The Bakken Museum is closed to the general public September 14-October 8.
Join us on October 9 for the opening of the brand new Spark Exhibit.

We've combined three of our smaller exhibit spaces to introduce one major experience. Join us this fall for the brand new Spark exhibit. The Spark exhibit is all about finding what inspires you to innovate. You'll explore biomimicry in our Inspiration Inspired by Nature animated mural, hunt for secret codes to use in the Bakken Booth, and learn how science fiction reflects real life using the Magic Book.

Bakken Members are invited to be the first to enjoy the Spark Exhibit during our member preview days on October 3 and 4. Members receive free admission but must reserve a ticket in advance.

Reserve Spark Exhibit Member Preview Tickets Here.

The Spark exhibit will be open to the general public by timed tickets at 10 a.m. on Friday, October 9.


IMPORTANT HEALTH & SAFETY INFORMATION

  • All admissions require a reserved arrival time. Once you arrive, you may stay as long as you like.
  • Museum members enjoy free admission and must reserve an arrival time as well. Select Purchase Tickets on this page and then sign in to receive free admission.
  • All reservations must be made online. The museum will not be accepting cash payments, and guests should purchase their timed entry tickets in advance.
  • Masks are required for all guests over age 2.

GUEST CODE OF CONDUCT

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have developed a Guest Code of Conduct to keep all our guests and staff safe and healthy.

  • If you or your child have a fever, cough, shortness of breath, or any other known symptom of COVID-19, please do not visit the museum. We hope you will visit on another day when you are well.
  • Masks are required for all guests over age 2 while inside the museum.
  • Wash your hands and/or use hand sanitizer before you enter and frequently throughout your visit. Hand sanitizer is available inside the museum.
  • Maintain a physical distance of 6ft from staff members and guests who are not with your group.
  • We strongly encourage you to use the stairs if you are able, to leave space in the elevator for those who need it.
  • Please be kind to our staff and each other. Respect the directions of the staff. We are here to help and are looking out for everyone’s health and safety.

Please see The Bakken Museum's complete COVID-19 Guidelines and Preparedness Plan below for more information about how we are keeping all of our visitors and staff safe at this time.

HOURS

The Bakken Museum will is closed to the public for exhibit installation September 14-October 8.

Tuesday-Sunday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Monday: Closed

HOLIDAY CLOSURES

New Year’s Day
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Eve
Christmas Day

OTHER CLOSURES

Election Day


ADMISSION

Adults: $11
Seniors (62+): $9
Students (with ID): $8
Children (4-17): $6
Children (3 and under): Free
Members: Free
Limited Income Admission: $1

LEARN ABOUT LIMITED INCOME DISCOUNTS


TRANSPORTATION

PARK
Free parking is available in the museum's surface lot on Zenith Avenue South.

BUS, BIKE, & WALK
We are located within walking distance of bus routes 6, 12, and 17. Schedules and route information are available at from Metro Transit here.

The museum is conveniently located adjacent to the Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway along the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes. Bike racks are available for visitors.


COVID-19 GUIDELINES AND PREPAREDNESS

The Bakken Museum is committed to providing a safe and healthy space for all visitors and staff.  To that end, we have developed the following guidelines in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our goal is to mitigate the potential for transmission of COVID-19 in our museum and in our communities.

Our COVID-19 Preparedness Plan follows guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).

If you or your child have a fever, cough, shortness of breath or any other known symptom of COVID-19, please do not visit the museum. We hope you will visit on another day when you are well.

In compliance with the City of Minneapolis, all visitors over 2 years of age and staff are required to wear masks that cover their nose and mouth.
Visitors and staff are asked to practice physical distancing by keeping at least six feet away from others who are not in their group. Signage throughout the museum and marks on the ground will prompt physical distancing.
While the current order from Governor Walz allows for museums to operate at 25% capacity, The Bakken Museum will reopen at 15% capacity and will increase only when we feel safe and comfortable doing so.
Handwashing remains the best way to prevent germ spread. We ask that guests wash hands frequently during their museum visit. Visitors and staff members are instructed to wash their hands or use sanitizer when a sink is not available, every hour for 20 seconds, and after any of the following activities: using the restroom, sneezing, touching the face, blowing the nose, cleaning, smoking, eating, drinking and before or after starting work.
Hand sanitizer stations will be placed at the museum’s entrance and throughout the museum with highly visible signage to make them easy to find.
Indicators leading up to the admission desk help maintain 6 feet of social distance while waiting in line. A physical barrier prevents visitors from getting within six feet of staff working at the admission desk. A transparent “sneeze guard” partitions have been added to the admissions desk. The museum will not be accepting cash payments, and guests are encouraged to purchase in advance online.
Guests are asked to purchase their timed tickets online for a specific entry time. Once tickets are purchased, visitors will receive an emailed ticket and receipt that can be scanned at the front desk to check-in. Museum members must sign in to their online account to schedule a visit and receive free admission.
Signage is posted throughout the museum to encourage social distancing, mask-wearing, and proper handwashing.
Guests are encouraged to pack a lunch and enjoy it at one of several outdoor rooftop picnic tables!
High touch areas are being cleaned frequently throughout the day, and every evening after the museum closes. Our HVAC system has been adjusted to increase the percentage of outdoor air throughout our facility.

The Bakken Museums is wheelchair accessible. Please see our accessibility page for more details.

MAKE IT YOUR OWN

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UNIQUE GIFTS TO GIVE OR KEEP

Shop our selection of books, apparel, educational games and toys! Museum members receive special discounts on all store purchases. Learn more

Dreaming on With Earl Bakken

Published by The Bakken Museum, Dreaming On With Earl Bakken is a book of stories told by and about the remarkable man. It includes over 200 images and stories from those close to Earl. To order a copy, please contact us.


The Bakken Museum participates
in the ASTC Travel Passport Program.

The Bakken Museum is a Blue Star Museum.

The Bakken Museum is a Smithsonian Affiliate.

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