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Founded by Earl Bakken, inventor of the first transistorized cardiac pacemaker, this hands-on museum explores electricity and magnetism through exhibits, 2,000 scientific instruments and a rare literature collection. Ongoing exhibits include “Mysteries of Magnetism” and “Frankenstein’s Laboratory.” Housed in a 1920s Tudor mansion on Lake Bde Maka Ska’s western shore. Grounds feature medicinal gardens. Admission: $10 adults (25-61), $8 seniors and teens (13-24), $5 children (5-12), ages 4 and younger and members free.
With nearly 60 museums in the Twin Cities, it’s hard to note all the places to awaken your senses. But a definite stand-out sits on a hill above Lake Bde Maka Ska in Uptown Minneapolis and features “electrifying” interactive exhibits that explore the mysteries of our electrical and magnetic world. The Bakken Museum invites hands-on discovery with a variety of educational and kid-friendly exhibits. Make your hair stand up at Ben Franklin’s Electricity Party or enter Frankenstein’s Laboratory for a spooky 12-minute show telling Mary Shelly’s famous tale of Frankenstein’s monster. Learn about the historic West Winds mansion that houses the museum or take a stroll through the beautiful gardens. With a number of summer camps and programs for children and adults alike, the museum is devoted to making science-learning fun.