Visit The Bakken Museum

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. The museum features a world-renowned collection of books and artifacts, multiple galleries focusing on the wonders of invention, plant medicine, bio-technology, and science, and The Florence Bakken Medicinal Garden.  


Be a museum curator!

Not every inspiring innovator makes it into textbooks. Submit your favorite lesser-known innovator, scientist, or explorer to be part of The Bakken Museum’s LEGO Minifigure challenge. Winning submissions will be exhibited at the museum along with information about the contributions of the individual.

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3537 Zenith Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55416

Free parking is available both in the museum's lot on Zenith Avenue South, and on West 36th Street. The visitor entrance next to the parking lot is handicap accessible.

We are located within walking distance of bus routes 6, 12, and 17. Schedules and route information are available at

The museum is conveniently located adjacent to the chain of lakes bike path. We now have a Nice Ride bike sharing station next to the museum at the corner of West 36th Street and Lake Calhoun Parkway. For more information about this program (available April - November), please visit

Visitors riding their own bikes can find bike parking near our 36th Street visitor entrance.

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Accessibility & Amenities

Museum Hours

(January 4-June 2020)

Saturday: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sensory Friendly Sundays: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. | Second Sunday of Every Month LEARN MORE

Holiday Closures

New Years Day
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Eve
Christmas Day

Admission Prices

General Admission$5.00
Children 3 and underFree
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Limited Income Discounts

Things to see & do

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.

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