Mission & Vision

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As Minnesota's state natural history museum, our mission is to ignite curiosity and wonder, explore our connections to nature and the universe, and create a better future for our evolving world.

The Bell Museum is part of the University of Minnesota's College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences. Below is a collection of guiding goals, to help steer both long and short-term decision making:

  • Educate and connect people to our natural world and universe


  • Provide a world class facility for learning


  • Improve facility access, and expand and diversify the museum’s audience


  • Diversify revenue sources by increasing earned revenue and strengthening fundraising


  • Combine the use of technology with excellent educators to create dynamic experiences


  • Engage diverse audiences with innovative programming


  • Develop new partnerships and expand our horizons through collaboration


  • Create enhanced diorama experiences

Annual Reports

Our reports summarize progress toward achieving our mission and inviting those curious about life to be part of the story.

Fiscal 2015 Brief