The Bakken Museum
The Bakken Museum, located in Minneapolis, explores innovations in science, technology and humanities. As the only Smithsonian-affiliate in Minnesota, The Bakken’s Minnesota Made showcases some of the innovations that are dedicated to patients and inventors that have made patients’ lives better.
The museum is located in Minnesota’s dubbed “Medical Alley,” which is one of the most densely-concentrated medtech areas in the U.S. The Bakken Museum is named after Medtronic’s founder Earl Bakken, who invented the battery-powered, wearable cardiac pacemaker in 1957.
Medical Design & Outsourcing recently got an inside look at the museum’s backroom where devices such as blood pressure monitors called Mosso plethysmographs are kept for engineers to learn from.