News from the Bell

Star Parties with Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics

Explore the sky with astronomers from the Bell and the Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics. Our free telescope observing nights take place every month (weather permitting). Star Parties are very informal and family-friendly, and you can arrive and leave at any time.

Each evening will start with a special science presentation by MIfA graduate students in the Bell Museum's Auditorium. After the talk, the party will continue with telescope observing in the courtyard. We provide the telescopes and will guide you through observations of the same celestial objects that have inspired sky-gazers throughout history!

December 2: The Life of Stars
December 16: The Universe: From the Big Bang to Now

Learn more here.

Bell Social: Art+Science+Music

Save the Date: December 9, 2016, 7 - 11 pm

Join us for the final Bell Social at our Minneapolis location! There will be variety activities to satisfy the curious creatures in all of us from a mini science cabaret on the Ethnopharmacology of Energy Drinks with plant biologist and Bell Museum curator George Weiblen to free planetarium shows in the ExploraDome Theater. Also, enjoy live music in the museum from our special guest Har Mar Superstar!

Past Bell Museum resident artists will return to exhibit works created during their residencies. Examine paper cuts by Sonja Peterson, video installations by Sam Easterson, and multi-sensory experiences by Diane Willow. Explore the tiny worlds in macrophotography by Sreekishen Nair, bird collision portraiture by Miranda Brandon, preserving memory photos by Jeff Millikan, and selections from a crowdsourced photo project by Areca Roe. Experience a motion-sensing interactive by Minneapolis Art on Wheels, as well as a contemporary movement performance by Carl Flink featuring members of the Black Label Movement dance theater.

Latin American cuisine from Cafe Racer and a cash bar will be on site along with trivia, prizes, and after hours access to all exhibits including View From a Canoe: Paintings and Illustrations by Don Luce!

Tickets: $20 general, $15 members, UMN staff/students.

Thanks to our sponsors. The Bell Social is a celebration of our Resident Artist Research Project; both made possible thanks to generous support from the McKnight Foundation.

Minnesota artists: The deadline for the 2017/2018 artist residencies has been extended to November 28, 2016! Residencies are open to artists of all kinds including writers, painters, storytellers, dancers, designers, map-makers, musicians, and more. Work with University of Minnesota experts to explore science through your art.

Tea and Scone Diorama Party at the Bell

December 16, 2-4 pm
General admission; free for members and UMN students/staff

Visit the Minnesota’s treasured dioramas one last time before the Minneapolis location closes on December 31, 2016, in preparation for our move to the St. Paul campus.

Tea, scones, and other refreshments will be on hand as you gain a fresh perspective on the dioramas (and the species within) from expert University of Minnesota interpreters.)

Member Appreciation

December 17, 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Free for members

With the close of the Minneapolis location on December 31, we will begin our exciting journey to the St. Paul campus. And we couldn't have charted this path without our Members!

Join us to celebrate one last classic visit and the next chapter of our legacy! Learn more about your favorite diorama on a tour, fly through the galaxy at our open-house ExploraDome shows, and show your artistic side with make-and-take activities. Enjoy sweet treats and meet our new director, Dr. Denise Young.