The 12-day run of the Minnesota State Fair is a fantastic opportunity to get to know Minnesota’s one and only land-grant University. Hundreds of our U of M colleagues will be hosting events this year. Get the full scoop on how to get informed, entertained (and loaded up with freebies). See a complete lineup of U activities at the U of M State Fair website.
Find the Bell Museum across the fairgrounds during the run of the Fair:
Thursday, August 23
Dan Patch Park, 8-5pm
It’s STEM Day! Celebrate science with us in Dan Patch Park from 8-5pm. Our astronomy team will have the traveling ExploraDome planetarium out for free shows, hands on physics activities, and special guests from the Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics. Also, see if you can mimic patterns in nature with our hands on Spirograph activity.
Friday, August 24 – Sunday, August 26
U of M building, 9am-9pm
We’re bringing the museum to you! Reveal hidden gems and curiosities in our mini museum experience, grab some Bell swag and enter to win woolly cool museum prize packs.
DNR Stage, 11 am
Catch the Minnesota Nature show with Jennifer Menken, the museum’s resident naturalist and Touch & See Lab coordinator.
Tuesday, August 28 & Monday, August 26
Agriculture/Horticulture Building, 9am-9pm
At home with our home college, CFANS, we’ll continue to show off unique objects, fossils, and tools in our mini museums along with drawings and giveaways. Note: Our friends from the Entomology department will be on hand from 1-5pm on August 28.
Learn more about University of Minnesota at the State Fair by visiting the See U at the Fair website.
Coming TO the museum?
The State Fairgrounds are right in our backyard. With millions flocking to such a big attraction, we are telling visitors to plan for heavy traffic and limited parking. (Note: State Fair parking is not permitted in the museum lot.)
Also, planetarium tickets will only be sold on site during the run of the Fair.