University of Minnesota


Earl E. Bakken
Medical Devices Center

Location & Directions



Due to the current COVID-19 situation and the U of MN President's directive we limiting tours or visitors until further notice. Contact the BMDC Lab Supervisors for more information.

You will need to have an Appointment Confirmation Email from the person you are meeting with at the Bakken MDC to navigate security.


Map of Bakken MDC Location & Directions

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UMN Driving Directions to Washington Ave Ramp

From I-94 East or Westbound

  • Exit Huron Blvd SE (exit 235B)
  • At the 4th light, turn left onto Washington Ave
  • At stop sign, take right onto Harvard St SE
  • At first light, take a left onto Beacon St SE
  • At stop sign, take left onto Union St SE
  • Entrance to the Ramp will be on the left

From I-35W

  • Northbound
    • Exit University Ave / 4th St SE (exit 18)
    • At light take a right onto University Ave SE
  • Southbound
    • Exit University Ave / 4th St SE (exit 18)
    • Drive across 4th St SE
    • At next light, take left onto University Ave SE
  • Once on University Ave.
    • In .6 miles, turn right onto Church Street
    • At the stop sign, turn left onto Pillsbury Dr SE (becomes Harvard St SE)
    • At first light, take a right onto Beacon St SE
    • At stop sign, take left onto Union St SE
    • Entrance to the Ramp will be on the left

Walking Direction From Washington Ave Ramp:
Exit the ramp to the south and cross Washington Ave SE, enter Moos Towers/Phillips Wangensteen Building (PWB)* - down the steps (pictured below) Once inside Moos/PWB follow the corridor until you reach Freshii Restaurant (pictured below), Just before the restaurant there will be a corridor to the right (pictured below), follow the corridor into the Mayo Building and the Bakken MDC is on the right (pictured below).

*For wheelchair access: use the tunnels accessable by the elevator on the southwest side of the ramp and go down to the LL/Tunnels, follow the tunnel into Moos/PWB.

Front Entry of Moos Towers/Phillips Wangensteen Building (PWB) Turn Right at Freshi Front Entry of Bakken MDC


UMN Driving Directions to East River Road Garage
East and westbound on I-94:

  • Exit Huron Blvd SE (exit 235B)
  • Make an immediate left turn onto Fulton St. SE
  • Continue straight on Fulton St. SE (becomes East River Pkwy)
  • Entrance to the ramp will be less than .3 miles on the right.

Walking Directions From East River Road Garage:
Take the stairs/elevator in the NE corner up to top floor, Exit the garage and turn right onto Delaware St toward Church St. At the corner of Church St and Delaware St you will see the Mayo Building entrance to your right (pictured below), cross Church St and enter the Mayo Building. Follow the Corridor, just past the elevators and immediatly turn left, take your first right (pictured below) and follow that corridor past the Medical School Admissions Entrance (pictured below). The Bakken MDC is through the doorway on the left.

Entrance to the Mayo Building Follow the hallways to the Bakken MDC Pass the Medical School Admissions Entrance and turn Left



Click here for a Walking Guide to the UMN Campus


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