Thank you for visiting the website for Minnesota’s Natural History Museum – the Bell Museum at the University of Minnesota. I am honored to lead the Advisory Board that guides this important scientific and cultural resource for new, eager minds to explore our past, investigate the present and protect our future. I encourage you to explore the website and learn more about this treasured museum and planetarium.
The Advisory Board has established a number of short-term goals. The most important of these is to improve the museum’s public facility and add a state-of-the-art planetarium. The current 1940-era building lacks many of the amenities a 21st century audience expects, and it limits the museum’s ability to educate and inspire. If approved and constructed, a new Bell Museum and Planetarium will expand on its tradition of providing hands-on experiences for Minnesotans grounded in the best of current University research.
My goal—and that of the museum—is to spark your imagination and involvement. Browse the website and review the building information below. Contact me with your comments or questions.
Steve Birke, Chair, Bell Museum Advisory Board
February 25, 2014
Legislation is introduced to provide funding for a new Bell Museum and Planetarium facility, and also for construction of outdoor education areas. The specific bills are HF2041 and HF2042, and SF1763 and SF1764.
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 by downloading 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. Or browse our FAQs page.
A pre-design report was recently completed for the proposed Bell Museum and Planetarium.
The Falcon Heights City Council passed a resolution supporting the project.
This public museum needs your involvement and creativity.