Visitors seeing the Bell's mammoth


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

Fifty Nights under the Stars

Jupiter shines in a starry sky

Finding Minnesota’s Dark Skies

Beginning Wednesday, November 25, 2020, 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.

Mysteries of Your Brain +

Illustration of brain synapses

We premiered our new show, Mysteries of Your Brain, on October 15!  The Touch & See Lab has a special brain display surrounding the show, and we hosted live virtual talks with UMN brain researchers to kick things off.

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Audubon Animated

Image of birds from the Audubon Experience exhibit

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.

Ending January 10, 2021