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The Bakken Museum

Minneapolis, MN View map Visit website
Rating 5.0 out of 5
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$4k - $6k For 100 Guests
Up to 120 guests

About

$4k - $6k For 100 Guests
Up to 120 guests

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.

Facilities and Capacity
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.

Services Offered
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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

$5,700

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$4,000

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

$2,700

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$2,500

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Bridal Suite
Chairs
Clean Up
Lighting/Sound
Linens
Parking
Set Up
Tables

What is the maximum capacity of your venue?

120

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?

10

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

6

Describe your venue:

Garden
Historic Building
Mansion
Museum
Rooftop
Waterfront

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Covered Outdoor
Uncovered Outdoor
Scenic Views

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Elopements
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Clean Up
Event Rentals
Get Ready Rooms
Lighting / Sound
Outside Vendors
Set Up
Wifi

What event items are available?

Audio Equipment
Chairs
Decor
Furniture
Lighting
Tables

What food and beverage items are available?

Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

April
May
June
July
August
September
October

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
March
November
December
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    Mark W. Married on 09/04/2021
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    The Perfect Venue!

    If there is one word we would use to describe our wedding venue, it would be "magical!" Thank you to Chris, Maggie, and the entire team at The Bakken Museum for making our wedding day something that will be remembered forever. The Bakken staff were a pleasure to work with. They were flexible in accommodating our vision, and they are experienced planners who had great ideas about the look, feel, and flow of our celebration. And the venue itself in unmatched in its beauty and charm! With its unique majestic gardens, gorgeous architecture and estate-like feel, and hands-on scientific experiments and displays, The Bakken Museum is a wedding venue that is so unique that after a few months our guests are still talking about how amazing our wedding was. We wanted to create an experience for our guests that would make a lasting impression, and The Bakken Museum was that perfect place.
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    Jenna H. Married on 10/12/2019
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    Picture perfect wedding day!

    What an amazing place!
    I had my wedding ceremony and reception at The Bakken. It was the perfect place for our intimate 30 guest wedding.
    Our hosts Chris and Angela were very helpful and caring, they made sure every detail of the day was exactly how I imagined it. Even when last minute we had to move inside due to snow!
    This building is stunning and the people in it are amazing. I highly suggest the Bakken for hosting an event.

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Team

Maggie Peck
Maggie Peck
Database & Retail Manager

Maggie has been working on events at The Bakken Museum since 2019. She loves helping clients turn their event into a full museum experience.

Chris Lundeen
Chris Lundeen
Director of Facilities and Operations

With over 30 years of experience hosting events at The Bakken Museum, Chris will help you plan the perfect day.

Professional Network & Endorsements

1 Endorsement
Katie Thering Photography & Design Katie Thering Photography & Design Wedding Photographers

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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3537 S Zenith Ave The Bakken Museum Minneapolis, MN, 55416
6129263878
612-446-3114

10am - 5pm, Tuesday - Sunday
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