Important update: In compliance with the state of Minnesota’s COVID-19 restrictions and to protect visitor and staff health and wellbeing, the Bell Museum is temporarily closed.

Minnesota’s official natural history museum and planetarium is now located on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus in Saint Paul. Take amazing journeys from the far reaches of the cosmos to deep inside the human brain in the Whitney and Elizabeth MacMillan Planetarium. Explore the origins of the universe, the diversity of life on earth, and take a walk through the state of Minnesota, featuring our world famous wildlife dioramas.

Engage all your senses in our Touch & See Lab with 10,000-year-old fossils, living plants and animals, and more. Wander outside on our green roof and observation deck, and explore the learning landscape of native plants, geology gardens, and solar station. 

  • 🎁 Gift Membership
    Unwrap Wonder

    Gift memberships bring the astounding natural resources of Minnesota and the cosmos to your fingertips! Members enjoy a year of access to free unlimited access to the museum galleries, discounted planetarium tickets, digital membership cards, exclusive member programs, and more.

  • Museum Without Boundaries
    Support the Bell

    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.

Statewide Star Party Recap

When you look up at the night sky, do you ever wonder how different it would look under really dark skies? Enjoy virtual content from our second annual statewide star party!

snowflakeHeart & Solstice

Our solstice program is over, but you can still try these fun winter activities!

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