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After Hours: Geology

Wednesday | January 15, 2020 | 5:00 pm8:30 pm

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Activities free with gallery admission. Planetarium ticket fees apply.

Enjoy an evening at the museum! Curate your night from a host of activities, including sketching in the galleries, art-making activities, a show in the Whitney and Elizabeth MacMillan Planetarium, and stargazing on the Ruth and John Huss Observation Deck (weather permitting).

Sketching theme: Draw from a selection of sparkling minerals and cut gemstones.

Hands-on activity: Pour plaster to create a “fossil.”

Special Guests

Come and chat with members of the Minnesota Mineral Club to learn about the club and how you can join in on geology adventures. Club members will bring in personal collections including agates of the world, rocks and minerals of Minnesota, and fossils from Morocco.

Big Rock Exploration will be on hand to answer questions. Where do the metals in our electronics come from? Where do we get sand and gravel to build roads? Find out where mineral resources like gold, fertilizers, sand, gemstones, and more come from with hands-on activities.


6 & 7 pm: Minnesota in the Cosmos

Minnesota in the Cosmos is a Bell Museum original production. The story explores the formation of the universe from a uniquely Minnesota perspective, investigating the deep cosmic and geological history of the land beneath our feet as seen through the eyes of a boy on a field trip to Interstate State Park in Taylors Falls, Minnesota.

This show will include a live program in which our presenters take you on a tour of what you can see in the night sky from here in Minnesota.

Recommended for all ages. Program length approximately 40 minutes.

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Advance tickets for planetarium shows are available up to three weeks ahead of time via the link above. If you are a current Bell member, please log in first, to receive your discounted tickets.


Wednesday | January 15, 2020
5:00 pm–8:30 pm
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Bell Museum
2088 Larpenteur Avenue W
St Paul, 55113

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