September 1 marked the 100-year anniversary of the passing of the last passenger pigeon. Mark the milestone by visiting our diorama to see one of the few existing nests, read the latest research on the extinction from our curator Bob Zink, or watch an excerpt from Minnesota: History of the Land.
Museum Closed September 8-10
The Bell Museum will be closed to the public September 8-10 as our curatorial staff undertakes an effort to clean, document and assess our diorama collection.
Learn More About the Bell Museum Dioramas
The Bell Museum is well known for its internationally-renowned natural history dioramas. To learn more about their history and why dioramas will be a key part of the new Bell Museum facility, read our FAQs.
Meet a Minnesota Moose
The Moose at Gunflint Lake has always been a beloved diorama. New additions give visitors the chance to discover how heavy antlers are, guess mystery objects and learn about current research on declining species numbers.
Admission: Members & U-Students / Faculty / Staff: free Adults: $8 Seniors (62 & older): $7 Youths age 3-17, non U-students: $5 Children under 3: free Free admission for all visitors on Sundays
Location: The Bell Museum is located at the corner of University Ave. & 17th Ave. SE in Minneapolis, on the University of Minnesota campus. View a map Also, our research collections and academic curators are housed in various locations on the University's campus in St. Paul.