About Us

Welcome to The Bakken Museum!

Since 1975, The Bakken Museum has been committed to nurturing a passion for science in visitors from around the world.   Founded by Earl Bakken, a Minneapolis native and co-founder of Medtronic, The Bakken Museum offers something for everyone.

Located in the historic West Winds mansion on Lake Calhoun and home to the Florence Bakken Medicinal Gardens, The Bakken boasts one of the most beautiful settings you will find in the Twin Cities.  In addition, the museum maintains a world class collection of historic medical instruments and scientific as well as books, journals and manuscripts.

A Smithsonian affiliate, The Bakken offers dynamic exhibit experiences and industry-leading STEM-focused education programs.  Our experiences focus on the history and nature of electricity and magnetism, Minnesota’s medical technology industry and, of course, Frankenstein!

A historic mansion, unique collections, medicinal gardens, dynamic exhibits, and rich education experiences; The Bakken truly has something everyone can enjoy.  Please explore our website and come visit The Bakken.  We are sure your experience will be electric!

For more information on the history of The Bakken, please visit our History page.

Michael Sanders, Executive Director

A Medical Alley Association Partner