Collections

  • Ancient Wood: Finding Natural History in Carver, MN

    Published04/29/2021 , By Emily Dzieweczynski

  • Understanding a Diverse Environment through Data Collection

    Published04/13/2021 , By Emily Dzieweczynski

  • The Mollusk and Crustacean Collection

    Published03/22/2021 , By Nehwoen Luogon-Bojkov

    Sean Keogh shares how the Bell Museum Mollusk and Crustacean collection helps to further his research and expresses his appreciation for these amazing animals.
  • Putting Mushrooms on the Map

    Published06/29/2020 , By Eve Daniels

    After a few minutes chatting with Peter Kennedy, fungi collection curator at the Bell Museum, it’s easy to picture him starring in a survival show called “The Mushroom Hunter.” Given his in-depth expertise about fungi, he’s someone you would like to have along if you’re lost in the forest, trying…
  • Meet the Beetles

    Published06/09/2020

    Did you know we have a colony of dermestid beetles in the collections to prepare skeletons from carcasses?
  • City Stardust: Micrometeorites in Our Own Backyards

    Published

    Micrometeorites are some of the oldest matter that exists. Until recently, scientists searched for them only in remote places, such as the Antarctic, where pristine conditions ensured that these mineral specks really came from space. Experts assumed that it would be impossible to find micrometeorites in inhabited areas, where natural…
  • Lichen Minded

    Published , By Eve Daniels

    Next time you’re out in nature, take a moment to look for the lichens. You’ll see their unique colors and patterns on the rocks, trees, and stone structures everywhere from Northern Minnesota to the world’s deserts, tropics, and tundras. A symbiotic organism that’s part fungi, part algae or cyanobacteria, lichens…
  • International Day for Biological Diversity

    Published05/18/2020 , By Adam Hartman & Heather Cummins

    As we kick off the first day of the week leading up to the International Day for Biological Diversity on Friday, let’s take a look at what it is and why it matters. The short version is that it’s a day the United Nations declared for increasing understanding and awareness…
  • Adventures in Plant Evolution

    Published05/13/2020 , By Eve Daniels

    Ya Yang hiked to a glacier in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Lightning cracked in the distance. Yang and her collaborators found the plant they were looking for, pulled it from the icy water, roots and all.
  • Reeling in the Centuries

    Published05/11/2020 , By Eve Daniels

    There are around 1.4 million licensed anglers in Minnesota, and they are surrounded by some 4,500 good fishing lakes. Whether you’re one of those 1.4 million, or you simply have a fascination with fishes, you can take some local pride in the fishes collection at the Bell Museum.