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Traveling Exhibits

The Bell Museum of Natural History develops and circulates exhibitions on a broad range of topics!

These exhibitions instill a greater appreciation of our natural world and promote a better understanding of contemporary ecological issues. Although many are designed for small-to medium-sized spaces, these have traveled to museums of all sizes throughout the United States and Canada. Most require gallery installation, but several are self-supporting, lightweight, and easily assembled. These are ideal for bookings in either museum or non-museum settings, such as visitor centers, schools, and libraries. 

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Audubon and The Art of Birds Available for booking summer 2014

Featuring newly conserved prints from the Bell Museum’s complete Birds of America double-elephant folio. The exhibition puts Audubon’s work in context with examples of the finest ornithological art from the Renaissance to the present day.

Sustainable Shelter: Dwelling within the Forces of Nature

Activities, graphic panels, and multimedia engage visitors in an exploration of innovative building technologies and strategies.

Hungry Planet: What the World Eats

Mesmerizing photos and activities that explore 21st century food issues.

Wolves and Wild Lands in the 21st Century

A compelling, continental perspective on wolves today.

Touch the Sky

Photographs of the American Prairie by Jim Brandenburg.

Chased by the Light: A 90 Day Journey

Photography by Jim Brandenburg.

The Lion's Mane

Researchers unravel the mystery of why male lions have manes.

The Hidden World of Bears

Photos by renowned bear scientist Dr. Lynn Rogers trace his research into the behavior of wild bears.

Francis Lee Jaques: Master Artist of the Wild

Original paintings and drawings trace the life and explorations of an artist and naturalist.

Exotic Aquatics of the Great Lakes Region: The Biology of Infestations

Lamprey, zebra mussels, purple loose strife, spiny water flea—where did they come from, how did they get here, and what can be done to stop them?

Exploring Evolution: Discovering How Life Changes

Showcases the process of natural selection and the response of organisms to their environment.

Fruits of Decay: Mushrooms of the Midwest

A photographic exhibit highlighting some of the more common mushrooms found in the upper midwest.

Peregrine Falcon: The Return of an Endangered Species

A good news story of an endangered species rescued from the brink of extinction.

The Photography of Jim Brandenburg

40 images from National Geographic and other photo assignments.

Saving Endangered Species, Saving Ourselves

An examination of endangered species as warning signals to greater environmental problems.

The Shell Game: Clam Fishing and the Pearl Button Industry

Explores the importance of freshwater mussels in the economy of the upper Mississippi River.

Understanding Life's Connections

Common threads running through the fabric of biology.

Exhibiting Details

A list of booking procedures are available online.

To arrange an exhibition, contact our Touring Exhibitions Coordinator at or by phone at (612) 624-1342.

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