Mammoth Diorama


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.

On View

Seeing Birds

Bird in flight with text: Seeing Birds. 150 years.

Our new exhibition Seeing Birds, on view January 28, bridges past and current research at the University of Minnesota to see how advances in our understanding of birds are made through careful observation, artistic exploration, and scientific endeavor. Thank you to our 150th anniversary presenting sponsors General Mills and supporting sponsors Minnesota Farm Bureau and Minnesota Turkey Producers Association and Seeing Birds Special Exhibition sponsors Dellwood Foundation, and Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union. Find out more! 

Coming Soon

Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend

A narwhal under ice with a logo that says, "Narwal: Revealing an Arctic Legend"

On view from October 22, 2022 to January 8, 2023

The narwhal, with its unique spiral tusk, has inspired legend in Inuit society and fascinated people across cultures for centuries. Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend, developed by the National Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, dives deep into the narwhal’s Arctic world to explore what makes this mysterious animal and its changing ecosystem so important. More info coming soon!