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.

Eating and drinking

Food is not available on site, and is not allowed in any of the exhibits inside the museum. 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. Spaces such as the Touch & See Lab will have 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 physical distancing. Credit and debit card are preferred.