Group Tours

Exhibit Tour

Whether you're part of an organization or organizing a social gathering, enhance your learning and experience museum collections through our specialized tours, including diorama and exhibit tours, exclusive curator-led tours, and SPARK Memory Tours—designed for adults who are experiencing memory loss and their caregivers. Standard tour packages are listed below, but groups with special interests can arrange more specific tours by contacting the museum well in advance.

Minimum Group Size: 8 (unless noted); must be booked in advance.
Registration: contact us at 612-626-9660 or belladm@umn.edu.

Diorama Tour

60 minutes; $10 adults / $9 seniors / $7 students

The renowned diorama halls of the Bell Museum tell the story of Minnesota’s nature and ecology through time. From moose and bald eagles to badgers and wolves—get a slice of life view of amazing animals and observe how their habitats, based on real Minnesota places, have changed from the early 1900s to today. Dioramas double as an invaluable art collection, as well. Study the groundbreaking technique and distinctive style of distinguished diorama artist Francis Lee Jaques.

Diorama Plus Tour

90 minutes; $11 adults / $10 seniors / $8 students

Experience the Diorama Tour plus an extra 30 minutes in a special gallery exhibit, interacting with real objects from the scientific collections in the Touch & See Discovery Room, or deepen your knowledge in the diorama halls.

Curator Tour: Diorama Halls

60 minutes, Diorama / Diorama Plus rates + $60 curator add-on

Delve into the Bell Museum’s iconic dioramas from the perspective of a museum curator. One of our resident experts will help you engage with the art, history, and science that make these displays an inimitable resource for environmental learning against the backdrop of sweeping global and local changes to climate, habitats, ecosystems, and wildlife populations. From a busy lodge of taxidermy beavers to a prairie molded in delicate hand-painted wax—your curator will lead the discussion into how and why dioramas were made, how they are preserved, and what they can tell us about Minnesota’s natural world.

SPARK Memory Tour

60 minutes; $9/person (minimum 6), all staff or PCAs are free

Designed to provide opportunities for stimulating social and intellectual engagement for adults who are experiencing memory loss as well as their caregivers. Specially trained staff lead small, personalized tours that focus on Minnesota nature and creative storytelling using the museum’s highly visual and richly detailed dioramas as prompts. SPARK tours facilitate meaningful communication and connection for all members of the memory loss community—most importantly, they are fun for caregivers and care recipients alike!

Youth Tours

We offer memorable learning experiences for PreK-12 students through tours, science labs, and more. Field Trip programming is led by Bell Museum Intrepretive Guides--experienced University of Minnesota students with enthusiasm for science.

Learn more about Field Trips