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Museum Info
: (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.


Saturday with a Scientist

Life Under the Canopy and Fantastic Figs!

Saturday, September 13, 11 a.m. - 2p .m., free with museum admission

Ever wonder what it is like being suspended 100 feet up in the rainforest canopy?  What kind of tools you would need? What are you looking for? What kind of wildlife you might encounter?

Get the answers at September's Saturday with a Scientist when we dive under the canopy and discover the fantastic world of figs! We will kick off the academic year of programming with a day devoted to exploring the tropical rainforest exhibit inside the museum. Curator of plants and professor of Plant Biology, George Weiblen, (aka, George of the Jungle) will share what he's learned from the two decades he has spent cataloging the diversity of life on the island of New Guinea. Assisting him is Bega Inaho, who came all the way from New Guinea and is studying Conservation Biology here at the University of MN.


Café Scientifique

Carp and Culture

Tuesday, September 16, doors 6 p.m., program at 7 p.m.
at Bryant Lake Bowl, tickets $5-$12, available online or at the door

The relationships between humans and carp are complex and surprisingly varied in different cultures around the world. In North America, carp are despised as ravenous invasive pests that destroy habitat for fishes, ducks and other organisms. Yet in China, Japan, Britain, and Eastern Europe, the carp is cultured for food, raised as expensive pets, revered as a symbol of perseverance and strength, sought after as game fish, and served as a prized delicacy on the most special of occasions.

At September's Café Scientifique, professor Andrew Simons will discuss the biology and aquaculture of carp and challenges for controlling its spread in the Great Lakes and Mississippi River, while also exploring the cultural importance and symbolism of carp in art and folklore across the globe. Simons is a professor in the University of Minnesota's Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology. He is also the Bell Museum's curator of fishes. He is interested in the evolution of carps, minnows, and blennies, as well as the effects of Pleistocene glaciations on distribution and population structure of North American freshwater fishes.




The Lion's Mane

Free with museum admission, West Gallery
Uncover the mystery and science behind the mane!

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

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

1 p.m.   Life in the Universe
2 p.m.  Zoom! From Earth to the Edge of the Universe
3 p.m.  Back to the Moon for Good

1 p.m.   Life in the Universe
2 p.m.  Zoom! From Earth to the Edge of the Universe
3 p.m.  Back to the Moon for Good

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.