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The Bakken Museum

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

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A unique, interactive Museum of electricity "in" our lives, founded by Earl Bakken - creator of the Medtronic heart pacemaker

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 28 November 2016
Rob B
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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42 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

A unique, interactive Museum of electricity "in" our lives, founded by Earl Bakken - creator of the Medtronic heart pacemaker

2 Thank Rob B
Ames, Iowa
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

Great science museum for my science obsessed sons. One is interested in the body and the other in electricity--this was the perfect combination of both. We happened to go on a day with special exhibits by Frankenstein200.org, which was fantastic. The museum was crawling with volunteers and docents ready to get kids and adults alike involved in the displays. All... More 

1 Thank Momandem12
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

I can't believe I haven't visited here sooner! We went last night to the preview party for Mary and Her Monster, all about Mary Shelley and how the story Frankenstein came to be. It was small, well done and quite creative... I'm bummed I didn't sit thru the whole "movie", some of the diaglogue got a little long, but sit... More 

1 Thank bonnie c
Roseville, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

This is a charming museum, thanks in no small part to the fact that it is a converted mansion with a lovely setting (including small garden you can walk). The exhibit space isn't huge, and it is all focused on electricity, but that still provides surprisingly large ground, including many displays about the human body and medicine (the founder was... More 

Thank pdwschmidt
Alexandria, MN
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 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.

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Eagan, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 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
St.Paul, Minnesota
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331 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 406 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 

1 Thank Seniordad
West Hartford, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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

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