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Increase Recommended for Bell Museum and Planetarium Project Budget

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler is recommending an increase of $6.725 million to complete a new Bell Museum of Natural History and Planetarium on the St. Paul campus. The additional funding would add exhibit space and create opportunities for private investment to further the museum's STEM education and outreach mission. The extra funding is subject to approval by the University's Board of Regents in September. Read more…

Why hemp and marijuana are different

After 12 years of study, a team of scientists including Bell Museum curator of plants George Weiblen has revealed the genetic difference between hemp and marijuana. The discovery may lead to changes in federal regulations that prohibit hemp production in the United States. Read more...

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Cafe Scientifique

Cafés offer a unique atmosphere for adults to explore our world from distinct and surprising viewpoints—drawing connections between scientific research, culture, environment and everyday life. Download LIVE podcasts from past events.

Blue Star Museum

Calling all active duty military! Visit the Bell for free through the Blue Star Museums program—more than 2,000 museums nationwide offering free admission to active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2015.

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Museum dioramas 

The Bell Museum is well known for its internationally-renowned natural history dioramas. To learn more about their history and why dioramas will be a key part of the new Bell Museum facility, read our FAQs. 

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