Tundra swans at the Minnesota River Valley diorama

Welcome to the Bell Museum

We are reopening July 16!

We are Minnesota’s official natural history museum and planetarium. Our new home on the University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities campus in St. Paul features a digital planetarium, high-tech exhibits, our famous wildlife dioramas, outdoor learning experiences and more.

A Museum Without Boundaries

Today more than ever before the Bell is a museum without boundaries, sharing virtual experiences, activities, and ways to dive deeper into the world around you, whether you’re exploring online, from your window, out in nature, or looking up at the stars. Click here to support the Bell.

Peter Kennedy, fungi collection curator at the Bell Museum

Putting Mushrooms on the Map

Get to know Peter Kennedy, the Bell’s curator of fungi.

After a few minutes chatting with Peter Kennedy, fungi collection curator at the Bell Museum, it’s easy to picture him starring in a survival show called “The Mushroom Hunter.” Given his in-depth expertise about fungi, he’s someone you would like to have along if you’re lost in the forest, trying to survive on wild porcini, morels, and chanterelles.

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