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Museum Info
: (612) 626-9660  |  |  10 Church Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
Parking is available in the 4th Street Ramp & Church Street Garage. Some metered parking is available on nearby streets.      


Café Scientifique: Feathered Ghosts: The Fish-Eating Owls of Northeast Asia

May 19, doors 6 pm, program 7 pm
Bryant Lake Bowl, tickets $5-$12, available online or at the door

Dr. Jonathan Slaght, a conservation biologist for the Wildlife Conservation Society, is a leading expert on one of the rarest raptors, the Blakiston’s fish owl. Join us as he describes his research into the secret lives of the fish owl and how the divergent economies of Russia and Japan (where these birds are found) have influenced conservation efforts.

Sensory-Friendly Saturday Mornings

May 23, 8—10 am
free with museum admission

Experience our dioramas, Touch & See Room, and a mini planetarium show—all with lowered lighting, quieter sounds, and fewer visitors. Children should be accompanied by an adult; siblings without sensitivities are also welcome. Advanced registration required.


North Shore: Book Talk & Signing

June 4, 6:00 pm
free with museum admission

Meet the authors behind North Shore, a comprehensive environmental history of one of the state's most beloved places. Published by University of Minnesota Press.


Stanley Meltzoff: Gallery Conversation

June 4, 7:15 pm
Free with museum admission

Join Mike Rivkin, Meltzoff collector and biographer, and Bob White, fishing guide and artist, as they discuss the ground-breaking paintings by Stanley Meltzoff. Tour the exhibition with two experts and learn how Meltzoff's art inspired their lives and work.


Northern Spark 2015

June 13–14, 9:01 pm — 5:26 am
free with museum admission

The U of M is a proud to again be a hub for Northern Spark, the dusk to dawn arts festival that lights up locations all around Minneapolis, including the Bell Museum!



Stanley Meltzoff: The Great Sporting Fish

May 30 — August 30, 2015
West Gallery, free with museum admission

Experience the magic and mystery of large game fish through Stanley Meltzoff's pioneering art and real scientific specimens.

Impact: Birds in the Human-Built World

Now open
Jaques Gallery, free with museum admission

View an evocative photography exhibit aiming to generate new awareness and knowledge of the presence of birds in our everyday lives.

Birds & DNA: Biodiversity and Mountain Islands

Lobby Gallery, free with museum admission

Dive into the world of DNA and discover the mysteries of hidden biodiversity used to protect the birds of the Caucasus Mountains!  


ExploraDome Theater

3 pm   Zoom! From Earth to the Edge of the Universe

Saturdays & Sundays
1 pm   Zoom! From Earth to the Edge of the Universe
2 pm  Gravity Always Wins: The Death (and Life) of Stars
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 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.