Bell Museum in the summer, blue sky

Welcome to the Bell Museum

We have reopened! Advance reservations are required, and entry is timed.

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

A Museum Without Boundaries

Today more than ever before the Bell is a museum without boundaries, sharing virtual experiences, activities, and ways to dive deeper into the world around you, whether you’re exploring online, from your window, out in nature, or looking up at the stars. Click here to support the Bell.

July Blue Moon, Travis Novitsky, 2015

Minnesota Skies: August 2020

Your local guide to observing celestial objects and events

Traditionally, Indigenous people keenly observed celestial objects, especially the Moon, and kept track of the passing of time. Each full Moon marked the passing of one month and reflected the “moon time” of women (menstruation). Seasonal activities that were culturally significant each month became the name of each month. Some years had 13 moons. Like a drum beat or a heartbeat, the rhythm of the sky was unfolding in the seasons and in the phases of the Moon.

Read more on our blog

We’re always adding new content. Read even more about astronomy, collections, natural history, and Bell news!