The Bakken Museum

The Bakken Museum is a center for education and learning that furthers the understanding of the history, cultural context, and applications of electricity and magnetism in the life sciences and their benefits to contemporary society.

The Bakken offers:

-A museum with electrifying exhibits and activities that are fun for kids and families
-An education center that offers top quality hands-on programs for students and teachers
-The world’s leading collection of books and artifacts on the history of electricity in life

The Bakken is also available for school field trips, birthday parties and event rentals.

Located in a Tudor mansion on the west shore of Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis, it holds a research collection of 11,000 rare books and 2,500 scientific instruments relating to the role of electricity in life. The Bakken was founded in 1975 by Earl E. Bakken, inventor of the first wearable, external, battery-powered, transistorized pacemaker.

Museum Hours
Tuesday - Saturday 10am to 5pm
Thursdays 10am to 8pm
Closed Major Holidays
Museum Exhibits are Closed to the Public on Mondays
Admission: $7 Adults; $5 Students & Seniors; Members, Children 4 and under are free

Library Hours
Monday - Friday 9am to 5pm
Please contact the library in advance at 612-926-3878 ext. 227 to ensure the best service.
Library hours are subject to change. There is no admission fee for using the library.

The Bakken Museum
3537 Zenith Ave. South
Minneapolis, Minnesota
612-926-3878 |