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

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Sketch Night: Deserts

Thursday, January 8, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
free with museum admission

Our theme for the evening is deserts, with specimens pulled from some of the driest places on Earth. Our artist guest for the evening, Michael Berglund, is a local artist, designer, model builder and dinosaur reconstruction artist. Michael is currently the creative director for Surly Brewing Company, and will have samples of his work for them, as well as art created from manytrips to the Southwestern United States and Badlands of the Dakotahs.

Sketch Night (now in its 6th year!) is an informal sketching evening where accomplished illustrators, casual hobbyists and budding artists can gather to draw a variety of themed specimens from the Bell Museum's extensive collections.  Special thanks to our Sketch Night sponsor, Wet Paint!. 


ExploraDome Theater Shows at BIG Thursday

Thursday, January 8, 6:30 p.m.. 7:15 p.m.
reserve tickets

Catch an ExploraDome Theater the evening! The first Thursday of each month the Bell Museum stays open until 9 p.m., with extra activities including planetarium shows.

In January, watch 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 visitors appreciate the scale of the solar system, Milky Way galaxy and the Universe. Visitors will understand the vast distances separating celestial objects and how these objects change over time.


Saturday with a Scientist

Citizen Science

Saturday, January 10, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
free with museum admission

Many researchers rely on citizen scientists to help conduct their research. What are citizen scientists and why are they so important to scientific investigations? Researcher Kyle Willett from the University of Minnesota Department of Physics and Astronomy will guide us through research projects that depend on citizen scientists like you. 


Special Event: What Does it Take to Get Pollinated Around Here?

Tuesday, January 13, 7:00 p.m.
free event

Gather in the Bell Museum auditorium for a presentation by Mike Arduser, a retired natural history biologist from the Missouri Department of Conservation. Learn about the fascinating world of pollinators and pollination, and why both are important in natural and managed habitats. You'll also hear what you can do to bring more pollinators into your surroundings. This free event is offered in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.


Cafe Scientifique

The PHAT Map: Hubble's Legacy

Tuesday, January 20, doors 6:00 p.m., program 7:00 p.m.
at Bryant Lake Bowl, tickets $5-$12, available online or at the door

In 2007, the Space Telescope Science Institute asked scientists to propose "awesome, but crazy" projects that the Hubble Space Telescope could undertake as it aged--multi-year enterprises too massively complex to consider in Hubble's earlier years--that would create the sort of legacy the telescope ought to leave behind. Tonight, University of Minnesota astrophysicist Evan Skillman will explain how the Panchromatic Hubble Andromeda Treasury (PHAT) fits that bill.

Skillman studies extragalactic observational astronomy with specialties in the chemical evolution of galaxies, structure and evolution of dwarf galaxies, star fomation, and cluster galaxies. His research is featured in the Bell Museum's current Eyes on the Universe exhibition.


Saturday with a Scientist

Spiders: Small Brains, Big Behaviors

Saturday, January 24, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
free with museum admission

Join spider neurobiologists Anthony Auletta and Cynthia Harley from the University of Minnesota Department of Entomology to learn all about the amazing world of spiders!

Spiders are one of the most diverse groups of animals on the planet, and they display an equally diverse array of fascinating (and bizarre!) behaviors...all with a brain that is much smaller than our own! Not only that, but spiders are ecologically, economically and culturally important animals that can be found everywhere you look!






Birds & DNA: Biodiversity and Mountain Islands

Free with museum admission, lobby gallery
Most of the forests of the Caucasus Mountains are being cut and their birds are at risk. These forest birds look similar to other species found in Europe, but are they really the same? A team of researchers from the University of Minnesota, along with Russian colleagues, are turning to DNA to answer that important question. If they are distinct populations, what conservation efforts need to happen to protect the birds of the Caucasus Mountains? Dive into the world of DNA in this new exhibit, and discover the mysteries of hidden biodiversity! 

River Sojourn: A Painter’s Portfolio of the Mississippi River Blufflands

thru January 4, 2015
Jaques Gallery, free with museum admission

For the past two years, Sara Lubinski has been trekking bluffs and valleys with sketchbook, pencils, paints and canvas. Specifically, the blufflands—also called the Driftless Region. These bluffs were skipped over by the last glaciation and were not flatten and buried. Streams have cut deep valleys through the limestone bedrock leaving high bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River, creating a landscape not found anywhere else in our region. 

Eyes on the Universe

Open through May 2015
West Gallery, free with museum admission

The universe is HUGE and to study it takes lots of eyes. From researchers at the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering to the citizen scientists that help them sort through mountains of data on interactive websites like Zooniverse, this exhibit explores how working together can help us make new discoveries.

Every weekend as well as Fridays from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Eyes on the Universe is staffed by our interpretive guides. They are on hand to provide walk throughs of the exhibit and can assist groups with guided activities.



ExploraDome Theater

Enjoy public daytime shows Friday through Sunday! Purchase Tickets

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

1 p.m.   Zoom! From Earth to the Edge of the Universe
2 p.m.  Gravity Always Wins: The Death (and Life) of Stars - NEW
3 p.m.  Zoom! From Earth to the Edge of the Universe

1 p.m.   Zoom! From Earth to the Edge of the Universe
2 p.m.  Gravity Always Wins: The Death (and Life) of Stars - NEW
3 p.m.  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.