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New! Scholarships for ExploraDome and Classroom Programs —at your School!


ExploraDome Theater Programs—at the Bell

ExploraDome + Discovery Tour

Combine the Discovery Tour with extra time in the Touch and See Discovery Room and a half hour grade-appropriate ExploraDome Theater show.

Group Size:
minimum 15 students, maximum 60. Ratio of one adult (admitted free) for every 10 students, additional adults $5 each.
Length: 1.5 hours
Cost: $6.25 per student, $5 per additional adult
To make a reservation or for more information please call (612) 626-9660 or email

ExploraDome Adventure

Spend a half-hour immersed in an ExploraDome program from the options below and one half-hour of hands-on activities.
Program Options:
Changes in the Sky Grades  K-2
The Solar System  Grades 3-8
Zoom! From Earth to the Edge of the Universe  Grades 3-12

Group Size:
maximum 30-35 students. Two paid adults required per 15 students. No additional adults allowed due to limited capacity.
Length: 1 hour
Cost: $5.50 per student
To make a reservation or for more information please call (612) 626-9660 or email


ExploraDome Outreach: The Dome Goes On the Road!ExploraDome-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 from the ExploraDome

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 for schools, non-profit, for-profit groups.
  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.

Public ExploraDome Theater Shows at the Bell Museum

2013 Best Planetarium, CityPages

2010 Tekne Award Recipient



Additional Info of Interest

ExploraDome News, including our monthly newsletter, Astronomers Update

Minnesota Astronomy