Minnesota Journeys - Field Note Mural by Duncan Millar


Now on view and coming soon

Welcome to your world!

A distant star twinkling at night. Cranes dancing to attract mates. The face that greets you in the mirror each morning. All are part of one, extraordinary story. Join us on a wondrous journey through space and time in our permanent exhibit, Minnesota Journeys.

From the origin of life to the amazing diversity of nature. Around the universe and across Minnesota. Deep into Earth’s history and onward to our evolving future. Meet University of Minnesota scientists developing innovative solutions to some of Earth’s grand challenges.

The Touch & See Lab is the first hands-on natural history discovery room and it is still enchanting visitors after 50 years. All ages will enjoy this interactive, behind-the scenes look at natural history collections, live animals, scientific challenges, digital microscopes, and arts activities.

Tour the cosmos and beyond in the Whitney and Elizabeth MacMillan Planetarium—from original Bell productions to live presentations, special events, and more.

Special Exhibits

Coming Soon

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Wicked Plants

Delight in the interactive displays tucked into a warren of creepy rooms in a derelict Victorian manor. Dig into deadly nightshade and other villains, then continue into a room teeming with 10 of the world’s most nefarious invasive plants. This family-friendly exhibit showcases plants at the root of a myriad of conditions, including pain, addiction, obesity, allergies, cognitive impairment and even death!

September 21 – January 5