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The Bakken Museum
3537 Zenith Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55416
The Bakken is the world's only library and museum devoted to medical electricity. Its collection is devoted to explaining "the historical role of electricity and magnetism in the life sciences and medicine." Approximately 11,000 written works and about 2,000 scientific instruments are stored there, some specifically for electrophysiology and electrotherapeutics. Many of the permanent displays are interactive and suitable for children. For example, visitors can generate a 60,000 volt spark with a Wimshurst machine and challenge family members to a game of Mindball. Exhibits include "The Spark of Life", "Mysteries of Magnetism", "Ben Franklin's Electricity Party", "Electrifying Minnesota" and "Frankenstein's Laboratory." The Bakken was founded by inventor Earl Bakken who was enamored with a movie version of Mary Shelley's work "Frankenstein" at a young age and grew up to build the first portable and implantable cardiac pacemakers.
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