Bell Museum in the summer, blue sky

Welcome to the Bell Museum

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

Plan your visit

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.

Support the Bell

  • Brains at the Bell
    New Planetarium Show & More

    We premiered our new show, Mysteries of Your Brain, on October 15! The Touch & See Lab has a special brain display surrounding the show, and the Bell hosted live virtual talks with UMN brain researchers.

    Touch & See Lab activities are made possible with generous support from:

    Boston Scientific: Advancing science for life

  • Spooky Science
    Halloween with the Bell

    We’ve got it all! In-museum demos include owl pellet exploration and flesh eating beetle meet-and-greets! Also check out a new installation in the Touch & See wall with a skull and skeleton focus, and also featuring some especially weird and wonderful specimens from our collection. Don’t miss our virtual programming on Facebook Live throughout the time leading up to Halloween, too!

Read more on our blog

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