The Minnesota Legislature has passed a bonding bill that included funding for continued renovation of the State Capitol, flood mitigation and the Minneapolis Veterans Home. A much larger bill that included funding for a new Bell Museum and Planetarium failed to pass the Minnesota House. We wish to thank everyone for the time invested in advocating for the project. We've posted information on our website to explain the project as well as a growing list of FAQs about the project.
The recent Bell Social celebrated the works of the Spring 2013 Bell Museum Resident Artist Research Project artists. To read In the Abstract, the poem that Resident Artist Laurie Allmann (pictured) referred to during her presentation at the Social, visit her website. Artist Sonja Peterson's installation No Man is an Island is currently on display in the Bell's Jaques Gallery.
Registration for 2013 Science Discovery Day Camps is underway, and the Bell has two scholarship options available for both free and reduced cost camps. [read more]
Author Sue Leaf's latest book, A Love Affair with Birds is the first full biography of Thomas Sadler Roberts, former Bell Museum Director and "father of Minnesota ornithology." Roberts' efforts played a key role in the museum's founding. [read more]
On March 1, 1872 the Minnesota legislature approved "An Act to provide for a geological and natural history survey of the state..." and in turn, that "natural history and geological specimens be prepared, and a museum to be established at the university." The Bell Museum of Natural History was born! 140 years later, the Bell Museum still serves as the cradle of innovation for science and culture at the University of Minnesota.