• 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!
  • Space Fest Recap


    Thanks to the thousands who participated in our Year of Apollo kickoff, celebrating all things space at Space Fest, January 19-20!
  • Minnesota Skies: February 2019

    Published01/28/2019 , By Parke Kunkle

    How to view the Winter Circle, er Oval, and more in the latest astro-news!
  • Happy New Year


    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


    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


    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…