The Bakken Museum reopening to the public on June 20

Visitors are invited to pack a picnic and enjoy the museum’s rooftop lawn and three acres of gardens

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The Bakken Museum will reopen to the public Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning Saturday, June 20, after a 14-week closure to help the community stop the spread of COVID-19.

Following updated guidelines from Governor Tim Walz, The Bakken Museum will open with timed tickets, allowing up to 15% of the institution’s full capacity to be filled at any given period.

“The Bakken Museum is proud to offer a unique environment to explore the innovation process through science, technology, and the humanities,” said The Bakken Museum President & CEO Michael Sanders. “Along with increasing safety and cleaning procedures, we have enhanced our outdoor spaces with activities to help guests make the most of our 3 acres of gardens and grounds.”

The Bakken Museum began a major renovation in January of 2020. Construction is scheduled for completion on July 16 with a grand reopening and new exhibit in October of this year. With the completion of construction in July, the museum’s hours of operation will change to Tuesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


  • All admissions require a reserved arrival time. There is no time limit once guests have arrived.
  • All reservations must be made online (thebakken.org/plan-your-visit). The museum will not be accepting cash payments, and guests should purchase their timed entry tickets in advance.
  • Masks are required indoors for all guests over age 2.
  • General admission is $5; admission is free for children ages three and under and free for members of The Bakken Museum.


In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Bakken Museum has developed a Guest Code of Conduct to keep visitors 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.
  • Masks are required for all guests over age 2 while inside the museum.
  • Visitors should wash their hands and/or use hand sanitizer before entering the museum and frequently throughout a visit. Hand sanitizer is available throughout the museum.
  • Guests must maintain a physical distance of 6ft from staff members and guests who are not with their group.
  • Visitors are strongly encouraged to use the stairs if they are able to leave space in the elevator for those who need it.

The Bakken Museum’s COVID-19 Guidelines and Preparedness Plan (thebakken.org/plan-your-visit) includes complete information about steps being taken to keep visitors and staff safe at this time.


The Bakken Museum inspires a passion for innovation by exploring the potential for science, technology, and the humanities to make the world a better place. Located in Minneapolis, the museum features a world-renowned collection of books and artifacts, multiple galleries focusing on the wonders of invention, plant medicine, technology, and science, and The Florence Bakken Medicinal Garden. For more information, visit thebakken.org.


Laura Whittet
Associate Director of Communications