The Bakken Museum will reopen to the public Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning Saturday, June 20, 2020.
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 three acres of exhibits, gardens, and grounds in a safe way.
While our first floor is currently under construction, we are offering discounted admission and an extension on all memberships purchased before October.
Our renovated first floor will include a brand-new lake-facing entrance, museum store, updated classrooms, and a modernized Makerspace. We invite you to be among the first to see our new spaces beginning July 16.
- All admissions require a reserved arrival time. Once you arrive, you may stay as long as you like.
- Museum members enjoy free admission but 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.
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.
JUNE 20-JULY 12
Saturday: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
BEGINNING JULY 16
Tuesday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
New Year’s Day
General Admission: $5
Ages 3 and Under: 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.
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.
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.
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.
MAKE IT YOUR OWN
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.