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.

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Minnesota Skies: October 2020

Your local guide to observing celestial objects and events

October begins and ends with a full Moon.

The first rises the evening of October 1, only about three hours past the exact moment of fullness. Following it into the eastern sky is Mars, now too bright to be washed out by any lunar luster. Over to the south, brilliant Jupiter and dimmer Saturn are drawing nearer, en route to a close encounter in December.

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