Blackbilled cuckoo from the museum's James Audubon folio

Art & Film

More than 1,500 artworks and artifacts

The Bell Museum’s outstanding art collection includes more than 1,500 artworks and artifacts. World-renowned wildlife dioramas, as well as prints, paintings, sculpture and wildlife films bring nature to life for museum visitors. A standout piece of the collection is the museum’s rareĀ Birds of America double elephant folio from renowned artist John James Audubon. It is one of about 100 complete sets in existence.

The museum has a long history of both producing and screening films that promote understanding of the natural world, including the award-winning documentary Minnesota: History of the Land and Troubled Waters: a Mississippi River Story. Thanks to a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation, the Bell Museum has restored and preserved several films from the Walter Breckenridge Archive as well as nature documentaries from as early as the 1920s.

Collection Curator

Don Luce