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.
Bugs: Outside the Box
Opening June 11, Bugs: Outside the Box presents a selection of greatly enlarged insect sculptures, each showcasing the beauty hidden within the (mini)beasts of the natural world. Intricate details not visible to the naked eye are showcased alongside educational topics, including an exciting look at museum collections and taxonomy, and an exploration of the power of magnification. Read more about this exhibit.
Mysteries of Your Brain +
Installations from Josh Winkler
X-Ray Vision: Fish Inside Out
Opening October 15, the Bell Museum presents X-Ray Vision: Fish Inside Out, an exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution. View dramatic prints of radiographs that expose the interior structures of fish in a level of detail reminiscent of fine engraving. Read more about this exhibit.
Opening October 15, Cleared combines scientific staining techniques and the artistry of photography to depict dyed fish specimens in vibrant colors. Read more about this exhibit.
Fifty Nights under the Stars
Finding Minnesota’s Dark Skies
Experience Minnesota’s treasured nightscapes in this temporary exhibition. Bell Museum resident artist Mike Shaw presents stunning night sky images captured in travels across the state to find Minnesota’s dark skies. See the glittering Milky Way arching over Split Rock Lighthouse, the Aurora Borealis dancing along the Gunflint Trail, rare Comet NEOWISE passing above wetlands near the Twin Cities, and more. Read more about this exhibit.
Climates of Inequality
Understanding Environmental Justice in the Twin Cities and Beyond
The Bell Museum presents Climates of Inequality: Stories of Environmental Justice, from the Humanities Action Lab. This exhibit focuses on storytelling and the experience of communities that bear the greatest impact from environmental degradation while contributing the least to it. Join us as we learn about environmental justice around the world and here in Minnesota, and discover ways to get involved. To learn more, explore our virtual programs and digital content, including panel discussions and activist profiles. This exhibition is now closed, but you can read more about it here.