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Wedding & Engagements

Celebrate under the stars!

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The Bell Museum offers a variety of wedding package options, including weddings under the stars in the Whitney and Elizabeth MacMillan Planetarium and full-museum rentals. Plan your special day in a beautiful and unique venue. With customizable packages and multiple event spaces, our seasoned event staff will work with you to ensure your wedding is memorable.

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Looking for a venue for your rehearsal dinner? The Nucleus is an intimate space tucked into the Minnesota Journeys gallery on the museum’s second floor, featuring the white pine found throughout the museum as well as built-in audiovisual equipment. The Nucleus can accommodate up to 60 guests at round tables or 80 guests in theater seating, and offers additional outdoor space on our rooftop observation deck.

Contact our event staff today at bellevents@umn.edu or 612-626-3528.


  • Planetarium Ceremony: 120 guests
  • Horizon Hall Ceremony: 200 guests (a Full Museum Rental is required). 
  • Horizon Hall Reception & Buffet Dinner: 120 guests
  • Horizon Hall Reception & Plated Dinner: 150 guests
  • Standing Reception: 225 guests


  • 0-7 hours included in rental
  • Horizon Hall, Planetarium, MN Journey’s Exhibit, or Full Museum rentals available for events starting at 5:00 PM
  • The Nucleus rental available for events starting at 8:00 AM


  • Nearby local breweries and hotels
  • Outdoor plaza(s) access
  • Preferred Caterers
  • In-house tables and chairs
  • Set-up and tear-down of event tables and chairs
  • Venue Manager and Onsite Event Associate
  • 120 parking spaces
  • In-house A/V equipment


For further details and pricing, please contact bellevents@umn.edu or 612-626-3528 for venue rental pricing.


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