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The Bakken Museum

55416-4623 Minneapolis, MN, United States of America (USA) (Minnesota)

Address 3537 Zenith Avenue South
Floor area unfortunately not known yet  
Museum typ Exhibition
Electricity / Magnetism
  • Electronic Musical Instruments
  • Telephone / Telex
  • Biology / Medicine
  • Home Appliances

Opening times
Tuesday – Sunday: 10am – 4pm

Status from 02/2024
Adults: $13; Seniors (65+): $11; Students: $10; Children (4-17): $9

Tel.:+1-612-926 3878  Fax:+1-612-927 7265  


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Location / Directions
N44.938380° W93.321290°N44°56.30280' W93°19.27740'N44°56'18.1680" W93°19'16.6440"

The Bakken Museum is located on the west shore of Lake Calhoun, at the corner of West Calhoun Parkway and 36th Street in Minneapolis, close to bus routes 6, 12 and 17.

Bus & Bike

The Bakken Museum is 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. there is a Nice Ride bike sharing station next to the museum at the corner of West 36th Street and Lake Calhoun Parkway.

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


The Bakken Museum inspires a passion for science and its potential good by helping people explore the history and nature of electricity and magnetism.

Spark of Life

What is electricity? What did people from other times and places think about it? From light bulbs to comic book villains, discover the many uses and meanings of electricity.

* Play a theremin, the very first electronic musical instrument—without even touching it!
* Crank up a 60,000-volt static spark on the huge Wimshurst generator.
* Check out an antique EKG machine and learn about the dog that helped design it.
* Trace the history of electrical science on a giant colorful mural by artist Raoul Dufy.

Ben Franklin’s Electricity Party

In the 1700s, Ben Franklin and other scientists hosted parties to show off the latest discoveries in static electricity. Join the party and try out some electric parlor tricks!

* See if you can make your hair rise by cranking up the electrostatic generator.
* Charge a Leyden jar battery and zap the Franklin bells to make them ring.
* Light up the sparking sign to reveal its secret picture.
* Crank up a mini hail storm with the generator and watch how static electricity works.

Frankenstein’s Laboratory

Get spooked in our immersive object theater, featuring Frankenstein’s monster. The 12-minute show brings to life the tale of a mad scientist haunted by his creation.

* Meet Mary Shelley, who wrote the story when she was just eighteen years old.
* Peek into Frankenstein’s laboratory and see his creepy experiments.
* Watch the dramatic creation of Frankenstein’s monster and hear about his tragic life.
* Get ready to scream at a scary surprise!

Body Electric

Our bodies are zinging with electricity all the time. How does electricity work in the human body? How have we learned to create and control it?

* Challenge a friend to a Mindball competition and learn to master your brain waves!
* Create music out of your own heart beat and experiment with it on a computer.
* Try an electric shock from a "torpedo fish" and discover how ancient Romans used them.
* Check out weird medical artifacts, from antique "magnetos" to atomic pacemakers.

Mysteries of Magnetism

How does magnetism work? What do electricity and magnetism have to do with each other? Explore the properties of magnets through play and experimentation.

* Trace magnets on a TV screen to discover how magnetic fields change color and shape.
* Get behind the gears of a magnetic crane and see how many toy cars you can lift.
* Watch bugs levitate in a video and find out what really powerful magnets can do.
* Test out what kinds of objects are magnetic—paperclips, rocks, coins, plastic, and more!

Electrifying Minnesota

What was life like without electricity? Discover how electrification transformed Minnesota’s cities and farm communities.

* Try hands-on experiments and learn how to generate electric power.
* Watch early films that show how people lived without electricity a hundred years ago.
* Explore dozens of artifacts from the past 125 years that illuminate local history.
* Trace the steps of how green and traditional energy sources are turned into electrical energy. presents here one of the many museum pages. We try to bring data for your direct information about all that is relevant. In the list (link above right) you find the complete listing of museums related to "Radio & Co." we have information of. Please help us to be complete and up to date by using the contact form above.



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