Exhibits

  • Diorama Spotlight: Moose at Gunflint Lake

    Published06/13/2020 , By Amber Kastner, Public Science Events Manager

    In northern Minnesota, where the southern hardwood trees give way to the boreal forests of Canada, a unique transition area provides habitat for some of our state’s most iconic species. Along the border in particular, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness protects many of these plants and animals from development…
  • City Stardust: Micrometeorites in Our Own Backyards

    Published06/09/2020

    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…
  • 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.
  • Gift Cards for Curiosity Shop

    Published04/27/2020

    Can’t wait to explore the Curiosity Shop again? Support the Bell Museum’s mission to ignite curiosity and wonder by purchasing a gift card to the Curiosity Shop! Cards can be purchased with a credit card over the phone Monday–Friday (10 am–5 pm) by calling (612) 626-9660; please leave a message…
  • Earth Day 2020

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

  • Diorama Spotlight: Lake Pepin’s Sand Point

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

  • The Sandhill Crane Migration is On!

    Published04/09/2020 , By Anna Kottkamp

    Sandhill cranes have been spotted beginning their spring migration through Minnesota, giving us a chance to watch and learn about these extraordinary animals once on the brink of being endangered.