A galaxy appears on dome screen inside the planetarium theater.

Planetarium Shows for School Groups

Visit the Whitney and Elizabeth MacMillan Planetarium

Our state-of-the-art planetarium takes you on amazing immersive journeys from the far reaches of the cosmos through data from all scientific disciplines.

Under the Stars (PreK-Kindergarten)

Come on a journey as we tell  a story about objects in our sky. Young learners use their bodies and voices as they learn to make observations about the sky, Sun, Moon, and stars. They’ll even become astronauts and fly to the Moon.

Interactive Live Program
0.1.1.2.1     0.3.2.2.2

The Zula Patrol: Under the Weather (Grades K-2)

The heroes of the intergalactic Zula Patrol are on an expedition collecting samples of weather for scientist Multo’s research. Along the way they learn about weather on Earth and on other planets. This program is a combination of live and pre-recorded content to explore what weather is and some of the many forms it can take.

Film
0.3.2.2.2   2.2.1.2.1   2.3.2.2


Minnesota in the Cosmos (Grades 3-12)

The story explores the formation of the universe from a uniquely Minnesota perspective, investigating the deep cosmic and geological history of the land beneath our feet as seen through the eyes of a boy on a field trip to Interstate State Park in Taylors Falls, Minnesota.

Bell Museum Production – Film
5.3.1.1.2    7.4.3.2.4    8.3.1.2.2


Out of this World! (Grades 1-5)

Hop into the Bell Museum’s spaceship and tour the planets of our solar system. Investigate the phases of the Moon, be the first humans to land on Mars, and fly through the rings of Saturn. Discover your favorite planet, or moon, while learning what makes a planet a planet in the first place (sorry Pluto).

Interactive Live Program
2.2.2.1.1     2.2.2.1.2     3.3.3.1.2    3.3.3.2.1     3.3.3.2.2

Space Exploration: Missions to Other Worlds (Grades 6-8)

Scientists are continuing to learn about the worlds in our solar system and discovering even more beyond. Through the use of specially engineered spacecraft, we are deciphering the structures of these other worlds. This program explores unique ways in which spacecraft have been engineered to withstand the harsh environments of space in order to perform their scientific missions. The goal is to figure out what, or who, may be out there.

Interactive Live Program
8.1.3.3.2    8.3.3.1.1      8.3.3.1.3     8.3.3.1.4

Natural Selection (Grades 6-12)

Join the young Charles Darwin on an adventurous voyage of exploration circumnavigating the world with the HMS Beagle. In the 19th century in Victorian times many physical phenomena were already discovered and described by natural laws, but life’s most eloquent mechanism was still unknown: How could new species arise to replace those lost in extinction? It was time for someone to come forth with a Naturalist explanation of this mystery of mysteries.

Film
7.4.3.1.1    7.4.3.2.3     9.4.3.1.1     9.4.3.3.1     9.4.3.3.5     9.4.3.3.6

Phantom of the Universe: The Hunt for Dark Matter (Grades 6-12)

Take a journey of discovery to unlock the mystery of Dark Matter. The show reveals the first hints of its existence through the eyes of Fritz Zwicky, the scientist who coined the term “dark matter,” and Vera Rubin’s observational evidence studying the Andromeda galaxy. From the Big Bang and the role of dark matter in the formation of galaxies, to its anticipated discovery at the Large Hadron Collider, explore one of the mysteries of the universe as the hunt for this mysterious particle unfolds.

Film
8.1.3.3.2     9.1.1.1.6    9.1.1.1.7     9.3.3.3.1     9P.2.2.1.3

Request a visit

Complete the form below to start the booking process. We will contact you to discuss your reservation request, confirm a date and time for your visit and answer any questions.

Group Requests
Note: At least 3 weeks advance notice required.
Note: At least 3 weeks advance notice required.