Behind the Scenes at the Bakken Museum - Atlas Obscura
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Minneapolis, Minnesota

Behind the Scenes at the Bakken Museum

Enter the museum's typically off-limits vault to explore 19th and 20th century electro-medical ephemera on this special access tour!

The Bakken Museum was founded in 1975 by Earl E. Bakken, inventor of the first transistorized cardiac pacemaker. It includes a great variety of electricity-related objects and innovations, all designed to explore the potential for science, technology, and the humanities to make the world a better place.

This Obscura Day, the Bakken Museum will offer attendees a special curator-led tour of the vault, which houses the museum's collections of approximately 2500 artifacts from the 18th century to the present, including electrostatic generators, magneto-electric generators, medical stimulators, induction coils, physiological instrumentation, recording devices, cardiac pacing devices, and accessories. Unorthodox devices are well-presented and include electric belts and hairbrushes, magnetic applicators, and radionics equipment.


  • Vault tours will be offered to small groups at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. & 1:30 p.m., and will be led by either the Bakken's Curator of Artifacts or Director of Exhibits and Collections. Please make sure to double-check your tour reservation time!
  • Ticket price includes admission to the museum for the day of the event.


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