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ExploraDome Theater

Thursday - Friday 
2 pm  –  Meet the Neighbors: Journey to the Planets
3 pm  –  Zoom! From Earth to the Edge of the Universe

Saturday - Sunday
1 pm  –  Zoom! From Earth to the Edge of the Universe
2 pm  –  Meet the Neighbors: Journey to the Planets
3 pm  –  Zoom! From Earth to the Edge of the Universe

ExploraDome Theater tickets are available online or by phone (612) 624-2345. Shows routinely sell out, we recommend reserving your tickets online. Limited rush tickets may be available at the door starting two hours prior to the show time. 

Meet the Neighbors: Journey to the Planets

Explore Earth's place in the cosmos by taking a look at our home from various locations throughout the Solar System and the galaxy. From Voyager's Pale Blue Dot to Apollo's Earthrise, we'll meet our closest neighbors but always keep home in sight. Appropriate for all ages.

Zoom! From Earth to the Edge of the Universe

The audience decides where to go in this show, from Earth to the edge of the observable universe and anywhere in between. The journey will help learners appreciate the scale of the Solar System, galaxy, and universe; the vast distance separating celestial objects; and how these object change over time. 


$6 for general admission adults and seniors
$4 for members, UMN students and employees, students with college ID, and children ages 3-17
Children under 3 are free

ExploraDome tickets are sold separately from museum admission, but ticket-holders receive $1 off museum admission.

Purchase tickets online

Groups of 10 or more interested in an ExploraDome show should call (612) 626-9660.

The ExploraDome Experience

Viewing a program in the ExploraDome Theater is a truly unique experience—it has even been described as being surrounded by a "wall of cool." It is an intimate environment, holding up to 15 people. ExploraDome seating is on the carpeted floor—when you enter, you'll be invited to lay on your back, creating a fully immersive experience. For those that are unable or uncomfortable lying down, chairs are available to sit in the back of the ExploraDome's Theater, still ensuring a view of the presentation. All presentations are given live by a planetarium educator and allow for audience interaction, unless noted as "pre-recorded."

ExploraDome Outreach: Shows On the RoadExploraDome-At-School

Let the Bell Museum bring the wonders of the Universe right to your school and community events with our ExploraDome Outreach traveling dome. Offering planetarium shows for a variety of ages and interests, the ExploraDome uses Uniview software that takes authentic astronomical data and creates an immersive experience like nothing you've seen before! A voyage in the ExploraDome inspires minds and leaves lasting impressions on visitors.

Schedule a Visit

Ready to sign up? Here is the process:

  1. Please read our FAQ before proceeding to the next steps
  2. Ensure your facility can meet the visit requirements needed to house the dome.
  3. Learn about our programs or let us create a custom lesson to meet your needs. The dome can hold 30-35 students in each session. Six or more sessions can be accommodated during one day.
  4. Learn about the program costs.
  5. Search our calendar for available dates. Reservations must be made at least two weeks before the visit. (The calendar will open in a new browser window so you can return to this screen after closing the calendar window.)
  6. Email us at or call (612) 626-9660 with the following information: 
    • School/organization
    • Choice of dates
    • Contact information
  7. Once final program details are finalized, we'll send you a visit agreement for signature.
  8. Download materials to prepare your students for the visit.
  9. Get ready to explore the universe as you never have before.

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Additional Info of Interest

ExploraDome News, including our monthly newsletter, Astronomers Update

Minnesota Astronomy