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Birds and the Bees: A Valentine's Picnic

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The great outdoors are indoors at the Bell Museum making it the perfect place for an intimate Valentine's Day picnic with your special someone or friends. We're turning the lights down for this evening event among the dioramas and focusing on the "birds and the bees"—quite literally in fact! Enjoy special honey bee programming and the opportunity to tour Audubon and the Art of Birds, Birds & DNA and From the Field.

Friday, February 14, 2014

6 p.m. Museum & bar open until 9 p.m., reservations required 

NEW in 2014 
This year, we invite you to enjoy the full picnic experience—you can bring in your very own picnic meal to the Bell! We've got dessert, drinks, ambiance, programs—and more, covered! Whether it's a basket filled with fine al fresco hors d'ouevres,  your favorite warm and hearty fare shared with friends, or take-out for two from a local eatery, dine in this truly unique setting on this special day.


What's more to love? All proceeds from diorama reservations and ticket sales go to support Bell Museum Adult Programs, including Café Scientifique, BIG Thursday and Sketch Night.

Evening includes...
• complimentary glass of wine or beer, cash bar available for additional purchases
• dessert: cupcakes from award-winning local bakery Salty Tart
• complimentary parking (one voucher per small diorama, two per large diorama)
• tour Audubon and the Art of Birds, Birds & DNA and From the Field: Bird Paintings by Jim Rataczak
• honey bee programming and activities in the Touch & See Discovery Room
• picnic blanket or table at private diorama
• museum admission
• giveaways and door prizes
• after-hours access to Minnesota's Natural History Museum!

Tickets:
$15 per person
Diorama Reservation: $40 - $70, depending on size. Cost is separate from dinner, see specifics below.

NOTE: This event is geared toward an adults-only audience.
 



Reserve your picnic spot! Here's how:

1) Choose which diorama in front of which you'd like to dine. A list of dioramas are below, as well as the price for reserving the spot. Dining at the diorama can be done on a picnic blanket for a casual and authentic feel, or at a table for an up close seated experience.

2) Determine the number of guests in your party. Ticket cost is $15 per person.

3) Call us at (612) 626-9660 to make your reservation and purchase your spot and meals.
 
Map of Dioramas

 


Diorama Options:

 Sold_DioramaExploraDome Theater: Picnic Beneath the Stars


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ExploraDome Theater Reservation: $160 general public, $140 Bell Members & UMN students
Seating Capacity: 2-8
(note: picnic blanket only, no table option)


Large Diorama Options:

Reservation: $70 general public, $60 Bell Museum Members & UMN students
Capacity: 2 - 6 people
Seating:
picnic blanket or table, specify preference during reservation


Sold_DioramaAmerican Elk Diorama
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Sold_DioramaBeaver Diorama
diorama_beavers

Sold_DioramaBlack Bear Diorama
diorama_bears

Sold_DioramaBig Woods Diorama
Diorama_BigWoods

Sold_DioramaCaribou Diorama
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Sold_DioramaConiferous Forest Diorama
Diorama_ConifForest

Sold_DioramaDall Sheep Diorama
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Heron Lake Diorama
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Sold_DioramaLake Pepin Diorama
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Sold_DioramaMoose Diorama
diorama_Moose

Sold_DioramaPipestone Prairie Diorama
Diorama_PipestonePrairie

Sold_DioramaSandhill Cranes Diorama
Diorama_SandhillCranes

Sold_DioramaSnow Geese Diorama
Diorama_Snowgeese

Sold_DioramaTundra Swans Diorama
Diorama_tundraswans

Sold_DioramaWhitetail Deer Diorama
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Sold_DioramaWolves Diorama
diorama_Wolves
 


Small Diorama Options:

Reservation: $50 general public, $40 Bell Members & UMN students
Capacity: 2 people
Seating:
table recommended due to diorama height, picnic blanket is still available. Specify preference during reservation.

Sold_DioramaBadger Diorama
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Sold_DioramaBlue Heron Diorama
Diorama_BlueHeron

Sold_DioramaBobcat Diorama
Diorama_Bobcat

Sold_DioramaCormorant Diorama
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Sold_DioramaCoyote Diorama
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Sold_DioramaGolden Eagle Diorama
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Sold_DioramaGrebes Diorama
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Sold_DioramaLoon Diorama
Vweb_Loon

Sold_DioramaLynx Diorama
Lynx_Diorama

Sold_DioramaMarten Fisher Diorama
Vweb_MartenFisher

Sold_DioramaOtter Diorama
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Sold_DioramaPheasants Diorama
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Raccoon Diorama
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Sold_DioramaRed Fox Diorama
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