Kids run from school bus into Bell Museum

K–12 Groups & Field Trips

Explore, discover, and connect with the University of Minnesota

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.

Now located on the University’s St. Paul campus, the new Bell Museum brings together science, art, and the environment with a unique Minnesota perspective. We offer school groups a world-class experience working with you to achieve your educational goals. Our new building was designed with school groups in mind: the dedicated Schulze Education Entrance, four classroom/lab spaces, our state-of-the-art planetarium, and world-renowned wildlife dioramas facilitate a seamless and rich visit every time.

Download our educator brochure for a concise overview of our educator programs, plus offerings by grade.

Pricing

Create your own visit! Choose one, two, or three experiences from the following: exhibit galleries, science labs, and planetarium shows. The first experience is $6 per student and each additional experience is just $3 per student. Pricing includes one free adult for every seven students; additional adults are charged the student rate.

One experience: $6 per student

Two experiences: $9 per student

Three experiences: $12 per student

Field Trip Experiences

Scholarships

All scholarship and bus funding for the 2019-20 school year has been allocated.

Booking & Visit Details

School trips must be booked at least three weeks in advance. The minimum size for discounted educational 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 over the phone.

Accessibility: The Bell Museum strives to make its facility accessible to all. We are able to work with individual groups to provide appropriate accommodations for their specific needs to facilitate a lasting and meaningful experience for everyone. Please let us know of your needs when booking your experience. We are happy to arrange captioning, ASL interpretation, or other accommodations with a two-week notice. For additional information, please ask during booking.

Lunch Options: Limited space is available for groups at no additional cost. Lunch spaces must be reserved at time of booking.

Inclement weather: In the case of school closures, we will work with groups to reschedule their visit for a later date. Please contact us as soon as possible once you know your school will be closed.

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% of the total cost for less than 2–3 weeks notice; 100% of the total cost for less than one weeks notice.

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