Press Room

The Bell Museum works with a wide range of experts in science, education, outreach and exhibitions. We also partner closely with our colleagues across the University of Minnesota and in other institutions around the world. Contact us to arrange for interviews with or comments from any of our scientists, researchers, educators or partners. If you are not a member of the press, please write to us at or see our Get Connected page.

Andria Waclawski, Senior Communications Manager

Lacey Nygard, Public Relations Consultant

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Press Releases & Media Alerts

Rendering of the lobby and planetarium cylinder at the new museum

Dome Construction Begins on Planetarium at the New Bell Museum


New Bell Museum features bird-safe glass windows – 4/3/17

U of M’s Bell Museum to host interactive displays in Capitol Rotunda - 3/13/17

Largest commercial installation of Thermally Modified Wood at the new Bell Museum + Planetarium - 2/15/17

Bell Museum closing December 31 to prep for St. Paul move - 12/20/16

Bell Museum throws final Bell Social with Har Mar Superstar - 12/1/16

Bell Museum seeking resident artists to interpret science - 12/6/16

Bell Museum and Planetarium names new executive director - 7/20/16

Greatest concentration of unique mammal species is on Philippine island - 7/18/16

Bell Museum exhibit explores Russia’s Primorye region - 6/16/16

Bell Museum launches the midwest’s first comprehensive online ‘Biodiversity Atlas’ - 5/8/16

Bell Museum hosts NASA astronaut and Minnesota native Josh Cassada - 1/6/16


The museum's galleries in Minneapolis are closed to prepare to move Minnesota's official natural history museum to its new home on the St. Paul campus. The new Bell Museum and Planetarium opens in summer 2018.

Additional information and photo assets (for editorial purposes only):
    Press kits for new museum project
    Museum photos

Construction Progress