Visitors looking at the wolf diorama

Summer Youth Groups

August 2020 update: In order to be able to welcome and provide safe space for all visitors inside the Bell, we are unable to accommodate groups at this time. Single family groups of 10 or fewer may visit the museum, but based on overall attendance, may be asked to break up into smaller groups.
 
When the MN Dept of Health raises the 10 person limit on groups, we will gladly welcome groups back to visit the Bell. Until then, please enjoy our outdoor Learning Landscape, or ask about bringing our live virtual programming to you. Our traveling planetarium, the ExploraDome, is traveling from the Bell Museum directly to your classroom or meeting space. 
 
If you have any questions, or would like to learn more about our virtual visits, please feel free to contact our Group Sales team at BellGroups@umn.edu.

We’d love to host your group at the Bell to our state-of-the-art planetarium, world renowned wildlife dioramas and exhibitions. We also offer our traveling planetarium dome and can bring the universe to YOU.

 

Group Experiences

The following Youth/Pre-K–12 group experience options can be arranged individually or in combination.

To inquire about summer booking on-site at the Bell, please complete the form here and we will be in touch.

Minnesota Journeys Galleries

Take your students on a journey through space and time in our Minnesota Journeys gallery. Groups will have free exploration of the museum gallery spaces, including the Touch & See Lab and Solutions Studio. Dive into space exploration and the diversity of life, learning about topics like survival, family, and current University of Minnesota research. Enhance your visit by interacting with one of our Interpretive Guides who use specimens from our collections to teach about exciting areas of scientific study. Scavenger hunts to help structure your group’s visit in the gallery spaces will also be available.

Visit length: 70 minutes
Schedule: Tuesday–Friday at 10:10–11:20 am and Tuesday–Friday at 1:10–2:20 pm.
Cost: $6 per child, with one free chaperone for every 7 students (additional chaperones pay the student rate)
Group limit: 105 children

Planetarium Shows

Groups are welcome to reserve seats for a show in the Whitney and Elizabeth MacMillan Planetarium. The planetarium has theater-style seating for up to 120 people.

The summer show schedule runs June 15–September 4, Tuesdays through Fridays:

10:30–11:05, Under the Stars (ages 4–8) available Wednesday and Friday only
11:30–12:15, Out of This World! (all ages)
2:30–3:15, Out of this World! (all ages)

Cost: $6 per child, one free chaperone for every 7 students (additional chaperones pay the student rate)
Group limit: 105 children

Museum & Planetarium Options (most popular selection)

Groups interested in the exhibit galleries & a planetarium show may choose from either a morning or afternoon visit.

AM Combo
10:10–11:20, Minnesota Journeys exhibit galleries
11:30–12:15, Out of this World! Planetarium Show

PM Combo:
1:10–2:20, Minnesota Journeys exhibit galleries
2:30–3:15, Out of This World! Planetarium show

Cost: $9 per child, one free chaperone for every 7 students (additional chaperones pay the student rate)
Group limit 105 children

 

Traveling Planetarium

Let the Bell’s ExploraDome theater bring the cosmos to you.

Our portable planetarium dome travels around the entire state of MN, with a variety of program offerings for all ages. Rates vary depending on the distance traveled and the time booked.

Policies and FAQ

Accessibility
We are committed to access for all audiences. If you have any special accommodations needed, please contact us at bellgroups@umn.edu or 612-624-4957.

Lunches
The Bell Museum cannot accommodate any on-site lunches during the summer months. Groups will need to eat at their site or plan to visit one of the nearby parks for lunch. Ask our staff for park recommendations.

Final Headcount
Please be advised that due to staffing and a fixed number of seats in the planetarium, groups will need to have a confirmed headcount three weeks before their visit date. We cannot accommodate groups that show up with more children than registered.

Booking & Payment
Visits must be booked at least three weeks in advance. The minimum size for discounted group rates is 15 people. Reservations must be paid prior to arrival to the museum. Payment should be in the form of a single check or credit card payment. We do not accept purchasing orders.

Cancellations
There is a one-time option to reschedule, dependent on availability. Groups that cancel visits less than three weeks before their visit will be billed at the following rates: 50 percent of the total cost for less than two–three weeks’ notice; 100 percent of the total cost for less than one week’s notice.

Special Group Entrance
Buses are welcome to use the dedicated Schultz Education Entrance located on the east side of the building on Cleveland Avenue. The Roger E. Anderson Education Wing is just inside the doors, where your students will start their experience after a brief orientation from our staff.