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After Hours: Plants

Wednesday | September 25, 2019 | 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: Plants, draw from a selection of flowers, plants and seeds and collection sheets from University of Minnesota Herbarium.

Pitcher plant specimen

Craft activity: Create beautiful, permanent flowers with crepe paper. These blooms will last through the winter!

Diorama Tours

Tours begin in Horizon Hall at 6:15 and 7:15 pm.

Dive deep into the dioramas with Tim Whitfeld, herbarium collections manager. Learn about how our native plants defend themselves against predators, amazing adaptations, and Minnesota’s biodiversity—and threats to it. 

Artist Workshop

In the Nucleus from 5–8:30 pm.

Join Bell resident artist Anna Cerelia Battistini for an arts workshop focusing on plants, seeds, and fruits. Make a small paper ornament that you can add to a larger group sculpture or take home to enjoy!

Anna is a sculpture and fiber artist from St. Paul who specializes in large lanterns created in the tradition of British lantern festivals. Anna will have work in progress on display during tonight’s workshop. Come back in October to see the results of her residency, a series of large paper lanterns exploring extinct and threatened species in Minnesota.


6 pm: Seeing! A photon’s journey across space, time and mind
7 pm: A Planet for Goldilocks

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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 | September 25, 2019
5:00 pm–8:30 pm
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Bell Museum
2088 Larpenteur Avenue W
St Paul, 55113

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