Audience in the planetarium wearing masks

Planetarium Showtimes

Tour the cosmos and beyond in the Whitney and Elizabeth MacMillan Planetarium

We are pleased to welcome you back to the Whitney and Elizabeth MacMillan Planetarium with a 25% seating capacity limit. For your and staff safety shows are limited to 30 minutes, theater is cleaned between showings, and masks are strictly enforced while in the theater. Advance ticket purchases are required.


Current Showtimes

Friday & Saturday
10:15 am—Out of This World!
11:15 am—Minnesota Night Skies
12:15 pm—Out of This World!
1:45 pm—Minnesota Night Skies
2:45 pm—Minnesota Water Stories
10:15 am—Out of This World!
11:15 am—Minnesota Night Skies
12:15 pm—Out of This World!
1:45 pm—Minnesota Night Skies
2:45 pm—Mysteries of Your Brain


The Bell Museum is happy to ensure our shows are available to all of our visitors. Please see additional assistance for our visitors offered here

Planetarium Only Pricing

Please arrive 15 minute before your showtime for seating. Planetarium-only tickets do not include access to any museum galleries.

Buy Planetarium-Only Tickets

Senior (65+)—$7
Youth (3–21, 0–2 years free*)—$6
U of M Student (with current student ID)—$4
Bell Museum members get 50 percent off planetarium tickets every day

Combo—Museum Entry & Planetarium Pricing

Combo tickets include a timed ticket to the museum before the planetarium show, please arrive within 10 minutes of your arrival time.  For alternative entry times please call for tickets, 612-626-9660

Buy Combo Tickets

Senior (65+)—$14
Youth (3–21, 0–2 years free*)—$12


Log in to Buy Tickets

Senior (65+)—$3.50
Youth (3–21, 0–2 years free*)—$3

Now Showing

Illustration of our solar system

Out of This World! 

Recommended for all ages
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).

Orion constellation

Minnesota Night Skies

Recommended for all ages
Join our planetarium staff as we take a look at the sky above Minnesota, including seasonal constellations, the Moon, and visible planets. There’s something in the sky for everyone.

Illustration of brain synapses

Mysteries of Your Brain

Recommended for ages 8+
Mysteries of Your Brain takes you on an immersive, animated adventure into the human brain, exploring how the brain works and what makes human brains so special. Your tour guides on this journey are a curious girl and her crow companion—together you’ll zoom along the paths of neurons, fly through brains and experience illusions on a grand scale. You’ll learn how your brain makes you you and that, ultimately, we each have the power to change our brains.

Temperance River

Minnesota Water Stories

Recommended for ages 10+
Minnesota is the land of 10,000 lakes, where the water reflects the sky. Water is essential to life and we all have connections to it, yet there are challenges threatening our waters. Minnesota Water Stories explores challenges, current research, and opportunities we have to protect our most precious resource.

Coming Soon

The colorful Tarantula Nebula

Far Out!

Recommended for all ages
Launch farther out than ever before. Journey to planets beyond our solar system, visit a black hole, or travel to the edge of our visible universe. The only thing expanding faster than the universe will be your sense of amazement!

An airy blue atmosphere around Earth

A Planet for Goldilocks

Recommended for all ages
The search for a planet like Earth—one with temperatures, oceans, and an atmosphere suitable for life has been a little like Goldilocks’ search for a decent bowl of porridge: some are too hot, some are too cold, but some are “just right.” Learn the techniques astronomers have already used to find thousands of tiny, dark worlds in orbit around distant stars—some in the Goldilocks Zone.

With generous support from:
Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation
Boston Scientific: Advancing science for life

Virtual Offerings

Interested in exploring the cosmos with us from home? 

Constellation Hunters: Curious about the night sky and what constellations you can see? We’re posting Constellation Hunter videos to help you find constellations you can see from wherever you are (in the northern hemisphere). No telescope required!

Upcoming events: Mark your calendars for upcoming virtual planetarium shows, Star Parties and other live content.

Virtual planetarium shows and star parties: Missed a live virtual show or Star Party? We upload our programs onto YouTube for you to enjoy anytime.