Get ready to explore Minnesota's official natural history museum and planetarium - yes we are talking about the Bell Museum of Natural History!
The Bell Museum is located on the St Paul campus of the University of Minnesota, and features a range of exhibits and dioramas to educate all who visit.
Kids can learn all about the animals and people behind the oldest large diorama at the museum - Beavers at Lake Itasca! In fact, this diorama is over 100 years old! You can learn all about these amazing creatures, and how they are among nature's best architects and engineers.
The Life in the Universe exhibit takes you through 4 1/2 billion years of history, from the moment the Earth was formed, to how astronomers continue the quest to find life beyond our solar system.
The Tree of Life exhibit displays examples of biological specimens that adapt to the environment, and even see Minnesota during the last Ice Age!
Journey through the state's biomes, from the forests to the prairies to the wetlands, exploring the species who live in each of these environments, and even imagine the future of the nation!
Bell Museum of Natural History also features a digital planetarium, and offers shows and events that you can join in with, from exploring the skies, to science fun!
It's an out of this world family day out, where you can explore the amazing landscapes and animals of Minnesota and beyond!
Museum $12 / Planetarium show $8 / Combo $17
Museum $9 (Ages 3 to 21) / Planetarium show $6 / Combo $12
UMN students free with ID. Senior discounts
2 years, plus free for planetarium if a seat can be shared with an adult
Check out the planetarium times before you arrive so you can plan your day around them if you are interested!
They offer pre-K–12 group experience options that can be arranged individually or in combination with each other. Check the website for details!
In our Curiosity Shop, you’ll find uniquely curated collections of products for the science geek, nature nut, and space case, with plush toys, notebooks, natural history specimens and more!
They strive to make the facility and events accessible to everyone, and we are committed to serving all Minnesotans. On duty Personal Care Assistants receive free admission every day
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Open year round but closed Mondays, New Years Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day & Christmas Day
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