The new Gaia installation at the Bell Museum. Photo: Audrey Kennedy/Axios

ICYMI: It’s really hot outside, which makes it a great time to visit the local air-conditioned museums.

  • Check out these three exhibits that just opened this month.
🌎 “Gaïa” at the Bell Museum

This giant new art installation at St. Paul’s Natural History Museum is 23 feet in diameter – it’s even visible from nearby roads. Head upstairs for an expansive exhibit about our planet.

  • Don’t miss: The planetarium. Shows cost a few dollars more, but are a great summer crash course in stargazing.
  • Price: $12 for adults, $9 for children under 21. University of Minnesota students and children 2 and under enter free.
🏊‍♀️ “The Morning Dip” at the American Swedish Institute

Learn more about the Swedish ritual Morgonbryggan, where locals bathe in the sea in the morning, and photographer Penny Anderson’s own relationship with her Swedish heritage through this series of portraits.

  • Don’t miss: FIKA Cafe. The museum restaurant is one of the best places to enjoy authentic Nordic cuisine in the cities.
  • Price: $12 for adults, $6 for 6-18 year olds and college students, free for 5 year olds and under.
🌻 Vincent Van Gogh at the Minneapolis Institute of Art

The enormous art museum is known for its free entry, but you can upgrade your ticket to see ‘Van Gogh and the Olive Groves’, a private exhibition of five paintings by the renowned artist.

  • Don’t miss: The rest of the museum! It’s huge and a great excuse to spend several hours in a climate-controlled space.
  • Price$16, children under 17 enter free. (It’s still much cheaper than the polarizing Immersive Van Gogh exhibit.)

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