Private Events at The Bakken Museum

The Bakken Museum is an acclaimed metropolitan Museum, 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 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, big or small, a truly outstanding occasion.

Our Spaces:

West Winds

Historical ambiance reigns supreme in the beautiful West Winds Mansion. Built in 1929 by William Goodfellow, West Winds was home to the first incarnation of what is now The Bakken Museum, and can be utilized in four distinct fashions, depending on the parameters of your event. 

West Winds is the ideal setting for corporate functions such as team building, workshops, meetings, receptions, luncheons, and awards dinners. It is also the perfect backdrop for personal events such as weddings, anniversary and retirement celebrations.


Great Hall


Franklin Room


Due to the nature of our onsite educational programming, the Volta and Galvani Classrooms are not available during the day during the following timeframes:

Monday-Friday, 06/13/2016-08/26/2016 and 10/04/2016-06/02/2017


Full Museum Rental


Event Inquiries: 

For additional information about private events, please contact Chris Lundeen and Kristen Aeikens at Thank you!