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Bell Museum residency programs provide long-term learning opportunities and a chance for students to work with University of Minnesota scientists and museum professionals. Over several weeks and regular visits by our teaching staff, we introduce you and your class to animals, museum collections, displays, scientific equipment and more. Whatever your learning objectives—to integrate life science into your curriculum, to understand how scientists conduct research, or to connect students with the environment in their neighborhood—a Bell Museum residency is an effective, creative, cost effective tool to achieve these goals.

Transportation Fee: Please contact for pricing, (612) 626-9660
Grade Levels: K - 8

Residency Curriculum Options

Mammals Among Us

Using methods of scientific inquiry and real museum specimens, investigate the diversity of living mammals and answer such questions as "How can a cheetah run so fast?", "Why does a horse eat like a horse?", "How do bats 'see' using sound?" and "Why do some mammals live alone while others form herds?"

Mealworms and the Scientific Method

Introduce your students to the scientific method through this unforgettable program. Your students will get the chance to conduct a month-long science experiment using their own live mealworms. They'll determine the impact of diet on their mealworms' growth using making observations and collecting data over time. Bell educators visit your classroom twice - at the beginning and the conclusion of the experiment to summarize data and observations - and will provide everything you need to care for and experiment with the mealworms. (grades 3-8 only)

Swimming in the Schools

Bring an aquatic ecosystem to your classroom. Introduce your students to native Minnesota fish species including bass, sunfish, perch, stone rollers, sculpin and long nose gar and discover the fascinating behaviors and unique adaptations. In addition, receive the use of 12-foot fish banners highlighting fish of Minnesota and the Gulf of Mexico, and a museum fish collection.

Visiting Invertebrates

Explore the world of invertebrates through Madagascar hissing cockroaches, African millipedes and much more. Find the answers to such questions as "How do you protect yourself if you have no bones?", "What makes a spider an arachnid, a cockroach an insect and what is a super organism?"  Students will take part in self-developed experiments and learn how to care for these unique creatures.


For details and information about transportation scholarships, as well as general residency inquiries, contact or (612) 626-9660.