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

Now on View

Wicked Plants logo

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

Lantern sculpture of the bat species

Illuminating Forms: Shedding Light on Endangered Species

Bell Museum resident artist Anna Cerelia Battistini presents large, internally lit lanterns made of willow, rattan, and paper throughout the Minnesota Journeys galleries. Her series of six large paper lanterns explores endangered, threatened, and special concern species in Minnesota.

October 16 – November 3

Coming soon

Image of birds from the Audubon Experience exhibit

Audubon Animated

See Audubon’s Birds of America come to life in this multimedia exhibition! Walk into the immersive video room “The Audubon Experience” and find yourself surrounded by a virtual swamp and forest where 20 of Audubon’s birds are brought to life through motion and sound. The exhibition will also include selections from the Bell’s rare double elephant folio of Birds of America, one of fewer than 120 in the world. Learn about Audubon’s life and travels, and flex your creative and observational muscles in a “Draw like Audubon” hands-on experience.

January 25–May 31, 2020