Family looking at Lynx diorama

Welcome to the new Bell Museum

We are Minnesota’s official natural history museum and planetarium. Our brand new home on the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul campus features a digital planetarium, high-tech exhibits, our famous wildlife dioramas, outdoor learning experiences and more.

Explore the far reaches of the universe in the Whitney and Elizabeth MacMillan Planetarium, see a glimpse of the diversity of life on Earth and throughout Minnesota, travel back in time to meet a woolly mammoth, and learn about University of Minnesota researchers imagining a better future.

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Total lunar eclipse sequence

Minnesota Skies: January 2019

Your local guide to observing celestial objects and events

Cosmic treats to ring in the new year: Venus, Jupiter, and Mars will be visible all month & a Super Moon total lunar eclipse on January 20… This and more in the latest astro-news!