Planning for a new Bell Museum facility began in 1995 and our first bonding request was in Spring 2008. Delays have been beyond our control. The limitations of our current building are not going away, and community needs for our programs are increasing.
It is hard to consider leaving this building, which has been our home since 1940. The University intends to renovate the building for the Goldstein Museum of Design and associated College of Design faculty and students—a process that will preserve the building’s historic character.
The additional space at the new site would allow us to add a 120-seat digital planetarium and network with planetaria around the state of Minnesota and neighboring states. [View map] We also would integrate outdoor educational experiences into our programs. We will be able to provide a greater variety of science and arts programs for visiting school children, families and young adults. Also, a new facility would offer greatly improved access to people with disabilities and better access to parking.
Eleven of the best Jaques dioramas will be moved to the new building. We are still determining what to do with the remaining dioramas, but our goal is to preserve them for the enjoyment of future generations.
Our iconic outdoor bronze tableau of a Moose fighting off three wolves will be moved and installed on the new site.
Right here online! The Advisory Board section of our website is where have been posting information about the project, and where we will continue to do so!
Contact your legislator as soon as possible to explain why you love the Bell Museum and Planetarium, and ask for their support of the state funding. Also, sign up for our email listserve to keep up to date with the project.
Here are the community members who have stepped forward to guide the museum.
View the Advisory Board's short-term goals for the museum.
Learn more about the proposed new museum facility. Also, download a fact sheet or a set of maps that document a portion of our statewide service. Read the 1872 legislation that created our museum and mission.
The Falcon Heights City Council passed a resolution supporting the project.
This public museum needs your involvement and creativity.