Welcome to the new Bell Museum

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

Explore the far reaches of the universe in the Whitney and Elizabeth MacMillan Planetarium, see a glimpse of the diversity of life on Earth and throughout Minnesota, travel back in time to meet a woolly mammoth, and learn about University of Minnesota researchers imagining a better future.

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George Weiblen, the Bell’s science director and curator of plants

Predicting the Future With Plants

Get to know George Weiblen, the Bell’s science director and curator of plants.

What do a rare coconut from the Seychelles and a 100-year-old wildflower from Minnesota have in common? This might sound like the setup to a bad botany joke, but there’s a serious connection between them. Found on only two islands in the world, the endangered double coconut is currently threatened by sea level rise and habitat loss. The wildflower, a rue anemone, is still abundant in Minnesota, but today it blooms an average of two weeks earlier than it did a century ago.