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ExploraDome Theater at the Bell: Weekly Schedule

3 p.m.   Zoom! From Earth to the Edge of the Universe

1 p.m.   Life in the Universe
2 p.m.  Zoom! From Earth to the Edge of the Universe
3 p.m.  Back to the Moon for Good

1 p.m.   Life in the Universe
2 p.m.  Zoom! From Earth to the Edge of the Universe
3 p.m.  Back to the Moon for Good


ExploraDome Theater tickets are available online or by phone (612) 624-2345. Shows routinely sell out in advance. We highly recommend reserving your tickets online. [Purchase Tickets] Limited rush tickets may be available at the door starting two hours prior to the show time. 

About the shows: 
Life in the Universe

Why is Earth just right for life? We will investigate the location and composition of Earth compared to Mars, Venus, and other planets in the Solar System to understand the conditions that have allowed life to flourish on Earth. We also will investigate recent findings that raise the possibility of life on moons in our solar system and planets orbiting distant stars.

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.

Back to the Moon for Good

Immerse yourself in a race to return to the Moon 40 years after the historic Apollo landings. See how a competition among privately funded international teams is ushering in a new era of lunar exploration. Learn about the Moon’s resources and discover what humanity’s future on the Moon might hold. A production of XPRIZE Foundation, Produced by NSC Creative.


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Purchase tickets online
ExploraDome shows are sold separately from museum admission. Package rates are available below!
$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

Show PLUS Bell Museum admission
(ExploraDome tickets can be purchased in advance the package discount will apply to museum admission and will be given at the door)
$4 for Bell members, UMN students and employees
$7 for non UMN students with college ID and children ages 3-17
$9 for seniors
$11 for general admission adults
Children under 3 are free

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

About the  ExploraDome Theater 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 (PDF version) 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

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