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The Bakken Museum
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We are FULLY BOOKED for the summer and fall of 2023. We are currently booking for winter 2023, and we have lots of availability in the spring, summer, and fall of 2024.
The Bakken Museum is a wedding venue located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This Tudor-style West Winds mansion is nestled on the shores of Bde Maka Ska, in the heart of Minneapolis’ famed Chain of Lakes region. The property provides scenic views, unique indoor and outdoor event spaces, and a memorable experience for couples and their loved ones. It also features a range of carefully-curated exhibits that are fun and intriguing to explore. These collections include books, artifacts, and galleries dedicated to honoring inventions in plant medicine, bio-technology, and science. Every year, the 501(c)3 hosts over 45,000 visitors who come to learn about the world around them through STEM-driven events and lectures. This distinct and beautiful manor with its carefully manicured gardens is an ideal backdrop to celebrations of all styles and sizes.
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Couples renting The Bakken Museum will find numerous spots to host their ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. Out on the lawns, big leafy trees, a large stone fountain, and a well-maintained medicinal plant garden create an atmospheric setting to exchange vows. Tents can also be put up on the grounds to host dinners and dancing and protect from inclement weather. A courtyard and walkway that overlook the wetlands is also a tasteful spot to enjoy drinks with loved ones after the ceremony. Inside, parties can be held in the 2,000-square-foot gallery, where wooden paneling and hundreds of books give the space the feel of a library. A rooftop patio and lawn also make for a spectacular place to take in the views and celebrate the romantic day. From intimate soirees to grand affairs, the museum can be fully tailored to couples’ preferences and desires.
For the big day, The Bakken Museum offers comprehensive packages that come with tables and chairs, linens, and assistance with setup and cleanup. A get-ready suite is also included for couples to prepare with their wedding parties ahead of the ceremony. The venue comes fully equipped with lighting and sound, and parking is provided. The mansion, gardens, and green roof are also available for photo shoots ahead of the big day and can be coordinated with the rental team.
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Maggie has been working on events at The Bakken Museum since 2019. She loves helping clients turn their event into a full museum experience.
With over 30 years of experience hosting events at The Bakken Museum, Chris will help you plan the perfect day.
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Hands down one of my favorite venues to photograph! This hidden gem is the perfect location for your wedding or event. The Bakken has plenty of options for customizing your day. The garden is gorgeous for a ceremony and the terraces provide the best backdrops for social hour. Your guests will love the convenience of being near Uptown and the lakes, too. Angela & Chris and the rest of the team at the Bakken are there all day to make sure everything goes off without a hitch. If you are looking for a unique, classy, and convenient location for your wedding the Bakken will not disappoint!
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10am - 5pm, Tuesday - Sunday