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Cinematic Cosmos – A Planetarium Film Festival

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For one weekend only, relive or experience for the first time, special planetarium shows rarely seen at the Bell. We invite you to spend the holiday traveling inside the brain, around Taylors Falls, Minnesota, and to the furthest reaches of the universe! Watch new and classic planetarium shows November 24-28 (closed Thanksgiving day) every hour all week, from classic Bell original films like Minnesota in the Cosmos to new releases like Unseen Universe. There’s something in the universe for everyone!

 

Upcoming Showtimes

Wednesday
11/24/21

10:30AM
Minnesota in the Cosmos

11:30AM
From Earth to the Universe

 12:30PM
Mayan Archaeoastronomy

1:30PM
Big Astronomy

2:30PM
Phantom of the Universe

Thursday
11/25/21

CLOSED

Thanksgiving

CLOSED

Thanksgiving

CLOSED

Thanksgiving

CLOSED

Thanksgiving

CLOSED

Thanksgiving

Friday
11/26/21

10:30AM
Zula Patrol: Under the Weather

11:30AM
Two Small Pieces of Glass

12:30PM
Mysteries of Your Brain

1:30PM
Unseen Universe

2:30PM
Einstein’s Gravity Playlist

Saturday
11/27/21

10:30AM
Minnesota in the Cosmos

11:30AM
From Earth to the Universe

12:30PM
Mayan Archaeoastronomy

1:30PM
Big Astronomy

2:30PM
Phantom of the Universe

Sunday
11/28/21

10:30AM
Zula Patrol: Under the Weather

11:30AM
Two Small Pieces of Glass
12:30PM
Mysteries of Your Brain
1:30PM
Unseen Universe

2:30PM
Einstein’s Gravity Playlist

Planetarium Only Pricing

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

Buy Planetarium-Only Tickets

Adult—$8
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 ticket to the museum before the planetarium show, please arrive within 15 minutes of your arrival time.  For alternative entry times please call for tickets, 612-626-9660

Buy Combo Tickets

Adult—$17
Senior (65+)—$14
Youth (3–21, 0–2 years free*)—$12
U of M Student (with current student ID)—$4

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Adult—$4
Senior (65+)—$3.50
Youth (3–21, 0–2 years free*)—$3

 

*Children 2 and under may share a seat with an adult guardian in the planetarium. If an additional seat is needed, purchase them a youth ticket. Guests 12 and under require adult supervision during their visit/planetarium show.

 

Upcoming Shows

Three telescopes on top of mountain facing the sun

Big Astronomy

Recommended for ages 8 and older
Journey to three world-class observatories in Chile’s rugged Andes Mountains and arid Atacama Desert—remote, extreme regions that happen to have the perfect conditions for astronomical research. Along the way, you’ll meet an inspiring cast of astronomers, engineers, technicians, and support staff who keep these mega-machines running.

Photo Credit: California Academy of Sciences

Woman standing next to graphic gravitational waves

Einstein’s Gravity Playlist

Recommended for ages 10 and older
Ripples in space-time. Albert Einstein first predicted the existence of these ripples, known as gravitational waves, in 1916. A century later, scientists detected these waves using incredibly precise laser technology here on Earth. Follow Lucia, a PhD student in physics, on an exploration of how gravitational waves are formed, how they move through the universe, and how scientists like her work to hear them.

Image of the earth from outerspace with text: From Earth to the Universe

From Earth to the Universe

Recommended for ages 8 and older
The night sky, both beautiful and mysterious, has inspired awe and been the subject of campfire stories, and ancient myths for as long as there have been people. A desire to comprehend the universe may well be humanity’s oldest shared intellectual experience. Yet only recently have we truly begun to grasp our place in the vast cosmos. To learn about this journey of celestial discovery, from the theories of the ancient Greek astronomers to today’s grandest telescopes, we invite you to experience From Earth to the Universe.

Glowing sphere floating a top a Mayan structure

Mayan Archaeoastronomy

Recommended for ages 8 and older
In a feast of colors and sounds, tour six Mayan temples: San Gervasio, Chichen Itzá, Uxmal, Edzná, Palenque and Bonampak and dive into a Mayan world of knowledge about the importance of the orientations of its temples in relation to the movement of the Moon, Venus, the Sun, and other stars.

view of Earth from space with clouds in the shape of Minnesota

Minnesota in the Cosmos

Recommended for all ages
In this original Bell Museum production, explore the formation of the universe from a uniquely Minnesota perspective. Investigate 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.

Animated little girl looking at animated crow inside an animated brain

Mysteries of Your Brain

Recommended for ages 8 and older
In this original Bell Museum production, Mysteries of Your Brain takes you on an immersive, animated adventure that explores what makes the human brain 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, see a close-up view of how human and animal brains differ, 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.

Full moon in foreground with milky way in the background

Phantom of the Universe

Recommended for ages 10 and older
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.

telescope pointing towards the Milky Way

Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope

Recommended for ages 8 and older
Explore the wonder and discoveries made by astronomers throughout the past 400 years using two small pieces of glass. From the invention of the telescope, to Galileo’s modifications, the launch of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, and the future of astronomy.

Yellow light surrounding black hole

Unseen Universe

Recommended for ages 8 and older
Look into cutting edge astronomy and explore the universe far beyond our human senses. For millions of years, our view of the heavens has been limited by our eyes, allowing us to only see a narrow band of electromagnetic radiation we call visible light. For the first time ever, in the greatest breakthrough since the invention of the telescope, we now have the technology to capture the Universe over an amazing width of the spectrum and beyond. We can even interlink telescopes around the world to capture data on a global scale.

Animated charters above text: The Zula Patrol

The Zula Patrol: Under the Weather

Recommended for all ages
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.