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Special Exhibits


Meltzoff exhibitStanley Meltzoff: The Great Sporting Fish

West gallery

Traveling widely to swim with his subjects, Stanley Meltzoff (1917–2006) was the first to truly capture the light, motion and dramatic action of underwater life. Experience the magic and mystery of the great marine sport fish through Meltzoff’s artwork and real specimens from scientific collections.


Impact-Home-ExhibitImpact: Birds in the Human–Built World

Jaques gallery

View Miranda Brandon's evocative photos and her artistic quest to generate new awareness and knowledge of the presence of birds in our everyday lives, expanding our capacity to understand the issues faced by birds moving through built spaces. 


 Birds_DNA_exhibitpage_graphicBirds & DNA: Biodiversity and Mountain Islands

Lobby gallery

The forests of the Caucasus Mountains are being cut and their forest birds are at risk. These forest birds look similar to the birds found in Europe, but are they really the same? If the Caucasus birds are unique species, what conservation efforts will be needed to protect them? Visit the Bell Museum to discover the secrets of hidden biodiversity.



Theiss-Home-ExhibitFeathers & Fins: The Art of Kellie Rae Theiss

Jaques gallery

Opening August 22: View the natural world through the eyes of a poet and artist whose take is both exacting and a little bit surreal. Theiss' sophisticated technique is based on the Renaissance masters she studied in Florence, Italy. Love of nature is her driving force.


Permanent Exhibits

Diorama-WolvesDiorama Halls

Ongoing, Part of the Bell Museum Permanent Exhibition Collection

The renowned Diorama Halls of the Bell Museum have been educating visitors for decades. From caribou to bald eagles and badgers to wolves—get a "slice of life" view of these incredible animals in their natural habitat settings. Many of our large dioramas depict actual locations in Minnesota.

Many dioramas are set against the work of well-known artist Francis Lee Jaques, a painter and illustrator best known for the distinctive style of his dioramas at the Bell Museum and American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

Take a virtual look at the Dioramas

PE-Touch-And-SeeTouch and See Discovery Room

Ongoing, Part of the Bell Museum Permanent Exhibition Collection

Visit the Touch and See Discovery Room—a place where you can find the answers to your questions about the natural world. Investigate wondrous objects, from a 10,000-year-old wooly mammoth tusk to a life-sized Kodiak bear, from an elephant skull to a living, moving snake.

Since its creation in 1968, the Touch and See Discovery room has been a favorite part of the Bell Museum for visitors of all ages.

Visit the exhibit page for the Touch and See Discovery Room

PE-RainforestUnder the Fig Leaf: Rainforest Research

Ongoing, Part of the Bell Museum Permanent Exhibition Collection

Explore the rainforest and learn about rainforest-related research being done by Bell scientists! Aerial walkways provide views from above the canopy in addition to ground-level observation offering an "in the forest" eye's view.  Learn more...