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Bell Museum

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2088 Larpenteur Avenue W
St Paul, 55113
September 16 - September 22
Kids look at a gecko that's perched on someone's finger

Sensory Friendly Saturday

Thursday 01/01/1970
8:00 am - 10:00 am
Bell Museum, 2088 Larpenteur Avenue W
St Paul, 55113

This monthly series provides a welcoming and accessible environment for individuals, families, and children who have sensory sensitivities.

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A red-tailed hawk sitting on a branch

Guided Birding Walk

Thursday 01/01/1970
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Bell Museum, 2088 Larpenteur Avenue W
St Paul, 55113

Join the Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union on a guided bird walk! 

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September 23 - September 29
Close shot of spider plants in the foreground and blurred people in the background

After Hours: Plants

Thursday 01/01/1970
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Bell Museum 2088 Larpenteur Avenue W
St Paul, 55113

Curate a night at the museum from sketching unique specimens to special planetarium shows and stargazing.

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Wicked Plants with Amy Stewart

Thursday 01/01/1970
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bell Museum, 2088 Larpenteur Avenue W
St Paul, 55113
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Amy Stewart is the New York Times best-selling author of 10 books, which have sold more than a million copies worldwide and have been translated into 17 languages.

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Array of large powered radio telescopes at sunset.

Skynet Scholars: First Session

Thursday 01/01/1970
9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Bell Museum, 2088 Larpenteur Avenue W
St Paul, 55113
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Advanced registration is required.

Skynet Scholars is a program for middle and high school students that puts them in the driver’s seat to conduct their own scientific explorations of the universe.

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A slice of the cover of The Story of Dr. Ellen Ochoa

Story Time: The Astronaut With a Song for the Stars

Thursday 01/01/1970
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Bell Museum, 2088 Larpenteur Avenue W
St Paul, 55113

Calling all future scientists, techies, engineers, artists and mathematicians to Story Time. Families are invited to listen to fun and engaging stories that call out adventures and mishaps of kid scientists and engineers, and explore our universe from the far reaches of the galaxy down to tiny microbes here on Earth. Join us after the story for engaging STEAM hands-on activities.

This month’s story is The Astronaut With a Song for the Stars: The Story of Dr. Ellen Ochoa by Julia Finley Mosca, in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

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Sun flare viewed through a telescope

Solar Sunday

Thursday 01/01/1970
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Bell Museum, 2088 Larpenteur Avenue W
St Paul, 55113

Telescopes aren’t just for night observing. We’ll have a variety of our solar telescopes out on our observation deck for safe solar viewing as well as some hands-on interactive activities to better understand our nearest star, the Sun.

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September 30 - October 06
Botanical Bonanza

Botanical Bonanza

Thursday 01/01/1970
Bell Museum, 2088 Larpenteur Avenue W
St Paul, 55113
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October 5 & 6, 10 am–5 pm Free with admission. Planetarium tickets sold separately. It’s time for a Bell celebration of the fascinating world of plants! After spending the summer watching them bloom and grow, join us this fall to explore some unique uses for botanical items, discover UMN research lending insight into how plants grow and evolve, and learn more about their hidden (and sometimes dangerous) side. Get all the details here.

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October 07 - October 13
Blue and purple sky with stars and the Milky Way

October Star Party: Calendars in the Sky

Thursday 01/01/1970
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Bell Museum, 2088 Larpenteur Avenue W
St Paul, 55113

Explore Minnesota skies with the Bell Museum at free outdoor telescope observing nights.

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October 14 - October 20
Brown mushrooms growing from the ground

After Hours: Fatal Fungus & Mind-Control Bugs

Thursday 01/01/1970
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Bell Museum 2088 Larpenteur Avenue W
St Paul, 55113

Curate a night at the museum from sketching unique specimens and touring exhibits to stargazing on our roof deck.

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Family Discovery Days: MEA Weekend

Thursday 01/01/1970
Bell Museum, 2088 Larpenteur Avenue W
St Paul, 55113

Thursday–Sunday, join us for some science-related family fun over this long weekend! Enjoy activities in our education wing, a special display in Collections Cove, and some favorite Solution Studio challenges.

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Kids look at a gecko that's perched on someone's finger

Sensory Friendly Saturday

Thursday 01/01/1970
8:00 am - 10:00 am
Bell Museum, 2088 Larpenteur Avenue W
St Paul, 55113

This monthly series provides a welcoming and accessible environment for individuals, families, and children who have sensory sensitivities.

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A house finch sitting on a branch

Guided Birding Walk

Thursday 01/01/1970
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Bell Museum, 2088 Larpenteur Avenue W
St Paul, 55113

Join the Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union on a guided bird walk! 

Find out more »
Sun viewed through a telescope

Solar Sunday

Thursday 01/01/1970
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Bell Museum, 2088 Larpenteur Avenue W
St Paul, 55113

Telescopes aren’t just for night observing. We’ll have a variety of our solar telescopes out on our observation deck for safe solar viewing as well as some hands-on interactive activities to better understand our nearest star, the Sun.

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October 21 - October 27
A forest with clouds in the treetops

Wellbeing Series

Thursday 01/01/1970
6:30 pm - 8:45 pm
Bell Museum, 2088 Larpenteur Avenue W
St Paul, 55113
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In partnership with the Earl E Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing, the Wellbeing Series featuring Richard Piacentini will be hosted at the Bell Museum. Piacentini has led the green transformation of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and will be discussing the sustainable efforts initiated at the Phipps, which are based on recognizing the vital connections between people, plants, health and the planet. This regenerative-based way of thinking influences the organization’s actions and programs, particularly those focused on awakening children…

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Ghostly Garden

The Ghostly Garden

Thursday 01/01/1970
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Bell Museum, 2088 Larpenteur Avenue W
St Paul, 55113
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October 25 Creep through the darkened galleries of the museum from 6:30–9:30 p.m. and find family-friendly surprises lurking behind every corner, from crafting botanical atrocities with repurposed fake plants and exploring the Dome of Doom in the Whitney and Elizabeth MacMillan Planetarium to visiting with carnivorous plants in Collections Cove. Also, see an installation of new internally lit paper sculptures by Bell resident artist Anna Cerelia Battistini that explore extinct and threatened species in Minnesota. Tickets $20 for adults $15…

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A slice of the cover art from Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor

October Story Time

Thursday 01/01/1970
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Bell Museum, 2088 Larpenteur Avenue W
St Paul, 55113

Calling all future scientists, techies, engineers, artists and mathematicians to Story Time. Families are invited to listen to fun and engaging stories that call out adventures and mishaps of kid scientists and engineers, and explore our universe from the far reaches of the galaxy down to tiny microbes here on Earth. Join us after the story for engaging STEAM hands-on activities.

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October 28 - November 03
A baby and his father look at the woolly mammoth

Member Mammoth Morning

Thursday 01/01/1970
8:00 am - 10:00 am
Bell Museum 2088 Larpenteur Avenue W
St Paul, 55113

Members—enjoy a cozy morning at the Bell! Have your family photo or selfie taken with our woolly mammoth in front of a winter-themed backdrop. Just in time for holiday cards or calendars for you and your family and friends. Explore the museum galleries while sipping hot cocoa and having treats, and enjoy family-friendly activities to bring home, including making your own mini mammoth diorama!

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November 04 - November 10
Family stargazing outside with a telescope

November Star Party: Moon & Beyond

Thursday 01/01/1970
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Bell Museum, 2088 Larpenteur Avenue W
St Paul, 55113

Explore Minnesota skies with the Bell Museum at free outdoor telescope observing nights.

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Image of MRI brain scans, black and white film

Spotlight Science: Neuroscience

Thursday 01/01/1970
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Bell Museum, 2088 Larpenteur Avenue W
St Paul, 55113

Come meet University of Minnesota researchers who study the brain's amazing ability to keep your whole body running and functioning. Hear from a variety of scientists who study invasive and noninvasive ways to help people who have experienced different ailments of the brain.

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November 11 - November 17
Mercury transits the Sun

Transit of Mercury

Thursday 01/01/1970
7:00 am - 12:00 pm
Bell Museum, 2088 Larpenteur Avenue W
St Paul, 55113

Come view a rare planetary transit of Mercury as it crosses between the Sun and the Earth!

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Kids look at a gecko that's perched on someone's finger

Sensory Friendly Saturday

Thursday 01/01/1970
8:00 am - 10:00 am
Bell Museum, 2088 Larpenteur Avenue W
St Paul, 55113

This monthly series provides a welcoming and accessible environment for individuals, families, and children who have sensory sensitivities.

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A dark eyed junco sitting on a branch

Guided Birding Walk

Thursday 01/01/1970
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Bell Museum, 2088 Larpenteur Avenue W
St Paul, 55113

Join the Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union on a guided bird walk! 

Find out more »
Sun viewed through a telescope

Solar Sunday

Thursday 01/01/1970
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Bell Museum, 2088 Larpenteur Avenue W
St Paul, 55113

Telescopes aren’t just for night observing. We’ll have a variety of our solar telescopes out on our observation deck for safe solar viewing as well as some hands-on interactive activities to better understand our nearest star, the Sun.

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November 18 - November 24
An illustration of soundwaves

After Hours: Soundwaves

Thursday 01/01/1970
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Bell Museum 2088 Larpenteur Avenue W
St Paul, 55113

Curate a night at the museum from sketching unique specimens to special planetarium shows and stargazing.

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Photo of a shelf of kids' books

November Story Time

Thursday 01/01/1970
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Bell Museum, 2088 Larpenteur Avenue W
St Paul, 55113

Calling all future scientists, techies, engineers, artists and mathematicians to Story Time. Families are invited to listen to fun and engaging stories that call out adventures and mishaps of kid scientists and engineers, and explore our universe from the far reaches of the galaxy down to tiny microbes here on Earth. Join us after the story for engaging STEAM hands-on activities.

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November 25 - December 01
Sun flare viewed through a telescope

Solar Sunday

Thursday 01/01/1970
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Bell Museum, 2088 Larpenteur Avenue W
St Paul, 55113

Telescopes aren’t just for night observing. We’ll have a variety of our solar telescopes out on our observation deck for safe solar viewing as well as some hands-on interactive activities to better understand our nearest star, the Sun.

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December 02 - December 08

December Star Party: Apollo’s Last Landing

Thursday 01/01/1970
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Bell Museum, 2088 Larpenteur Avenue W
St Paul, 55113

Explore Minnesota skies with the Bell Museum at free outdoor telescope observing nights.

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December 09 - December 15
Kids look at a gecko that's perched on someone's finger

Sensory Friendly Saturday

Thursday 01/01/1970
8:00 am - 10:00 am
Bell Museum, 2088 Larpenteur Avenue W
St Paul, 55113

This monthly series provides a welcoming and accessible environment for individuals, families, and children who have sensory sensitivities.

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Photo of mistletoe growing

Spotlight Science: Plant Love/Hate Stories

Thursday 01/01/1970
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Bell Museum, 2088 Larpenteur Avenue W
St Paul, 55113

Come learn more about chronic wasting disease, the research being done to help combat its spread, and what you can do to help. Our hosts, Peter Larsen and researchers at the UMN School of Veterinary Medicine, are working to develop a rapid field testing device that will quickly detect chronic wasting disease in deer populations.

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Sun viewed through a telescope

Solar Sunday

Thursday 01/01/1970
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Bell Museum, 2088 Larpenteur Avenue W
St Paul, 55113

Telescopes aren’t just for night observing. We’ll have a variety of our solar telescopes out on our observation deck for safe solar viewing as well as some hands-on interactive activities to better understand our nearest star, the Sun.

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December 16 - December 22

After Hours: Rest-oration

Thursday 01/01/1970
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Bell Museum 2088 Larpenteur Avenue W
St Paul, 55113

Curate a night at the museum from sketching unique specimens to special planetarium shows and stargazing.

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Photo of a shelf of kids' books

December Story Time

Thursday 01/01/1970
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Bell Museum, 2088 Larpenteur Avenue W
St Paul, 55113

Calling all future scientists, techies, engineers, artists and mathematicians to Story Time. Families are invited to listen to fun and engaging stories that call out adventures and mishaps of kid scientists and engineers, and explore our universe from the far reaches of the galaxy down to tiny microbes here on Earth. Join us after the story for engaging STEAM hands-on activities.

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February 17 - February 23

Silent Sky

Thursday 01/01/1970
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Bell Museum, 2088 Larpenteur Avenue W
St Paul, 55113
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Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson presented by Theatre Pro Rata in partnership with The Bell Museum February 22-March 8, 2020 Whitney and Elizabeth MacMillan Planetarium Saturday, Feb 22,  7:30pm Sunday, Feb 23,  3:30pm Friday, Feb 28,   7:30pm Saturday, Feb 29, 7:30pm Sunday, March 1,   3:30pm Friday, March 6,   7:30pm Saturday, March 7,   7:30pm Sunday, March 8,   3:30pm General Admission Tickets go on-sale Sunday, December 1 $30 Adults ($25 Bell members) $15 Students, ages 10-21 ($12 student members) In the early twentieth…

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