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.
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:
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!