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.
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. Read more about this exhibit.
Fifty Nights under the Stars
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.
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
Flora & Pharma: Medicinal Plants and Pandemic Attire
Resident Artist Research Project showcase artist Becka Rahn collaborated with Herbarium Collections Manager Timothy Whitfeld, for an arts showcase project drawing on the collection of the University of Minnesota Herbarium at the Bell Museum. Rahn’s project is on view now in the Education Wing until May 30. Find out more here!
Em Wilson (Makandwewininiwag Anishinaabeg) is one of the Bell’s Resident Artist Research Project showcase artists and created the audio-visual artwork titled iskigamizige mnemonic. This video communicates the artist’s relationship with maple sugar making, one of the primary seasonal practices of Anishinaabeg. iskigamizige mnemonic is on view now in the Horizon Hall until June 6!