Art at the Bell

Celebrating the intersection of science and art

Throughout the museum, you may spot drawings of creatures and concepts high up on the walls. These field notes—hand painted from real sketches—represent how scientists, artists and others record observations. They are just one way we celebrate art and science at the Bell—from our renowned dioramas, life-like sculptures, and original planetarium productions to an art and film collection of over 1,500 works and artifacts!

DIY art

Stay up late with us for sketching and artmaking at Bell After Hours. These regular late nights feature an ever-changing array of unique specimens, guest artists, and more for one night only!

Sketchers are always welcome in the galleries. Ask our staff about specimen loans for art studies or arranging a group visit for your art class! Photography for personal use is encouraged throughout the museum galleries, and we love seeing your photos. Tag @bellmuseum on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Resident artists

Our Resident Artist Research Project offers artists an exclusive opportunity to engage with the museum’s scientific collections as well as University researchers while exploring art as a medium for interpreting science in the public realm. Residencies are 12-15 weeks long, during which time artists develop new work inspired by or in response to science research, collections and ways of knowing.

The Bell’s resident artist program is not taking new applications at this time. We hope to issue a call for applications in fall 2021.