Join us to see our newly renovated spaces! The Bakken Museum is proud to offer a unique environment to explore the innovation process through science, technology, and the humanities. We are excited to invite visitors back to the museum to explore our brand-new lake-facing entrance, improved museum store, updated classrooms, and a modernized Makerspace.

WHAT'S NEXT? We’ve combined three of our smaller exhibit spaces to introduce one major experience! In October, we will unveil a brand-new exhibit focused on the cycle of inspiration and innovation.


  • 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. Click on the "Purchase Tickets" button on this page and then sign in to receive free admission.
  • All reservations must be made on line. 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.


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.


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


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


General Admission: $5
Ages 3 and Under: FREE
Members: FREE




The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board has closed sections of Bde Maka Ska to motor vehicles through at least the end of June. View updates from the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board here.

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

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.


Along with unique exhibits, The Bakken Museum offers three acres of meticulously kept gardens and grounds. We are activating our outdoor spaces with activities for all ages.

About our gardens:

The Florence Bakken Medicinal Garden is inspired by medieval European physic gardens. Learn about the past, present, and possible future uses for plants as medicine.

The Green Roof Garden is a natural garden filters rainwater, reducing harmful storm run-off while providing a place for celebrations, picnics, and play.

The Dakota Native Plants Garden is wetland The Bakken Museum restored during its 1988 expansion and home to local flora and fauna.

The Healthy Heart Organic Garden is a summer vegetable garden and composting area which helps keep all of the museum’s gardens green and growing.


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.


Museum Store


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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