The Bell Museum from the west, an entire glass wall reflecting a blue, yellow and pink sky

Whole Building Rental

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With an entire museum for just you and your guests, you can browse the galleries with a drink in your hand, taking all the time and space you need to see our many exhibits and dioramas. You can venture outside to look at the stars through our high-powered telescopes, and you can make full use of beautiful Horizon Hall.

Looking for even more excitement? For an additional fee, you can wander through the temporary show in the Nova Galleries, or enjoy exploring the Touch & See Lab’s many delights, giving guests get a hands-on experience with all kinds of specimens from the Bell’s collection. You can even take in a planetarium show with your friends: The Whitney and Elizabeth MacMillan Planetarium can seat up to 120 guests for a private screening or a wedding ceremony under the stars, creating an especially memorable event.

Important details
A whole-building rental includes Horizon Hall, the Lounge, the second-floor galleries, and the Ruth & John Huss Observation Deck. This rental accommodates up to 600 guests for a standing reception, 120 for buffet dining or 150 for seated dining. Each package includes the rental fee, set up and event staff to oversee your affair. Rooms include built-in audio visual equipment and an abundance of natural light. The Bell Museum also has a list of exclusive catering partners that will surely leave you and your guests impressed. Wireless internet is included, the museum is fully accessible, and there is a parking lot adjacent to the building.

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