Art

  • Diorama Spotlight: Big Woods

    Published05/28/2020 , By Adam Hartman, gallery programs assistant

    During early European settlement of this continent, French traders referred to the more than 2,000 square miles of hardwood forest in what is now south-central Minnesota as the “Big Woods.” Not only was the forest vast, but the trees that grew there were huge (or “big”)! Today, all that remains…
  • #museumathome with Animal Crossing

    Published05/17/2020

    We’re talking about Animal Crossing: New Horizons across our social media platforms today.  Want to know more about the game and why museum folks—including our staff members—play? Jenny Stampe, associate director of public education and science learning, has some questions for her colleagues who play the game.
  • Diorama Spotlight: Beavers at Lake Itasca

    Published05/14/2020 , By Amber Kastner, public science events manager

    Completed in 1919, the Beavers at Lake Itasca diorama is the oldest in the current Bell Museum. After beginning its history in the Zoology building at the University of Minnesota, it was moved in 1940 to the former Bell Museum on Church Street before being transferred once more to its…
  • A Bell Volunteer’s Perspective

    Published05/11/2020 , By Ward Tongen

    Enjoy this guest post from Bell volunteer Ward Tongen.
  • Earth Day 2020

    Published04/20/2020 , By Adam Hartman, gallery programs assistant

  • Curious About: Juno

    Published , By Thaddeus LaCoursiere, planetarium educator

    Head outside in the predawn hours and look in the sky low to the southeast. There you can spot the largest and first planet to form in our solar system: Jupiter. With binoculars or a telescope, you can see bright moons orbiting around Jupiter; stripes and bands in its atmosphere;…
  • Diorama Spotlight: Lake Pepin’s Sand Point

    Published04/17/2020 , By Amber Kastner, public science events manager

  • A Successful Failure: A Brief History of the Apollo 13 Mission

    Published , By Kaitlin Ehret, planetarium outreach educator

    With ingenuity, resilience, and perseverance, everyone involved in the Apollo 13 mission triumphed against immense odds. Today marks the 50th anniversary of the safe return of those three astronauts. Join us this as we take a look at the challenges of the mission and these lessons from the past can…
  • 30th Anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope

    Published04/16/2020

    For thirty years, the Hubble Space Telescope has provided us with discovery and awe-inspiring images from the cosmos. On April 24th, NASA will celebrate the anniversary of Hubble’s launch aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery by releasing a stunning new image yet to be seen by the public. Mark your calendars…
  • A Bird’s-Eye View of Climate Change

    Published02/24/2020 , By Gretchen Zampogna

    Donald Thomas, the Bell Museum’s second resident artist of 2019-20, created an eagle affirmation mirror reflecting the relationship between the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers and climate change, with the eagle representing nature’s view of climate change.