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: (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: Earth 2.0: Habitable Exoplanets?

April 21, doors 6 pm, program 7 pm
Bryant Lake Bowl, tickets $5-$12, available online or at the door

Dr. Chick Woodward of the U's Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics prefers to think of the title for this upcoming Café as Earth 2.0+. Intrigued? So are we! Join us to discover the meaning behind Dr. Woodward's cipher & the future of life in the Universe.

Saturday with a Scientist: Physics Force

April 25, 11 am — 2 pm
free with museum admission

Defy gravity with currents, trick your eyes into seeing something that’s not actually there, and we might even be able to make your hair stand on end! Come experience the free Physics Force show from 12:00 - 1:00 where they do things on the grand scale to excite and induce wonder. Collisions, lasers and more! There will also be hands on demos from the Society of Physics Students and the UMN physics department.

Eyes on the Universe: Hubble 25 Anniversary

April 25
free with museum admission

Did you know the Hubble Space Telescope has made over 1 million observations since 1990? We will be celebrating that and more all day in the Eyes on the Universe exhibit.


Special Exhibition: Working with the Collections
April 28 — May 8

View a limited engagement MCAD student exhibition culminating from a semester of working with our curators, collections, and exhibit designers to examine the connections between art and science.


BIG Thursday!

May 7
free with museum admission

Enjoy a night at the museum with our most popular activities:

Sketch Night: Museum Exhibits — 6:30 pm
Film Screening: Food Chains — 6:30 pm
Gallery Conversation: Eyes on the Universe — 5:30 pm
ExploraDome Theater: 6:30 & 7:15 pm


Bell Social: Curious Creatures After Dark

May 8, 7–10:30 pm
Tickets $12-$15, available online or at the door

Because only the most curious creatures come out at night. Join us for a special evening at the Bell where all our displays and exhibits are open late. A variety of refreshments and refreshing activities await including a celebration of art and science with the 2015 Bell Museum artists in residence Sam Easterson & Diane Willow. Ready to get nocturnal?

Saturday with a Scientist: Poisons

May 9, 11 am — 2 pm
free with museum admission

Join biologists Danielle Drabeck, Megan Kobiela, and Carl Stenoien to discover the exciting world of toxic plants and animals. Discover different types of toxins, how they work, and how some things are resistant to them. Learn about the different animals and plants that have toxins, which ones are deadly and which ones we use in medicine!


Saturday with a Scientist: Medical Technology & The Human Body

May 16, 11 am — 2 pm
free with museum admission

Do you know how you breathe... and are you thinking about it right now? What does electricity have to do with the human body? Answer these questions and more with the Bell Museum, the University of Minnesota’s Medical Device Center, and the Bakken Museum!

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 from the R.J. Gutiérrez Lab in the Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology department describes his research into the secret lives of endangered Blakiston’s fish owls—massive, shy creatures that prey mostly on salmon. Slaght will also discuss how the divergent economies of Russia and Japan (where these birds are found) have influenced their conservation.

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.



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. 

Impact: Birds in the Human-Built World

Open through April 19, 2015
Jaques Gallery, free with museum admission

Birds don't understand glass the same way we do. They fly toward habitat or sky reflected in or seen through windows, often with fatal consequences. In Impact: Birds in the Human-Built World, artist Miranda Brandon offers a visual voice to generate new awareness and knowledge of the presence of birds in our everyday lives, expanding our capacity to understand the issues faced by birds moving through built spaces.

Birds & DNA: Biodiversity and Mountain Islands

Lobby Gallery, free with museum admission

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! 


ExploraDome Theater

Enjoy public daytime shows Friday through Sunday! Purchase Tickets

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

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

1 pm   Zoom! From Earth to the Edge of the Universe
2 pm  Gravity Always Wins: The Death (and Life) of Stars - NEW
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.
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Limited rush tickets may be available at the door starting two hours prior to the show time.