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 the CDC on masking and the advice of our University public health experts. Effective August 3, the University of Minnesota requires that masks be worn inside all buildings on campus, including the Bell Museum. Visitors 2 years and older, whether vaccinated or not, must wear a well-fitting mask over their mouth and nose and while inside the museum building. Bandanas, gaiters, vented masks and single layer face coverings are not permitted.

If you need a mask, please ask at the Lobby Desk.

Regulations are subject to change based on the latest advice from the Minnesota Department of Health.

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.