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Artifact Collection | Bakken Museum

Artifact Collection

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The instrument collection comprises approximately 2,500 artifacts from the 18th century to the present. It includes electrostatic generators by George Adams, Edward Nairne, John Cuthbertson and others; magneto-electric generators; medical stimulators designed by Duchenne; induction coils; physiological instrumentation by E.J. Marey; recording devices; cardiac pacing devices; and accessories. Unorthodox devices are well-presented and include electric belts and hairbrushes, magnetic applicators, and radionics equipment. The instruments are available for study, and a catalogue of the instrument collection is available through the website.

Also of interest to researchers are collections of 19th and early 20th century medical and electro-medical ephemera (about 400 advertisements, manuals, postcards, broadsides, circulars, and pamphlets) and miscellaneous scientists' letters from the 18th-20th centuries. If you would like to search or browse The Bakken's ephemera holdings, please follow this link (this is a work in progress--more items will become available as we continue to bring them online).

If you would like to consult The Bakken Museum about an instrument or artifact that you own, please contact Adrian Fischer, Curator of Instruments, at 612.926.3878 ext. 201 or via email, and if possible, include a photograph of the artifact.

The Bakken Museum does not provide monetary values for artifacts; if you are looking for such information, contact dealers of antique scientific and medical instruments. Here is a guide to information on dealers: