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Museum Info
: (612) 626-9660 . www.bellmuseum.org • 10 Church Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
Parking is available in the nearby 4th Street Ramp and the Church Street Garage. Some metered parking is available on surrounding streets.
 


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Exhibit Opening

River Sojourn: A Painter’s Portfolio of the Mississippi River Blufflands

October 11, 2014 - January 4, 2015
Jaques Gallery, free with museum admission

For the past two years, Sara Lubinski has been trekking bluffs and valleys with sketchbook, pencils, paints and canvas. Specifically, the blufflands—also called the Driftless Region. These bluffs were skipped over by the last glaciation and were not flatten and buried. Streams have cut deep valleys through the limestone bedrock leaving high bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River, creating a landscape not found anywhere else in our region.

Always an artist, Lubinski also trained as a botanist and worked for 25 years as a plant ecologist in the blufflands. This exhibition of approximately 50 paintings, drawings, and field sketches will engage visitors in Lubinski's artistic quest to explore the beauty of this unique landscape.
 



Café Scientifique

Einstein: The Old Sage Versus The Young Turk

Tuesday, October 21, doors 6 p.m., program at 7 p.m.

at Bryant Lake Bowl, tickets $5-$12, available online or at the door

Drawing on his work for the Einstein Papers Project and his collaborations with scholars at the Max Planck Institute for History of Science in Berlin, Michel Janssen will explain, in layperson's terms, the scientific methodology behind the spectacular successes of the young Einstein (special and general relativity and early contributions to quantum theory). He will then show how some of Einstein's personal experiences during World War I played a key role in making the older Einstein adopt a very different methodology, one no longer driven by empirical data but by mathematical elegance. This Café Scientifique promises to be an entertaining mix of history, philosophy, and physics.

Michel Janssen has long been interested in making the results of his research on the history and philosophy of modern physics accessible to a broader audience. A professor in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine program at the University of Minnesota, Janssen has been offering a popular seminar called Einstein for Everyone. He is also one of the editors of The Cambridge Companion to Einstein, which likewise aims at a broad audience.

 



Saturday with a Scientist

The Engineer’s Sandbox

Saturday, October 25, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., free with museum admission

Spend Saturday with scientists Joe Labuz and Kimberly Hill from the Department of Civil Engineering here at the University of Minnesota as we explore something we’re all familiar with, but may not know a lot about—sand!

Watch demonstrations by Labuz and his graduate students, or listen to Hill talk about “the art and science of sand.” Curious about quicksand? Quicksand is not any special type of sand, but is a state that normal sand can be in under certain conditions—learn how with the quicksand tank. See sand up close under microscopes and even test the strength of sand by exploring sand’s ability to withstand landslides and friction forces.

 



Astronomy Event

Special Lecture: Viewing the Birth of the Universe from the Bottom of the World

Thursday, October 30, 7 p.m., presented with the Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics
Bell Museum Auditorium, free and open to the public


At one time the origin and fate of the Universe in which we find ourselves was the subject of speculation by mystics and philosophers. Now it is a hard, data driven science—although some mysteries remain!

Professor Clem Pryke will guide you through the current state of knowledge, from the discovery of cosmic expansion to dark matter and dark energy. Then journey back in cosmic time to the first instant of the Big Bang and learn about the recent evidence for gravitational waves coming from the BICEP2 radio telescope located at the South Pole. Pryke’s lecture will be followed by a Q&A session, plus free viewing of Eyes on the Universe in the West Gallery.


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Saturday with a Scientist

Surviving Extremes: Parched Plants and Frozen Frogs

Saturday, November 1, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., free with museum admission

Join biologists Amanda Gorton and Marta Lyons in an exploration of adaptations to extreme environments.

At November's Saturday with a Scientist, learn about the interesting and surprisingly similar innovations plants, frogs and salamanders use to survive in hot weather, cold conditions and arid deserts. Come see some of these cool organisms in real life!


 

Gallery Conversation

River Sojourn with Sara Lubinski

Thursday, November 6, 5:30 p.m.
Jaques Gallery, free with museum admission


For the past two years, artist Sara Lubinski has been trekking the bluffs and valleys of the Driftless Region. These blufflands were skipped over by the last glaciation and weren't flattened and buried. Instead, streams  have cut deep valleys through the limestone bedrock leaving high bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River.

Drawing on her experience as a botanist, Lubinski has created a series of paintings that record habitats there that are not found anywhere else in our region, on display in River Sojourn. In this informal gallery tour, Lubinski will discuss her artistic quest to explore the beauty of this unique landscape.
 



Sketch Night

Sketch Night: Rivers

Thursday, November 6, 6:30 p.m., free with museum admission

At November's sketch night we put the spotlight on rivers. Explore the constantly changing path and life along a river from otters to mussels and sketch our river-related specimens. 



Sketch Night, (now in its 5th year!) is an informal sketching evening where accomplished illustrators, casual hobbyists and budding artists can gather to draw a variety of themed specimens from the Bell Museum's extensive collections.

Special thanks to Sketch Night sponsor, Wet Paint!
 



ExploraDome Theater Shows at BIG Thursday


Thursday, November 6, 6:30 p.m., 7:15 p.m.
 reserve tickets

Catch an ExploraDome Theater program...in the evening! The first Thursday of each month the Bell Museum stays open until 9 p.m., with extra activities including planetarium shows.

In November, watch Zoom! From Earth to the Edge of the Universe. The audience decides where to go in this show, from Earth to the edge of the observable universe and anywhere in between. The journey will help visitors appreciate the scale of the solar system, galaxy, and universe; the vast distance separating celestial objects; and how these objects change over time.
 



Café Scientifique

The Lives and Times of Ice Age Mammoths and Mastodons

Tuesday, November 18, doors 6 p.m., program at 7 p.m.

at Bryant Lake Bowl, tickets $5-$12, available online or at the door

Mammoths and mastodons are among the most well-known species of the North American and Eurasian megafauna. In the early 19th century, comparisons of their bones to those of the African and Asian elephants by Georges Cuvier established the concept of species extinction.

During the November Café, guest David Fox will describe how contemporary paleontologists study the anatomy, ecology, and behavior of these emblematic fossil elephants. Fox’s research focuses on the roles of climate and habitat change on the evolution of ecosystems over geological timescales. His projects use the stable isotope geochemistry of sedimentary rocks, fossils, and modern animals, and the morphology of teeth to reconstruct aspects of the diet of extinct mammals, as well as aspects of their environment.


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Exhibitions

Birds & DNA: Biodiversity and Mountain Islands

Free with museum admission, lobby gallery
Most of the forests of the Caucasus Mountains are being cut and their birds are at risk. These forest birds look similar to other species found in Europe, but are they really the same? A team of researchers from the University of Minnesota, along with Russian colleagues, are turning to DNA to answer that important question. If they are distinct populations, what conservation efforts need to happen to protect the birds of the Caucasus Mountains? Dive into the world of DNA in this new exhibit, and discover the mysteries of hidden biodiversity!

 


 

ExploraDome Theater

Enjoy public daytime shows Friday through Sunday! Purchase Tickets

Friday
3 p.m.   Zoom! From Earth to the Edge of the Universe

Saturday
1 p.m.   Zoom! From Earth to the Edge of the Universe
2 p.m.  Gravity Always Wins: The Death (and Life) of Stars - NEW
3 p.m.  Zoom! From Earth to the Edge of the Universe

Sunday
1 p.m.   Zoom! From Earth to the Edge of the Universe
2 p.m.  Gravity Always Wins: The Death (and Life) of Stars - NEW
3 p.m.  Zoom! From Earth to the Edge of the Universe

ExploraDome Theater tickets are available online or by phone (612) 624-2345. Shows routinely sell out in advance. We highly recommend reserving your tickets online. [Purchase Tickets] Limited rush tickets may be available at the door starting two hours prior to the show time.