Audubon Animated

The Exhibit

Audubon animated posterJanuary 25–May 31, 2020

Icon for Audio description availableicon for wheelchair accessibilitySee Audubon’s Birds of America come to life in this multimedia exhibition! Walk into the immersive video room “The Audubon Experience” and find yourself surrounded by a virtual swamp and forest where 20 of Audubon’s birds are brought to life through motion and sound.

The Audubon Experience is unique,” says Don Luce, Bell curator of exhibits. “It’s a walk-in, immersive experience using Audubon’s art animated in an environmental setting.”

The exhibition will also include selections from the Bell’s rare double elephant folio of Birds of America, one of fewer than 120 in the world. See these original, recently conserved prints from our collection, as well as interpretive panels and materials from our Audubon and the Art of Birds exhibit.

Sketch like Audubon activity, drawing a blue jay on a gridThe immersive experience is from OLO creative farm, commissioned by the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 2017. Audubon images courtesy of Joel Oppenheimer, Inc. Immersive sound design by notclub; technical support by Ezra Birt.

Learn about Audubon’s life and travels, and flex your creative and observational muscles in a “Draw like Audubon” hands-on experience. Audubon made his perfectly sized and proportioned drawings using a grid method, and you can give it a try, too!

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Audubon Animated will include work by Bell resident artist Donald Thomas focused on birds, habitat, and climate change.

Audubon Experience Yoga

Bell visitors doing yoga in Horizon Hall

Start your weekend off on the right foot with balanced poses in the Bell Museum’s exhibition Audubon, Animated. This 60-minute gentle hatha-style class will be held in the immersive video installation “The Audubon Experience,” and include movements inspired by birds, a bird-themed guided relaxation, and meditation accompanied by birdsong.

Diorama Tours

A detail from one of the Bell's dioramas

Dive deep into the dioramas with expert guests. Learn about bird behavior, identify bird species in the dioramas, and explore threats to diversity. These will be at 6:15 and 7:15 pm during After Hours events on February 19, March 18, April 15, and May 20, as well as select Sundays at 1:30 pm (February 16, March 15, April 19, and May 17).

After Hours: Birds

Detail of an owl from the Cascade River diorama

Enjoy an evening at the museum! Curate your night from a host of activities, including a bird diorama tour and “Birds Through Dakota Eyes,” a talk about birds in Dakota language and culture with University of Minnesota senior Dakota language specialist Čhaŋtémaza (Neil McKay).

Stories & Science Book Club

Cover of The Feather Thief

Join us at Ramsey County Library in Roseville for a new book club focusing on nonfiction books about science and featuring guest facilitators from the Bell. For our next session, we’ll read and discuss The Feather Thief, by Kirk Wallace Johnson.

Generously supported by

Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation