Collections

  • Going to Bat for Biodiversity

    Published10/31/2019 , By Eve Daniels

    Curator Sharon Jansa sees the mammals collection as a window into understanding past biodiversity & how we can shape and approach the future.
  • Illuminating Forms: Shedding Light on Endangered Species

    Published09/26/2019 , By Gretchen Zampogna

    As part of the Bell Museum’s 2019-20 resident artist cohort, sculpture and fiber artist Anna Cerelia Battistini toured our collections and galleries to discover ways of connecting her art to our scientific specimens and other offerings.
  • Mapping Change: Set One Complete!

    Published09/24/2019

    Thanks to our dedicated transcribers, we’ve just finished our first dataset on our citizen science project, Mapping Change! 4,425 volunteers, 106,584 classifications & 17,713 specimen records!
  • Meet Tim Whitfeld

    Published08/29/2019 , By Gretchen Zampogna

    Tim Whitfeld, who became collections manager for the herbarium on June 1, grew up in a rural area of the United Kingdom. He spent his childhood hiking the footpaths that crisscross the countryside—and fishing. “I think being out in nature was what piqued my interest [in natural history]. I also…
  • Wicked Plants of Minnesota

    Published , By Tim Whitfeld

    Ahead of our Wicked Plants exhibit, opening September 21, we checked in with Tim Whitfeld at the herbarium to find out which plants he considers the wickedest around. The photos are courtesy of the Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas. Here are his top three:
  • Freezing to Life

    Published06/02/2019 , By Eve Daniels

    The museum’s genetic collection will not only help to fill in gaps in current research. It will also serve as a critical resource for future generations.
  • Conserving Audubon’s ‘Birds’

    Published03/01/2019 , By Don Luce

    No single person better represents the integration of science, art, and nature than John James Audubon (1785-1851). Read more about the eccentric genius behind Birds of America and how you can see his work in person at the Bell—for a limited time!
  • Research Brief: Voyageurs Wolf Project

    Published12/13/2018 , By Andria Waclawski

    The Voyageurs Wolf Project has followed GPS-collared wolves from over seven different packs since 2015, but the “Bowman Bay” pack was recently caught displaying a unique behavior: hunting freshwater fish.
  • Touch & See Lab at 50

    Published11/30/2018 , By Meleah Maynard

    Opened in 1968, the Touch & See Room was the first of its kind at any natural history museum in the country. Fifty years later, the revamped Touch & See Lab is now open in its new spacious, airy home in St. Paul.
  • Call for Artists

    Published11/14/2018

    The Bell Museum is seeking four resident artists for the 2019-2020 cycle of our Resident Artist Research Project, open exclusively to artists living and working in Minnesota.