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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.


Café Scientifique

The Lives and Times of Ice Age Mammoths and Mastodons

Tuesday, November 18, doors 6 p.m., program at 7 p.m.
at Bryant Lake Bowl, tickets $5-$12, available online or at the door

Mammoths and mastodons are among the most well-known species of the North American and Eurasian megafauna. In the early 19th century, comparisons of their bones to those of the African and Asian elephants by Georges Cuvier established the concept of species extinction.

During the November Café, guest David Fox will describe how contemporary paleontologists study the anatomy, ecology, and behavior of these emblematic fossil elephants. Fox’s research focuses on the roles of climate and habitat change on the evolution of ecosystems over geological timescales. His projects use the stable isotope geochemistry of sedimentary rocks, fossils, and modern animals, and the morphology of teeth to reconstruct aspects of the diet of extinct mammals, as well as aspects of their environment. 



Math and Science Family Fun Fair

hosted by the College of Science and Engineering

Saturday, November 22, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
at Coffman Memorial Union

This always-popular day of fun includes fascinating activities, hands-on exhibits and entertaining presentations showcasing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The Bell Museum team will be there with the ExploraDome offering free planetarium programs as well as a table with items from the museum's collections, including pelts, skulls, live invertebrates and more! (read more)

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Gallery Conversation

Eyes on the Universe with Melanie Galloway

Thursday, December 4, 5:30 p.m.,
free with museum admission

Come and tour the Eyes on the Universe Exhibit with our special guest Melanie Galloway, a graduate student in the physics department at the University of Minnesota. Melanie's research focuses on the relationship between black holes and the characteristics of their host galaxy. This research is possible because thousands of citizen scientists help collect data through Zooniverse. With Melanie's help, you will see how you can help classify galaxies.


Sketch Night


Thursday, December 4, 6:30 p.m.,
free with museum admission

At December's sketch night we put the spotlight on forests. Travel through the forest and explore endless amounts of wildlife. 

Sketch Night, (now in its 5th 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 Sketch Night sponsor, Wet Paint!

ExploraDome Theater Shows at BIG Thursday

Thursday, December 4, 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 December, 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, galaxy, and universe; the vast distance separating celestial objects; and how these objects change over time.

Taxidermy Art: A Rogue's Guide - discussion and book signing

with Robert Marbury

Friday, December 12, 7:30 p.m., 
tickets $25-$35

Join author Robert Marbury to discuss his new book Taxidermy Art: A Rogue's Guide and the three big questions people have about taxidermy art: What is it all about? Can I see some examples? and, How can I make my own? In a light-hearted talk show like setting, Robert and other members of the Minnesota Association of Rogue Taxidermists will discuss and answer questions about the art of working with dead things.

Saturday with a Scientist

Eyes in the Sky

Saturday, December 13, 11 a.m., 7 p.m.
free with museum admission

At December's Saturday with a Scientist, come investigate the tools and methods scientists use to study faraway places. Professor Evan Skillman from the University of Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics will guide us as we explore places that we cannot touch, taste or smell, but we can "see" in unique ways.  Explore visible light, see into another galaxy, and learn about our eyes in the sky. 


Café Scientifique

Fabricating Nature - Bringing Prehistory to Life

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

Tim Quady, owner of Blue Rhino Studio in Eagan, will present the process of designing and fabricating museum exhibits, including huge, long-extinct creatures such as mammoths and short-faced bears. Taken together, the November and December Cafes are a two-part miniseries on visioning / recreating the Pleistocene era through science and art.  Blue Rhino Studio specializes in interpretive design and artistic fabrication for museum, visitor center and zoological environments.  Working in a wide range of styles to create diverse exhibits that include sculpture, mural, carpentry and metal work, Blue Rhino Studio has become a leader for artistic quality in the industry.





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.