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  • Happy New Year

    Published01/03/2019

    2018 was a wild ride, from moving the dioramas and finishing exhibits to finally opening the doors to the new Bell Museum on July 14.
  • Minnesota Skies: January 2019

    Published12/27/2018 , By Parke Kunkle

    Cosmic treats to ring in the new year: Venus, Jupiter, and Mars will be visible all month & a Super Moon total lunar eclipse on January 20… This and more in the latest astro-news!
  • A Curious Gift Guide

    Published12/06/2018

    Explore a curated collection of unique gift specimens for the science geek, nature nut, and space case in your life. Member bonus: Get 20% off December 13-16!
  • 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.
  • Minnesota Skies: December 2018

    Published11/27/2018 , By Parke Kunkle

    More than a dozen times each year, you can witness “shooting stars” in an annual meteor shower. Don’t let the cold scare you away from the impressive the Geminid meteor shower in December. Also, see the latest in astro-news!
  • Minnesota Skies: November

    Published10/30/2018 , By Parke Kunkle

    How far can you see with the naked eye? Maybe a few tens of miles from a mountain top on a clear day? how about 2.5 million light years away to the Andromeda Galaxy?
  • Bell Field Notes Project

    Published10/17/2018

    As you work your way through the new Bell Museum, you may spot what looks like chalk drawings of creatures and concepts high up on the wall. Those represent “field notes”—a way that scientists and others record observations. By making notes, collecting specimens, and seeking evidence, scientists are able to…
  • Minnesota Skies: October

    Published10/02/2018 , By Parke Kunkle

    Be sure to enjoy the sweet but less-caloric treats in the October sky… Mars, Saturn, and the Northern Cross.
  • Minnesota Skies: September

    Published09/03/2018 , By Parke Kunkle

    Let’s compare the two brightest stars currently shining in Minnesota’s evening sky, Vega and Arcturus. Arcturus is the brightest star in the constellation of Boötes, and its diameter is about 25 times that of the sun! Our star will look like this in a few billion years.
  • Minnesota State Fair

    Published08/23/2018

    The 12-day run of the Minnesota State Fair is a fantastic opportunity to get to know Minnesota’s one and only land-grant University. Find the Bell Museum across the fairgrounds during the run of the Fair.