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The Bakken Museum

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    • the new addition (foreground) complements the original mansion (background)
    • Overview

      “In an era of cheap construction and pared-down architecture, the Bakken Museum’s handsome addition is as delightfully out-of-step as the idiosyncratic little museum itself. . . . MSR treated this domestic jewel with the gentle hand it deserved. . . . For the children who come to the Bakken, experiencing architecture of such quality may be as startling as feeling the spark of electricity.” —Star Tribune

      Housing an internationally recognized collection of rare books, manuscripts, and instruments documenting the history of electromagnetism in biology and medicine, The Bakken outgrew the walls of its 1920s Tudor-style mansion and hired MSR for the design of an extensive renovation and expansion.


    • the renovation reorganizes administration, research, and curatorial functions
    • the expansion includes a research library and archives
    • the project also moved exhibits and classrooms into a fully accessible addition
    • Specifications

      Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota

      Type: Renovation/expansion

      Size: 12,000 square feet (renovation); 14,000 square feet (expansion)

    • Awards

      Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission Preservation Award for Addition to a Historic Building.

      Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Best Renovation Award.

    • Project Contact

      Jeffrey Scherer

      • Architect / Principal
      • jeffrey@msrdesign.com
      • 612 359 3223
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