Bell Museum2088 Larpenteur Avenue West
St Paul, MN 55113
The Bell Museum is located at 2088 Larpenteur Avenue West, St Paul, MN 55113, at the corner of Larpenteur and Cleveland near the St Paul Campus and MN State Fair grounds. We are directly across the street from Gibbs Farm.Get Directions
Minnesota’s official natural history museum, is now located on the Saint Paul campus of the University of Minnesota. Take amazing journeys from the far reaches of the cosmos to deep inside the human brain in the Whitney and Elizabeth MacMillan Planetarium. Explore the origins of the universe and the diversity of life on earth in our galleries, which include our world famous wildlife dioramas.
Engage all your senses in our Touch & See Lab with 10,000 year-old fossils, living plants and animals, and more. Wander outside on our green roof and observation deck, and explore the learning landscape of native plants, geology gardens, and solar station. And drop into the Solutions Studio, our summer pop-up workshop where you can let your creativity run wild.
Hours & Dates
- Wednesday: 10:00am - 4:00pm
- Thursday: 10:00am - 4:00pm
- Friday: 10:00am - 4:00pm
- Saturday: 10:00am - 4:00pm
- Sunday: 10:00am - 4:00pm
New Year’s Day (January 1)
Independence Day (July 4)
Christmas (December 25)
Admission discounts available for Bell members, youth (3-21), seniors (65+), UMN students, on duty Personal Care Assistants, active duty military and their families.
- Air quality improvements
- Eco-friendly landscape/facility design
- Eco-friendly purchasing practices
- Energy efficiency/conservation
- Organic or local food & beverage choices
- Waste reduction/reuse/recycling
- Water conservation/wastewater management plan
- Accessible to disabled
- Can accommodate groups of 45 or more
Meetings & Conferences
- Banquet facilities maximum capacity: 150
- Catering available
- Commercial air service nearby
- Facility accommodates meetings for 30 or more
- Largest meeting room (sq ft): 3500
- Meeting/convention facilities maximum capacity: 800
- Number of meeting rooms: 3
Compact exhibit with original selections from exquisite folio of John James Audubon engravings of large and small varied birds - amazing detail, perspective and movement--truly stunning. These along...
— JANDW86, February 18, 2020
I recommend a walk around the campus of one of the largest universities in the country along with an entertaining stop at the Bell Museum. While there please visit the universities memorial union...
— Kevin P, August 20, 2017
This museum makes for a fun & educational rainy day outing with kids. It has diverse exhibits: wildlife in their natural habitat (sort of like screenshots of animals' lives) as well as exploration...
— Marzimarzo, October 27, 2016
The Bell Museum is a beautiful old building with some incredible dioramas depicting Minnesota wildlife. Most of them were installed between the mid-20s and the 60s. Visiting the museum is like...
— GrandTour673304, October 6, 2016
We brought our one year old, and really enjoyed the vintage feel of this museum. The displays are very well done, as others have commented. We also enjoyed the overall aesthetic of a small well...
— Aviatrx, September 5, 2016