near our 36th Street visitor entrance.

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The Bakken Museum is a Blue Star Museum.

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