Combo and Planetarium Tickets

 

Tour the cosmos and beyond in the Whitney and Elizabeth MacMillan Planetarium

The capacity of the Planetarium has been limited to 70% to continue to allow for at least one seat between groups. The Bell Museum, as part of the University of Minnesota, follows the guidance of the CDC on masking and the advice of our University public health experts. Effective August 3, the University of Minnesota requires that masks be worn inside all buildings on campus, including the Bell Museum. Visitors 2 years and older, whether vaccinated or not, must wear a well-fitting mask over their mouth and nose and while inside the museum building. Bandanas, gaiters, vented masks and single layer face coverings are not permitted.

Fall Planetarium Schedule:

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

10:30 Out of This World
11:30 Far Out!
1:30 Minnesota Night Skies
2:30 Far Out!
Saturday & Sunday

10:30 Out of This World
11:30 Far Out!
12:30 Big Astronomy (film)
1:30 Minnesota Night Skies
2:30 Far Out!

Nov 24 - 28 Planetarium Festival Schedule:

Wednesday and Saturday

10:30 Minnesota in the Cosmos
11:30 From Earth to the Universe
12:30 Maya Archaeastronomy
1:30 Big Astronomy
2:30 Phantom of the Universe
Friday and Sunday

10:30 Zula Patrol: Under the Weather
11:30 Two Small Pieces of Glass
12:30 Mysteries of Your Brain
1:30 Unseen Universe
2:30 Einstein's Gravity Playlist

 

Planetarium Only Tickets:

Please arrive 15 minutes before your showtime for seating. Planetarium-only tickets do not include access to any museum galleries.
 

Combo-Museum Entry & Planetarium Pricing:

You may arrive at the Museum at any time before your show (Please arrive at least 15 minutes before your showtime for seating) and enjoy the galleries for as long as you would like before and after your show; the Museum is open 10am - 4pm.

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SHOW DESCRIPTIONS


Out of This World!
Recommended for all ages | 30 minutes
Hop into the Bell Museum’s spaceship and tour the planets of our solar system. Investigate the phases of the Moon, be the first humans to land on Mars, and fly through the rings of Saturn. Discover your favorite planet, or moon, while learning what makes a planet a planet in the first place (sorry Pluto).

Minnesota Night Skies
Recommended for all ages | 30 minutes
Join our planetarium staff as we take a look at the sky above Minnesota, including seasonal constellations, the Moon, and visible planets. There’s something in the sky for everyone.

Minnesota Water Stories 
Recommended for ages 10+ | 30 minutes
Minnesota is the land of 10,000 lakes. It is the land where the water reflects the sky. Water is essential to life and we all have connections to it, yet there are challenges threatening our waters. Minnesota Water Stories explores challenges, current research, and opportunities we have to protect our more precious resource.

Far Out! 
Recommended for all ages | 30 minutes
Launch farther out than ever before. Journey to planets beyond our solar system, visit a black hole, or travel to the edge of our visible universe. The only thing expanding faster than the universe will be your sense of amazement!

Big Astronomy (film) 
Recommended for all ages | 30 minutes
Journey to three world-class observatories in Chile’s rugged Andes Mountains and arid Atacama Desert—remote, extreme regions that happen to have the perfect conditions for astronomical research. Along the way, you’ll meet an inspiring cast of astronomers, engineers, technicians, and support staff who keep these mega-machines running.

Spooky Skies 
Recommended for all ages | 30 minutes
Come see the creepy and cool cosmic sights in our nighttime sky.
 

NOV 24 - 28 FESTIVAL SHOW DESCRIPTIONS


Big Astronomy
Journey to three world-class observatories in Chile’s rugged Andes Mountains and arid Atacama Desert—remote, extreme regions that happen to have the perfect conditions for astronomical research. Along the way, you’ll meet an inspiring cast of astronomers, engineers, technicians, and support staff who keep these mega-machines running.

Einstein's Gravity Playlist
Ripples in space-time. Albert Einstein first predicted the existence of these ripples, known as gravitational waves, in 1916. A century later, scientists detected these waves using incredibly precise laser technology here on Earth. Follow Lucia, a PhD student in physics, on an exploration of how gravitational waves are formed, how they move through the universe, and how scientists like her work to hear them.

From Earth to the Universe
The night sky, both beautiful and mysterious, has inspired awe and been the subject of campfire stories, and ancient myths for as long as there have been people. A desire to comprehend the universe may well be humanity’s oldest shared intellectual experience. Yet only recently have we truly begun to grasp our place in the vast cosmos. To learn about this journey of celestial discovery, from the theories of the ancient Greek astronomers to today’s grandest telescopes, we invite you to experience From Earth to the Universe.

Mayan Archaeoastronomy
In a feast of colors and sounds, tour six Mayan temples: San Gervasio, Chichen Itzá, Uxmal, Edzná, Palenque and Bonampak and dive into a Mayan world of knowledge about the importance of the orientations of its temples in relation to the movement of some stars like the Sun, the Moon and Venus.

Minnesota in the Cosmos
Explores the formation of the universe from a uniquely Minnesota perspective. Investigate the deep cosmic and geological history of the land beneath our feet as seen through the eyes of a boy on a field trip to Interstate State Park in Taylors Falls, Minnesota.

Mysteries of Your Brain
Travel into human and animal brains in this animated adventure. Explore how the brain works and what makes human brains so special. Your tour guides on this journey are a curious girl and her crow companion—together you’ll zoom along the paths of neurons, fly through brains, and experience illusions on a grand scale. You’ll learn how your brain makes you you and that, ultimately, we each have the power to change our brains.

Phantom of the Universe
Take a journey of discovery to unlock the mystery of Dark Matter. The show reveals the first hints of its existence through the eyes of Fritz Zwicky, the scientist who coined the term “dark matter,” and Vera Rubin’s observational evidence studying the Andromeda galaxy. From the Big Bang and the role of dark matter in the formation of galaxies, to its anticipated discovery at the Large Hadron Collider, explore one of the mysteries of the universe as the hunt for this mysterious particle unfolds.

The Zula Patrol: Under the Weather
The heroes of the intergalactic Zula Patrol are on an expedition collecting samples of weather for scientist Multo’s research. Along the way they learn about weather on Earth and on other planets.

Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope
Explore the wonder and discoveries made by astronomers throughout the past 400 years using two small pieces of glass. From the invention of the telescope, to Galileo’s modifications, the launch of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, and the future of astronomy.

Unseen Universe
Look into cutting edge astronomy and explore the universe far beyond our human senses. For millions of years, our view of the heavens has been limited by our eyes, allowing us to only see a narrow band of electromagnetic radiation we call visible light. For the first time ever, in the greatest breakthrough since the invention of the telescope, we now have the technology to capture the Universe over an amazing width of the spectrum and beyond. We can even interlink telescopes around the world to capture data on a global scale.