Plan your next event with us

Steeped in turn of the century ambiance, surrounded by meticulously kept gardens, and boasting an array of carefully curated exhibits, our distinct event spaces are the ideal venue for your next personal or corporate function. The Bakken Museum stands uniquely poised to make any event, big or small, a truly outstanding occasion.

Venue Rental

  • Personal or Corporate Events
  • Garden-side Weddings
  • Employee Retreats
  • Social Functions

Birthday Parties

Host your child's next birthday extravaganza at the museum! Celebrate your special day with one of our exciting science-themed birthday packages, complete with an educator-led activity and a special souvenir to take home.

Our Spaces

West Winds

Historical ambiance reigns supreme in the beautiful West Winds Mansion, which sits on the west side of Bde Maka Ska (formerly Lake Calhoun).

Built in 1929 by William Goodfellow, West Winds was home to the first incarnation of what is now The Bakken Museum, and can be utilized in four distinct fashions, depending on the parameters of your event.

West Winds is the ideal setting for corporate functions such as team building, workshops, meetings, receptions, luncheons, and awards dinners.

It is also the perfect backdrop for personal events such as weddings, anniversary and retirement celebrations.

West Winds rental includes the Franklin Room, Great Hall, Sunroom, outdoor spaces, and common areas.

Great Hall

The Great Hall and adjoining Sunroom are perfect for cocktail receptions, intimate dinners, corporate meetings, and more.

Boasting picturesque windows, high ceilings, and ornately carved walnut paneling, this space is the perfect backdrop for your next gathering.

The lovely Sunroom is bathed in light and offers patrons the opportunity to access our beautiful courtyard gardens via glass French doors.

General Occupancy

  • 42 - seated dinner
  • 70 - cocktail/social reception
  • 80 - lecture-style seating



Franklin Room

Boasting stain glass windows, gorgeous views of our rooftop terrace and Bde Maka Ska (formerly Lake Calhoun), and newly-installed, state-of-the-art A/V, the Franklin Room is the ideal setting for your next small scale meeting or business retreat.

General Occupancy

  • Up to 10



The Galvani and Volta classrooms are perfect for classes, workshops, large meetings, receptions, awards ceremonies, or a larger dinner.

Both rooms are equipped with reliable technology that allows for both audio and visual presentations.

These rooms can be rented separately, or used as a combined space for larger events.

Versatile, they have the ability to house a formal board meeting in the afternoon, and an elegant banquet in the evening.

*Please note: Due to The Bakken Museum´s on-site educational programming, rental of classrooms is limited.

Double Classroom Capacity

  • 100 people at 72" round tables (must be rented)
  • 150 people lecture-style seating
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