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Reduced Price Admission

To access waived admission programs (Explore admissions, waived admission for Indigenous peoples, and other discounts, passes or offers, please call in advance at 612-626-9660.

Phones are staffed between 10 am–3 pm Wednesday–Sunday.

Explore passes

Qualifying guests receive free museum gallery admission passes and discounted planetarium show tickets ($4 for adults/seniors; $3 for youth).

You must be at least 18 and enrolled in one or more of the following: TANF, MFIP, SNAP, General Assistance, Medical Assistance, MinnesotaCare, WIC, Supplemental Security Income, Social Security Disability Benefits, Food Stamps, Section 8, or Free/Reduced Price School Meals. Present any appropriate documents related to the above programs at the lobby desk.

Curiosity memberships

We welcome qualifying families to become museum members! Curiosity Memberships are available for purchase at our front desk for $15, and offer a year of free gallery admission and $2 planetarium tickets. Contact us at 612-626-9660 for more information or visit the Curiosity Membership page for details.

You must be at least 18 and enrolled in one or more of the following: TANF, MFIP, SNAP, General Assistance, Medical Assistance, MinnesotaCare, WIC, Supplemental Security Income, Social Security Disability Benefits, Food Stamps, Section 8, or Free/Reduced Price School Meals. Present any appropriate documents related to the above programs at the lobby desk.

Free admission for PCAs

Admission fees are not charged for on duty personal care assistants who accompany their clients to the museum.

Blue Star Museum

We are proud to be a Blue Star Museum, offering year-round free gallery admission for active-duty military personnel and up to five family members. Note: Planetarium show tickets are sold separately and not part of this discount.

This program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card.

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Waived admission for Indigenous peoples

The Bell Museum sits on the traditional and treaty land of the Dakota people who, along with the Ojibwe people, are the Indigenous peoples of the land now called Minnesota. In recognition of this fact, and to honor the Dakota people for their care of and knowledge of this land, we waive general museum admission for Dakota and all Indigenous peoples. Read more here.