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After Hours: Immersion

Wednesday | February 19, 2020 | 5:00 pm8:30 pm

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Activities free with gallery admission.

Enjoy an evening at the museum! Curate your night from a host of activities, including sketching in the galleries, art-making activities, and stargazing on the Ruth and John Huss Observation Deck (weather permitting). There will be no planetarium show this evening.

Hands-on activity

Explore the world of the invisible! Play with UV light as you contribute to our black light wall of art.

Sketching theme:

Get an up-close view and create new patterns when you sketch using a microscope.

Bird Diorama Tour

Dive deep into the dioramas with Keith Barker, bird researcher and curator of genetic resources. Learn more about birds, their amazing adaptations, marvelous migration and mating behavior, and the roles they play in Minnesota’s ecosystems. Tours begin at 6:15 and 7:15 pm.

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Special Guests

Explore immersive video and data visualization projects from the University of Minnesota’s Interactive Visualization Lab (IV/LAB). Dan Keefe, associate professor of computer science and engineering, and his students will guide visitors in using two exciting visualization tools that help scientists explore questions in new ways.

Artists and Scientists Work Together in Virtual Worlds

Sculpting Visualization brings art and design theory to scientific data visualization. Enter an artist-designed virtual reality environment to explore the Gulf of Mexico and the varieties of seaweed that grow there. Like the scientists that study this environment, you can find undesired nutrients that seaweed depend on and filter, and follow them as they move through the gulf. Artists’ tools make data expressive and engaging and allow scientists studying to see complex data in new ways!

Sail a Micronesian Outrigger Canoe in Virtual Chuuk Lagoon

Back to Indigenous Futures brings together partners from Lower and Upper Sioux communities and the migrant Micronesian community of Milan, Minnesota, to share and revitalize cultural traditions and technologies centering on water, celestial navigation, and more. In this virtual reality environment, you can have the multi-sensory experience of navigating in a Micronesian outrigger canoe, where master navigators use stars, wind, waves, and more to travel amazing distances.


Wednesday | February 19, 2020
5:00 pm–8:30 pm
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Bell Museum
2088 Larpenteur Avenue W
St Paul, 55113

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