Private Events at The Bakken Museum

Plan your next meeting or event at a venue with character!

The Bakken Museum is an acclaimed historical and STEM education institution, perched on the shores of Lake Calhoun, in the heart of Minneapolis’ renowned Chain of Lakes region. 
Steeped in turn of the century ambiance, surrounded by meticulously kept gardens, and boasting an array of carefully curated exhibits, our seven distinct event spaces are the ideal venue for your next personal or corporate function. From intimate, garden-side weddings, to corporate meetings, employee retreats, and social functions, The Bakken stands uniquely poised to make any event, from big to small, a truly outstanding occasion.

Event Scheduling Policies 
General Rental Information

Rental Options
Click on the pictures below to see what space will work best for your event!


Great Hall
Seats up to 80 people lecture-style

Seats up to 42 people for seated dinner

Accommodates 70 people for cocktail party

Can accommodate 100 people for cocktail party if Franklin Room is added


Franklin Room
Seats up to 10 people


Seats up to 150 people lecture style

Seats up to 100 people for seated dinner (with rented 72" round tables)


Full Museum Rental
Up to 200 people (scattered throughout the museum)

Inquire About A Room Today!

For more information about scheduling an event, contact Chris and Kristen at