What do a rare coconut from the Seychelles and a 100-year-old wildflower from Minnesota have in common? This might sound like the setup to a bad botany joke, but there’s a serious connection between them. Found on only two islands in the world, the endangered double coconut is currently threatened by sea level rise and habitat loss. The wildflower, a rue anemone, is still abundant in Minnesota, but today it blooms an average of two weeks earlier than it did a century ago.
Welcome to the new Bell Museum
We are Minnesota’s official natural history museum and planetarium. Our brand new home on the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul campus features a digital planetarium, high-tech exhibits, our famous wildlife dioramas, outdoor learning experiences and more.
Explore the far reaches of the universe in the Whitney and Elizabeth MacMillan Planetarium, see a glimpse of the diversity of life on Earth and throughout Minnesota, travel back in time to meet a woolly mammoth, and learn about University of Minnesota researchers imagining a better future.
Plan your visit
Skynet Scholars: First Winter Session 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Advance registration is required. More information here. Skynet Scholars is a program for middle and high school students that puts them in…
January Story Time 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Calling all future scientists, techies, engineers, artists and mathematicians to story time. Families are invited to listen to fun and…
Solar Sunday 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Ruth and John Huss Observation Deck, Bell Museum Free with gallery admission Telescopes aren’t just for night observing. We’ll have…