Boy holding model brain

Brains at the Bell

Special Content

We premiered our new show, Mysteries of Your Brain, on October 15! The Touch & See Lab has a special brain display surrounding the show, and the Bell hosted live virtual talks with UMN brain researchers. Details below!

Mysteries of Your Brain

The Bell Museum created this groundbreaking program with help from science and content advisors at the University of Minnesota including Cheryl Olman, professor of psychology, and Janet Dubinsky, professor of neuroscience; as well as Patrice Greger, educator with Minneapolis Public Schools; and neurobiologists Daniel Fergus and Lyric Jorgenson. Kim Todd, associate professor in English and Creative Writing, wrote the script.

“The exciting, new thing we’re doing here is using immersive media to explore ‘inner’ rather than outer space—in this case, to help us understand arguably the most important organ in our body: our brain! Focusing on the brain made great sense to us given the University of Minnesota is a powerhouse in brain science. We were thrilled to work with UMN researchers to guide and advise the show content. And we hope audiences will find that we were able to make the film a uniquely Bell production—in the show, we explore other amazing brains of nature beyond our human brains,” says Holly Menninger, Bell Museum director of public engagement and science learning.

This show brings audiences inside the brain to watch the process of learning and see how synapses work in an engaging, colorful way. Young learners can see how brains work—from INSIDE a brain!

  • Amazing Animal Brains
    In the Touch & See Lab

    In addition to the planetarium program, enjoy ongoing activities in the Touch & See Lab. See how animals’ brains, skulls, and skills match up, and learn about how brains make each species different from the next. Explore similarities and differences in brain anatomy and examine real and cast skulls, as well as 3D prints of brain scans from the Olman Lab’s Brain Zoo project.

    Touch & See Lab activities are made possible with generous support from:

    Boston Scientific: Advancing science for life


  • Mysteries of Your Brain
    New Planetarium Show

    Recommended for ages 8+
    Mysteries of Your Brain takes you on an immersive, animated adventure into the human brain. Your tour guides on this journey are a curious girl and her crow companion—together you’ll learn how your brain makes you you and that, ultimately, we each have the power to change our brains.

    With generous support from:
    Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation
    Boston Scientific: Advancing science for life

  • Check out the programs

    With UMN Researchers

    From October 12–16, we hosted daily for live conversations with researchers from the University of Minnesota who will showcase their exciting work in brain science. Experience a brain scan in real time. Explore what the brain does, how it grows, and how it can trick you. Learn about the consequences of brain injury and drug addiction. Get in touch with your emotions, from a scientific perspective—and so much more!