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The Bakken Museum

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Address: 3537 Zenith Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55416-4623
Phone Number:
+1 612-926-3878
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

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Very Interesting and different museum

This is a great place for kids and adults. Science at its best - informative and playful. They did a little play about Edison and Tesla that was entertaining for the adults... read more

Reviewed 27 September 2016
Alexandria, MN
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Alexandria, MN
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41 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 September 2016

This is a great place for kids and adults. Science at its best - informative and playful. They did a little play about Edison and Tesla that was entertaining for the adults, allowed the kids to participate and taught everyone something! Highly recommend this one.

Thank UncleJoni
Noel C, Manager at The Bakken Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review, UncleJoni! We are so glad we could share some of the cool science and wacky characters from history with you and your family. We hope to see you again! More 

Eagan, Minnesota
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28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

Get away from the Tv and see what you could have invented. Maybe inspire your old invention to save lives and advance science. There is a story here for everyone to enjoy.

1 Thank Craig O
Kansas City, Missouri
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24 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 September 2016

What a wonderful little museum! It is offbeat, entertaining, and fun for a wide spectrum of visitors. The exhibits, focused on science and electricity, are interactive, well presented, and well maintained. The building itself is gorgeous house with a great story! (You may have to ask someone; I don't know if there is much posted.) The gardens a beautiful and... More 

Thank yvoatelep
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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37 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 August 2016

Visited with our 4 and 6 year old and had a GREAT time. They were able to experience technology and human anatomy, botany, and even some medical quackery. A great place to bring the kids.

Thank Jonathan H
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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983 reviews
332 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 424 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 August 2016

Our 7 year old grand-daughter and I went here on a summer morning and loved it. I recommend getting here at 10, as it can get very busy. Many interactive, "hands on" displays, plus a beautiful garden (don't miss the garden - please see more below) The 1st floor features various displays to illustrate the power & potential of electricity,... More 

2 Thank Seniordad
West Hartford, Connecticut
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2016

When can I go back? My love of science and architecture is combined in this quaint museum/estate. The gardens are beautiful and the staff is so knowledgable and fun. I can't say enough good things. Great entertainment for children and adults alike.

Thank smwalter
Minneapolis, United States
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40 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 June 2016 via mobile

Really fun for any age if you have a curious mind & like to have fun! It's also a beautiful building to explore! And there is a new Frankenstein experience that is quite an experience that I won't spoil, just try to do it in a small group and close the door (even tho it says not to). The entire... More 

2 Thank Sadee S
Coon Rapids, Minnesota
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 7 June 2016

Cool place to learn bout the history of electricity and the theory behind it. great for kids and adults! also right next to lake calhoun for sunny days!

Thank David J
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27 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 May 2016

The Bakken Museum has to be one of my favorite rainy day outings. I remembered coming here as a kid and was in awe of how cool everything is. As an adult, it does not disappoint!

1 Thank Allyson S
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24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 May 2016

Wonderful displays here, most are hands-on. Ever play a theremin? You can do it here, bringing to mind (for those of a certain age) the musical scoring of so many horror and sci fi films of the '50s. Absorbing for kids and adults both. This is all contained in an imposing mansion on Lake Calhoun set on the beautifully landscaped... More 

2 Thank Jack B

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