Spark your child's inner innovator during summer camp at The Bakken Museum! We offer day camps for students entering grades 2 through 9. Students will develop hands-on STEM skills during each session while practicing creativity, compassion, and persistence as they design inventions. Throughout the week, kids will learn how creativity and innovation can shape the world into a better place.

Family and Supporting members of The Bakken Museum receive 10% off summer camp registration! Learn more about the benefits of membership.


Camp Innovation at The Bakken Museum is a week-long summer program for students to design and build their inventions. This project-based learning approach will flex their mental muscles, ignite problem-solving skills, and be a ton of fun. Meet other kids who like to make and develop confidence through skill-building. While the bulk of the weeks will be spent in the student makerspace accessing the tools and materials for their project, we take time to play games, get outside, and learn STEM-inspired tricks.


  • June 14-18 // Grades 4-6 // REGISTER - 4 spots left
  • June 21-25 // Grades 4-6 //  SOLD OUT - JOIN WAITLIST
  • June 28-July 2 // Grades 7-9 // REGISTER - 1 spots left
  • July 5-9 // Grades 4-6 // REGISTER - 5 spots left
  • July 12-16 // Grades 4-9 *Girls Week // SOLD OUT - JOIN WAITLIST
  • July 19-23 // Grades 7-9 // SOLD OUT - JOIN WAITLIST
  • August 2-6 // Grades 4-6 *Girls Week // SOLD OUT - JOIN WAITLIST
  • August 9-13 // Grades 4-6 // SOLD OUT - JOIN WAITLIST
  • August 16-30 // Grades 4-6 // SOLD OUT - JOIN WAITLIST
  • August 23-27 // Grades 7-9 // REGISTER - 3 spots left
  • August 30-September 3 // Grades 4-9 *Girls Week// REGISTER - 10 spots left

COST: $400 per week
CAMP HOURS: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

* The Bakken Museum seeks to be an inclusive and supportive environment for all learners. Our "Girls" camps refers to gender-expansive youth (cis girls, trans girls, non-binary youth, gender non-conforming youth, gender queer youth, and any girl-identified youth).


Innovation can begin at any age! Young Makers will design and build their own take-home projects using simple tools and materials. During this half-day camp, students will learn some basic makers skills like circuits and basic construction through fun, hands-on activities. Meet other young makers, play games, and learn about how STEM skills can help people.


COST: $225
CAMP HOURS: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.


Inventing and designing for every day - a collaborative camps experience with the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD).

Students will learn and apply the Design Thinking process to design, develop and effectively prototype a product to solve a real-world problem. Experiential and hands-on learning will empower students to become innovative thinkers and problem solvers. Students and educators will brainstorm, conduct research, create prototypes and explore 2D and 3D design. With the new knowledge, students will plan, build and test with guidance. On the last day, students will pitch their newly created product and receive feedback from the group.

Students will have access to two organizations' expansive facilities and staff throughout the week. Students will split time between the Bakken Museum (Monday, Thursday, Friday) and MCAD (Tuesday, Wednesday). Participants must provide transportation to each organization.


  • July 26-30,
    Mon, Thu, Fri at The Bakken Museum / Tue, Wed at MCAD

COST: $250
CAMP HOURS: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

SOLD OUT - Join the waitlist

Scholarships are available. To learn more and apply, visit MCAD's scholarship page.


Health and Safety Guidelines

We want to provide the best – and safest – experience possible for our campers. We've developed additional safety and wellness plans for campers, counselors, and parents. As the situation around COVID-19 evolves, we will continue to follow the guidelines laid out by the Minnesota Department of Health.

Safety precautions will include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Staggered drop off and pick up times
  • Required at-home monitoring for symptoms of illness by campers and all museum staff
  • Division of campers into 2 groups of 12 with 3 adults with no mixing between the groups
  • Students will be required to wear face masks as per regulations by the City of Minneapolis
  • Use of PPE by museum staff
  • Handwashing and hand sanitizer stations available in every space
  • Individual tools kit for each student for the week
  • Modified camp activities to reduce contact between individuals
  • Use of outdoor space whenever possible

Camp Staffing

The Bakken Museum's summer campers benefit from a low student-to-staff ratio (4:1). Camps are led by our experienced Maker Educators. Our education staff is supported by high school and college-aged counselors all of whom have a passion for STEM and experience working with children. Interested in becoming a Bakken Museum Summer Camp Educator? Contact Andre to be alerted about opportunities.

What to Bring

  • A nutritious and delicious lunch
  • An extra mask
  • A refillable water bottle
  • A snack (we will provide a snack, such as a serving of popcorn or crackers, but if you have any allergy concerns or an especially hungry child, you might want to pack another)
  • Comfortable clothes that can get dirty
  • Closed-toed shoes (we work with some heavy, hot, or sharp items in the makerspace). We strive to send kids home with as many toes as they came with



Become a Member and Save
Bakken Museum Household, 62+ Household, and Supporting members receive early access to registration and a 10% discount. Learn about membership.

Bakken Museum summer campers are committed to making our programs available to everyone. Need-based scholarships are available. We are a participant in the Summer Academic Enrichment Program, which will cover the full camp tuition for those who qualify. Learn more about all the Bakken Museum scholarship offerings.



Visit our frequently asked questions webpage to learn all the ins-and-outs of summer camp at The Bakken Museum.

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