As a VENUE: Host an event…

Located on the shore of Bde Maka Ska, the Bakken Museum campus includes the West Winds Mansion, exhibit spaces and classrooms, meticulously kept gardens, and a rooftop patio and lawn. Our distinct venue provides the ideal backdrop for a variety of events. From intimate, garden-side weddings to full museum fetes, The Bakken Museum stands uniquely poised to make your event a truly outstanding occasion. Our venue rental team has over 30 years of experience and will coordinate with you to ensure your event is exceptional. All revenue earned through our rental program supports our mission to inspire a passion for innovation by exploring the potential for science, technology, and the humanities to make the world a better place. Newly renovated spaces include: * A stunning new entrance facing Bde Maka Ska featuring a new lobby * An expansive courtyard and walkway overlooking wetlands restored by the museum * A refurbished green roof overlooking Bde Maka Ska * Flexible-use classrooms and rental spaces * Updated amenities, including lockers, all gender accessible bathrooms, and food and drink vending, and * A 3,000 square foot gallery space. Four distinctive rental spaces are offered:

    • With high ceilings, ornately carved walnut paneling, and large windows overlooking the green roof, the Great Hall is perfect for meetings, receptions, and meals. The attached Sunroom is bathed in light and offers event attendees the opportunity to access our beautiful courtyard gardens. The Great Hall is outfitted with audio and video technology including projectors, retractable screens, microphones and speakers.Museum visitors can access adjacent rooms during Great Hall rentals. For more privacy, please consider a full West Winds rental.
      • Capacity: Social: 100 / Presentation: 80 / Seated Meal: 42
    • Historical ambiance reigns supreme in the beautiful West Winds mansion. Built in 1929 by William Goodfellow, West Winds combines English Tudor, European Gothic Revival, and other architectural styles. A full West Winds mansion rental includes exclusive access to the gardens and rooftop terrace overlooking Bde Maka Ska and is open for activity and exploration in all rooms adjacent to the Great Hall.
      • Capacity: Social: 100 / Presentation: 80 / Seated Meal: 42
    • Our Classroom spaces are a great setting for corporate functions, such as meetings and workshops, as well as larger functions, such as plated dinners or cocktail receptions. Classrooms can be utilized individually or joined together to create one large unified space. Classrooms are outfitted with audio and video technology including projectors, retractable screens, microphones and speakers.Please note, availability during business hours is limited due to field trip and camps during the week.
      • Capacity: Social: 170 / Presentation: 150 / Seated Meal: 120
    • A charming spot for a sun-filled meeting best for small groups with access to a wall-mounted flat screen television and conference table. The Franklin Room can be closed off to the public for private meetings. The Franklin Room is included in West Winds mansion rentals or can be rented individually.
      • Capacity: Total: 8

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As a SHOP: Discover unique gifts…

We welcome you to discover unique gifts for all the innovators in your life (including yourself)! You’ll find * activity kits for ages 3 to adult, carefully curated * books, quirky presents including * apparel * games, and * toys. Each purchase supports our mission of inspiring a passion for innovation.

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Be a DONOR: Show that you care…

The Bakken Museum is Minnesota’s only Smithsonian-Affiliate and features a world-renowned collection of books and artifacts, the Florence Bakken Medicinal Garden, and multiple exhibits on the wonders of invention, plant medicine, bio-technology, and science. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, The Bakken Museum relies on the generosity of donors, corporate and community partners, members and volunteers to continue providing engaging experiences for children and all members of the Twin Cities community. The museum serves 45,000 individuals annually through exhibits and STEM-focused events, camps, and outreach programs.


  • Membership Levels include: * Dual * Dual (Senior) * Household * Household (Senior) * Bassi * Châtelet, and Lovelace. * Gift Memberships are encouraged.
  • Corporate Memberships: Corporate memberships provide museum access to your employees and support exhibit development, education programs, and artifact preservation. Membership Levels include: * Explore * Wonder * Dream, and * Inspire.


  • Donations at any amount are appreciated. Recurring gifts are encouraged, Memorial and Tribute Gifts are welcomed. You may identify and underwrite efforts of your choice.
  • Planned Giving: Ensure that your legacy includes support to a local institution with deep roots in the future of innovation.
  • Sponsorships: Explore our program and event sponsorships that provide significant brand exposure and community engagement with our audiences. Support The Bakken Museum as we spark creativity, discovery, and exploration for kids and adults alike. Through our innovative STEM education programs, community events, and interactive workshops, we are striving to build a community at the intersection of science, technology, and health and wellbeing. Find an option that works for you to ensure significant brand exposure and engagement with our audiences. With your sponsorship, you can help us share that spark as we leverage the past to inspire the next generation of innovators to transform the future. FIND THE RIGHT SPONSORSHIP FOR YOU!
  • Foundation Partnerships: The Bakken Museum is proud to partner with local and national foundations in the shared pursuit of our mission and vision. We invite you to learn about a few of these partnerships. If you are a foundation representative, feel free to contact our team to learn more.

Volunteer: The Bakken Museum offers a broad range of volunteer opportunities for all ages and group sizes. Bring yourself or bring your company to support our gardens, exhibits, or STEM education programs. The Bakken Museum inspires a passion for innovation by exploring the potential for science, technology, and the humanities to make the world a better place. The museum features a world-renowned collection of artifacts, exceptional education programs, exhibits exploring the wonders of invention, plant medicine, technology, science, and the Florence Bakken Medicinal Garden. Volunteer opportunities range from individuals mentoring in our makerspace to groups helping to maintain our beautiful organic gardens.

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