Bell Museum

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  • Admission discounts available for Bell members, youth (3-21), seniors (65+), UMN students, on duty Personal Care Assistants, active duty military and their families.


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  • 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.

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  • Hours: Tuesday-Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm Holiday Closures: New Year’s Day (January 1) Memorial Day Independence Day (July 4) Labor Day Thanksgiving Day Christmas (December 25)

Green Practices

  • Waste Reduction/Reuse/Recycling
  • Water Conservation/Wastewater Mgmt Plan
  • Energy Efficiency/Conservation
  • Air Quality Improvements
  • Eco-Friendly Landscape/Facility Design
  • Eco-Friendly Purchasing Practices
  • Organic or Local Food & Beverage Choices

Attraction Attributes

  • Accessible to Disabled
  • Can Accommodate Groups of 45 or more

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  1. Wicked Plants: The Exhibit

    Wicked Plants: The Exhibit

    2088 Larpenteur Avenue West
    St Paul, MN 55113
    Call: (612) 626-9660

    Delight in the interactive displays tucked into a warren of creepy rooms in a derelict Victorian manor. Dig into deadly nightshade and other villains, then continue into a room teeming with 10 of the world’s most nefarious invasive plants.

    Inspired by author Amy Stewart's best-selling book, Wicked Plants: The Weed that Killed Lincoln's Mother and other Botanical Atrocities, this family-friendly exhibit showcases plants at the root of a myriad of conditions, including pain, addiction, obesity, allergies, cognitive impairment and even death!

    Exclusive Features

    The Bell will include some exclusive add-ons, showcasing wicked and not-so-wicked plants:

    The history behind the Bell's plant collections in the U of M Herbarium with a display of specimens, botanical illustrations and antique tools.

    A hands-on botanical collage station and a wicked plants photo op.

    Excerpts from the College of Biological Sciences Conservatory exhibit Roots to Healing, which provides a brief survey of plant-based remedies from around the globe that matter in Minnesota, from the tropical bitter melon to the native showy lady's slipper.
    Selections of of rare books and artifacts from the U's Wagensteen Historical Library and Andersen Horticultural Library at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

    Giant palm, fern, and lily pad leaves displayed as oversized work of art, provided by the City of St. Paul's Como Park Zoo and Conservatory.

    More about the exhibit and special events at

    Daytime exhibit hours: 10 am to 5 pm, Tues-Sunday and select late Weds. Exhibit is free with admission: $12 adults, $10 seniors (65+), $9 youth (3–21), FREE UMN students & Bell members.

Meetings & Conferences

  • Facility accommodates meetings for 30 or more
  • Meetings Website
  • Meeting/Convention Facilities (maximum capacity): 800
  • Banquet Facilities (maximum capacity): 150
  • Number of Meeting Rooms: 3
  • Largest Meeting Room (sq ft): 3500
  • Catering Available
  • Commercial Air Service Nearby

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