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Enhance your learning and get to know the collections of the Bell Museum through our tour opportunities including standard Bell Museum tours as well as special exhibit tours.

Tours listed below, are for group bookings, and should be booked in advance. Download an information sheet.

Group Tours for Adults

Diorama Tour

60 minutes, $8 adults/$6 students & seniors; must be reserved with group
The renowned diorama halls of the Bell Museum tell the story of Minnesota’s nature and ecology through time. From moose to bald eagles, badgers to wolves—get a slice- of-life view of amazing Minnesota animals and observe how their habitats, based on real Minnesota places, have changed from the early 1900s to the present day. Did you know that the dioramas double as an invaluable art collection? Study the groundbreaking technique and distinctive style of distinguished diorama artist Francis Lee Jaques.

Diorama Plus Tour

90 minutes, $10 adults/$8 students & seniors; must be reserved with group
Experience the Diorama Tour plus an extra 30 minutes to visit a special gallery exhibition, interact with real objects from the scientific collections in the Touch & See Discovery Room, or deepen your knowledge in the diorama halls.

Curator Tour: Diorama Hall

60 minutes, diorama or diorama plus rates + $60 curator add-on; must be reserved with group
Delve into the Bell Museum’s iconic dioramas from the perspective of a museum curator. One of our resident experts will help you engage with the art, history, and science that make the diorama displays an inimitable resource for environmental learning against the backdrop of sweeping global and local changes to climate, habitats, ecosystems, and wildlife populations. From a busy lodge of taxidermy beavers to a prairie molded in delicate hand-painted wax—your Bell Museum curator will lead the discussion into how and why dioramas were made, how they are maintained and preserved, and what they can tell us about the history and future of Minnesota’s natural world.

Eyes on the Universe Exhibit Exploration

60 minutes, $6.50 adults; must be reserved with a group
Take part in one half-hour of interactive explorations and one half-hour of both guided and self-led exploration of our latest exhibit, Eyes on the Universe.

 


To make reservations for a tour or for further information, please call (612) 626-9660 or email: belladm@umn.edu. The reservation desk is open Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. - 4:30p.m.