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Bell Museum scientists are at work in the treetops of Papua New Guinea's tropical forests, in the rivers of the southern United States, the capitals of Europe and right here - in Minnesota. Their research provides important baseline data for scientists and conservationists and creates a record of the earth's biological diversity. Through this research and in turn, sharing the research with the public, the Bell Museum has earned a reputation as one of the top research museum's in the United States. 

Read about the latest research from Bell Curator of Mammals, Professor Sharon Jansa, who has been studying rapid evolution in opossums and other species.


The Bell Museum houses a vast scientific collection as well as valuable art and film collections that emphasize natural history.


Contact or learn more about our departmental Curators and their ongoing work in their fields.

Graduate Opportunities

Discover opportunities for further graduate-level study and research at the Bell Museum.

Partnership Opportunities

Partner with the Bell Museum to engage the public with your scientific research and projects.


This exciting annual event pairs Citizens and Scientists together to raise public awareness of a local area's biological diversity.


Working to understand the impact of human structures on migrating birds.