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October 14 - October 20
Sun viewed through a telescope

Solar Sunday

Sunday 10/20/2019
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Bell Museum, 2088 Larpenteur Avenue W
St Paul, 55113

Telescopes aren’t just for night observing. We’ll have a variety of our solar telescopes out on our observation deck for safe solar viewing as well as some hands-on interactive activities to better understand our nearest star, the Sun.

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October 21 - October 27
A forest with clouds in the treetops

Wellbeing Series

Tuesday 10/22/2019
6:30 pm - 8:45 pm
Bell Museum, 2088 Larpenteur Avenue W
St Paul, 55113
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In partnership with the Earl E Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing, the Wellbeing Series featuring Richard Piacentini will be hosted at the Bell Museum. Piacentini has led the green transformation of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and will be discussing the sustainable efforts initiated at the Phipps, which are based on recognizing the vital connections between people, plants, health and the planet. This regenerative-based way of thinking influences the organization’s actions and programs, particularly those focused on awakening children…

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Ghostly Garden

The Ghostly Garden

Friday 10/25/2019
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Bell Museum, 2088 Larpenteur Avenue W
St Paul, 55113
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Creep through the darkened galleries of the museum from 6:30–9:30 p.m. and find family-friendly surprises lurking behind every corner, from crafting botanical atrocities with repurposed fake plants and exploring the Dome of Doom in the Whitney and Elizabeth MacMillan Planetarium to visiting with carnivorous plants in Collections Cove.

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A slice of the cover art from Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor

October Story Time

Sunday 10/27/2019
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Bell Museum, 2088 Larpenteur Avenue W
St Paul, 55113

Calling all future scientists, techies, engineers, artists and mathematicians to Story Time. Families are invited to listen to fun and engaging stories that call out adventures and mishaps of kid scientists and engineers, and explore our universe from the far reaches of the galaxy down to tiny microbes here on Earth. Join us after the story for engaging STEAM hands-on activities.

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October 28 - November 03
A baby and his father look at the woolly mammoth

Member Mammoth Morning

Saturday 11/02/2019
8:00 am - 10:00 am
Bell Museum 2088 Larpenteur Avenue W
St Paul, 55113

Members—enjoy a cozy morning at the Bell! Have your family photo or selfie taken with our woolly mammoth in front of a winter-themed backdrop. Just in time for holiday cards or calendars for you and your family and friends. Explore the museum galleries while sipping hot cocoa and having treats, and enjoy family-friendly activities to bring home, including making your own mini mammoth diorama!

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November 04 - November 10

Explore as One with NASA’s Robert Cabana

Wednesday 11/06/2019
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bell Museum, 2088 Larpenteur Avenue W
St Paul, 55113

SOLD OUT - Join the Bell Museum and the University Honors Program for an evening with Robert D. Cabana, former NASA astronaut and current director of NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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Family stargazing outside with a telescope

November Star Party: Moon & Beyond

Friday 11/08/2019
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Bell Museum, 2088 Larpenteur Avenue W
St Paul, 55113

Explore Minnesota skies with the Bell Museum at free outdoor telescope observing nights.

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Image of MRI brain scans, black and white film

Spotlight Science: Neuroscience

Saturday 11/09/2019
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Bell Museum, 2088 Larpenteur Avenue W
St Paul, 55113

Come meet University of Minnesota researchers who study the brain's amazing ability to keep your whole body running and functioning. Hear from a variety of scientists who study invasive and noninvasive ways to help people who have experienced different ailments of the brain.

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November 11 - November 17
Mercury transits the Sun

Transit of Mercury

Monday 11/11/2019
7:00 am - 12:00 pm
Bell Museum, 2088 Larpenteur Avenue W
St Paul, 55113

Come view a rare planetary transit of Mercury as it crosses between the Sun and the Earth!

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Bacteria colonies on petri dish, isolated on white

Petri Dish: Putting a Price on Biodiversity Loss

Wednesday 11/13/2019
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Urban Growler Brewing Co., 2325 Endicott Street
Saint Paul, MN 55114 United States
$6

Drones, satellites, and other new technology allow measurement of biodiversity as never before, at a time when climate change, habitat destruction, and over-harvesting are causing unprecedented rates of biodiversity loss. Can better measurement of biodiversity along with better science linking biodiversity conservation to our own quality of life be used to slow or halt the rate of loss of biodiversity? We’ll explore the new opportunities that advances in science generate and the political and economic challenges to halting biodiversity loss.…

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