Macmillan Planetarium, St. Paul, Minnesota
Housed within a concrete cylinder at the heart of the Bell Museum’s new facility on the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul campus sits the Whitney and Elizabeth MacMillan Planetarium. The theater offers state-of-the-art projection capabilities that go beyond astronomy. Presentations of scientific research occurs across disciplines, such as a look deep inside the human brain. There is an outdoor terrace for observation events and private rentals.
The theater includes state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment designed by Sciss, a leading international planetarium developer and includes 4 Bag End IPD12E-I subwoofers. This is not the first planetarium where Bag End Bass has been employed. In fact the Hayden Planetarium in New York, one of the first Bag End planetarium installations was also an early project of Sciss.
Digital planetariums are also no longer limited to astronomy and space science. The Bell Museum intends to pair its cutting edge technology with the latest data from University of Minnesota researchers to produce data visualizations that span the arts and sciences—taking audiences from the far reaches of the universe to deep inside the human brain. The space will also be available for private rentals and events.