The planetarium.  This was one of my favorite classes when I was in college.  The downside was that I had the class at like 8 or 9am.  We always sat in the same seats, and this dude who sat next to me fell asleep... Every. Day.  It really was kind of funny. This is a class that you should probably have in the early afternoon, or something.  You're tired, it's early morning, and you are sitting in a reclined chair in the dark.  Not a great combination.  But I like it.


Now, after quite awhile of being closed, the Bell Museum and Planetarium  which is located on Larpenteur Avenue in St. Paul, is able to reopen.

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They  do have some specific showtimes, and you do need to have tickets in advance with a timed entry.  This is to make sure social distance protocols will be carried out.  Masks will also be required at all times.

Your member planetarium tickets include your free timed ticket entry for arrival to the museum 15 minutes prior to your show. Please do not arrive before your timed entry ticket.

Planetarium-Only Tickets

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled show.

10:15 am—Out of this World (10 am arrival)
11:55 am—Minnesota Night Skies (11 am arrival)
1:35 pm—Out of This World (1:20 pm arrival)
2:55 pm—Minnesota Night Skies (2:40 pm arrival)

They also are including  2 different shows, and they are both 30 minutes long.  One is called "Out of this World" and the other is "Minnesota Night Skies". And apparently you can book a special event "under the stars" as well.  How would you like to have your wedding at a planetarium?  I hadn't thought of that before, but it could  be pretty cool.

Whatever you decide to do, taking a little trip to the planetarium is a fun and educational little adventure.

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