Students in the Touch & See Lab looking at a live tarantula.

Summer 2019: Youth Groups

Summer 2019 group bookings is now open.

We’d love to host your group at the Bell to our state-of-the-art planetarium, world renowned wildlife dioramas and exhibitions! We also offer our traveling Planetarium dome and can bring the universe to YOU.

To request a group booking, contact us at 612-624-4957 or bellgroups@umn.edu.

Group Experiences

The following PreK-12 group experience options can be arranged individually or in combination.

Museum Tours

The Minnesota Journeys galleries span space and time: from the origins of the universe through the diversification of life on Earth, to Minnesota’s own unique habitats and U of M researchers working to create a better future. Our interpretive tour takes a deep dive into space exploration and the diversity of life through the lens of the museum’s famous dioramas. The tour also includes a trip to the Touch & See Lab where students will interact with live animals and explore the characteristics of living things.

Tour length: 70 minutes
Schedule: Wednesday-Friday at 10:10-11:20 and Tuesday-Friday at 1:10-2:20pm.
Cost: $6 per child – with 1 free chaperone for every 10 students (additional chaperones pay the student rate)
Group limit: 105 children

Planetarium Shows

Groups are welcome to reserve seats for a show in the Whitney and Elizabeth MacMillan Planetarium. The planetarium has theater-style seating for up to 120 people.

The summer show schedule runs June 11 – September 1, Tuesdays through Fridays:

10:30-11:15     The Zula Patrol: Under the Weather (ages 3-9)
11:30-12:15     One Giant Leap (all ages)
2:30-3:15        Out of this World! (all ages)

Cost: $6 per child – 1 free chaperone for every 10 students (additional chaperones pay the student rate)
Group limit: 105 children

Tour & Planetarium Options

Groups interested in a guided tour & planetarium show may choose from either a morning or afternoon visit.

AM Combo
10:10-11:20   Guided Tour
11:30-12:15   One Giant Leap Planetarium Show

PM Combo:
1:10 – 2:20    Guided Tour
2:30-3:15      Out of This World! Planetarium show

Cost: $9 per child – 1 free chaperone for every 10 students (additional chaperones pay the student rate)
Group limit 105 children

Traveling Planetarium

Let the Bell’s ExploraDome theater bring the cosmos to you.

Our portable planetarium dome travels around the entire state of MN, with a variety of program offerings for all ages. Rates vary depending on the distance traveled and the time booked.

Policies and FAQ

Accessibility
We are committed to access for all audiences. If you have any special accommodations needed, please contact us at bellgroups@umn.edu or 612-624-4957.

Lunches
The Bell Museum cannot accommodate any on-site lunches during the summer months. Groups will need to eat at their site or plan to visit one of the nearby parks for lunch. The closest parks are Falcon Heights Community Park and Grove Park.

Final Headcount
Please be advised that due to staffing and a fixed number of seats in the planetarium, groups will need to have a confirmed headcount 3 weeks before their visit date. We cannot accommodate groups that show up with more children than registered.

Booking & Payment
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, or upon arrival to the museum. Payment should be in the form of a single check or credit card payment. We do not accept purchasing orders.

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.

Special Group Entrance
Buses are welcome to use the dedicated Schultz Education Entrance located on the east side of the building on Cleveland Avenue. The Roger E. Anderson Education Wing is just inside the doors, where your students will start their experience after a brief orientation from our staff.