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Museum Info
: (612) 626-9660  |  bellmuseum.org  |  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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 Saturday with a Scientist: Misunderstood Molds, Fantastic Fungi and Sensitive Lichens

February 21, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
free with museum admission

Molds, fungi and lichens play important roles in our lives, yet most of us know little about them. We've invited Aaron David and Daniel Stanton from the University of Minnesota's Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior to explain this often mis-understood world. You'll learn how fungi can cause and cure disease, how pigs hunt for them, and how they make our bread grow. There will be six hands-on stations for visitors: Building Your Own Lichen Terrarium, Decomposition, Fungi-related Food and Products, Yeast Experimentation, Fungi Art, and Mushroom Dissection. And don't miss the mini lecture on Killer Fungi!
   
 

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Gallery Conversations: Eyes on the Universe

BIG Thursday! March 5, 5:30 p.m.
free with museum admission

Explore the Eyes on the Universe exhibition in the West Gallery with professor Evan Skillman from the Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics. Professor Skillman will discuss the Andromeda Project on Zooniverse, which allowed citizen scientists to help researchers search for star clusters in the Andromeda Galaxy.

 



Gallery Conversation: Impact

BIG Thursday! March 5, 5:30 p.m.
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. Visit the Jaques Gallery for the official opening Impact: Birds in the Human-Built World. Artist Miranda Brandon will be on hand to lead a gallery talk and answer questions about her work. Refreshments will be served.

 



ExploraDome Theater: Zoom! From the Earth to the Edge of the Universe

BIG Thursday! March 5, 5 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.
Reserve tickets

Catch an ExploraDome show…in the evening! In Zoom! From the 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.
 


 

Sustainability Film Series: A Place at the Table

BIG Thursday! March 5, 7:00 p.m.
free with museum admission

The 5th annual Sustainability Film Series continues… Fifty million people in the U.S.--one in four children--don't know where their next meal is coming from. Directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush examine the issue of hunger in America through the lens of three people struggling with food insecurity; ultimately showing that making healthy food available and affordable is in the best interest of us all. Join us for refreshments at 6:30 p.m.

 


 

Sketch Night: Taxidermy

BIG Thursday! March 5, 6:30 p.m.
free with museum admission

Join us for an informal sketching evening designed for accomplished illustrators and casual hobbyists alike. Our theme for the evening is Taxidermy, a variety of vintage objects and tools from the museum will be on display. Our artist guest for the evening is puppeteer Gordon Smuder of The Puppet Forge, an expert on crafting creatures from fabric. Participants will get to create their own creatures from reused plush toys.

 


 

Saturday with a Scientist: Chemistry

March 14, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
free with museum admission

Chemistry is cool--and hot! Join the Bell Museum and professor Ken Leopold from the Department of Chemistry as we explore the various facets of chemistry in our everyday lives…from Newtonian fluids to exothermic / endothermic reactions. Play with dry ice, make liquid nitrogen ice cream, separate oil and water with a funky lava lamp, and more!

 


 

Cafe Scientifique: Hemp's Return to Humanity

March 17, doors 6:00 p.m., program 7:00 p.m.
at Bryant Lake Bowl, tickets $5-$12, available online or at the door

Is hemp the game changing plant that is going to feed the world, free us from fossil fuels, and put small farmers back to work? With its super strong fibers, nutritious seed oil, and vast untapped potential as an alternative energy sources, "Hemp Bound" writer Doug Fine thinks so. Doug joins Bell Museum curator of plants George Weiblen in an eye-opening discussion of the future of hemp in America and worldwide.
 


  

Saturday with a Scientist: Primates

Saturday, March 28, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
free with museum admission

Learn about primate behavior and communication from Lisa O'Bryan, who studied 10 male chimpanzees in Gombe National Park in Tanzania (following Jane Goodall's work). Try your hand at termite fishing, compare early human skulls to primate skulls, see the differences between human and chimpanzee vocalization on a computer screen, and more! Work your way through our four interactive stations to complete your activity booklet and take home an official Bell Museum Junior Primatologist button!
 
 
 Ongoing 

Exhibitions 

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

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! 
 


 

ExploraDome Theater

Enjoy public daytime shows Friday through Sunday! Purchase Tickets

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

Saturday
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

Sunday
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.