Tundra swans at the Minnesota River Valley diorama

Welcome to the Bell Museum

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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.

Jupiter and Io

Minnesota Skies: April 2020

Your local guide to observing celestial objects and events

April opens with spectacular views of planets in both the morning and evening skies. Early risers who look to the southeast will see Jupiter, brilliant in the predawn darkness. Off to the east of Jupiter, red Mars hangs right below golden Saturn.