Kids holding face mask up to woolly mammoth

Notes About Reopening

Mask Policy Update

The Bell Museum, as part of the University of Minnesota, follows the guidance of Governor Walz, and state and federal public health officials. Effective May 14, if you are fully vaccinated, no masks are required in the Bell Museum or its outdoor areas. The definition of fully vaccinated is two weeks following the second Pfizer or Moderna dose or two weeks after the single Johnson and Johnson dose.

If you voluntarily wish to wear a mask, you are absolutely able to do so. 

If you are not fully vaccinated, the Governor’s Order acknowledges the associated risk of getting and spreading COVID-19, and the University and Bell Museum expects you to wear a mask indoors.

We welcome healthy visitors!

Please check the health of all members of your group before leaving for the museum and do not come if anyone is feeling ill. A full refund will be given if you need to cancel for health reasons.

Limiting visitors and physical distancing

We will require advance reservations of tickets for timed entry to the museum. Attendance will be limited to 25 percent of our building’s capacity (no more than 250 people in the entire building at any single time to encourage physical distancing). Visitors who cannot maintain physical distance or who endanger the health and safety others will be asked to leave. Please share this with all members of your group.

Eating and drinking

Food is not available on site, and is not allowed in any area inside the museum. There is no space available where masks may be removed in order to consume food, unless there is a medical emergency. Limited outdoor space is available when weather is accommodating. The Bell is located close to the commercial areas of Falcon Heights and Roseville.

Enhanced cleaning

We have enhanced cleaning throughout the exhibit spaces and Touch & See Lab for a safe visit. Certain difficult to clean or highly trafficked exhibits are off view. Spaces such as the Touch & See Lab will have additional capacity limitations as well as modifications to promote physical distancing and advanced cleaning.

Curiosity Shop

The Curiosity Shop is open for shopping for a selection of curated gifts and souvenirs, the shop is limited to three groups at a time to allow for physically distancing. Credit and debit card preferred.

Minor exhibit modifications

We’ve made minor adjustments to a few hands-on exhibits and taken a few others off view temporarily for added safety.

Contact tracing, if ever required

Your contact information may be given to the Minnesota Department of Health contact tracers if it is requested. No personal, payment, or health information will be shared and state contact tracers will not share your name with any contacts you provide to them.