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  • Diorama Spotlight: Spring at Cascade River

    Published08/18/2020 , By Adam Hartman, gallery programs assistant

    It’s June in northern Minnesota. The north woods are full of new life and growth as spring begins its transition into summer. The sights and sounds of the forest are set against the ambient crashing of the Cascade River’s upper falls.
  • Minnesota Skies: August 2020


    Traditionally, Indigenous people keenly observed celestial objects, especially the Moon, and kept track of the passing of time. Each full Moon marked the passing of one month and reflected the “moon time” of women (menstruation). Seasonal activities that were culturally significant each month became the name of each month. Some…
  • Spreading Summer Science Fun


    This summer, we’ve been hard at work assembling and distributing STEAM activity kits to schools, youth development organizations, and social service centers. Our generous corporate partners have invested in this important work in the Twin Cities, with lead funding from Boston Scientific.
  • Diorama Spotlight: Tundra Swans at the Minnesota River Valley

    Published , By Adam Hartman, gallery programs assistant

  • Learning Landscape Activities


    Visit us on our Learning Landscape where you can walk our paths, pause for a moment of zen, or work on your observation skills. When you visit, try some of the activities you find here. Or try them wherever you get outside in nature #BellOutside.  
  • Bird Bingo


    Explore #BellOutside by playing along with this game of Bird Bingo. How many of these birds can you spot in the Learning Landscape or in your own neighborhood?
  • Happy National Moth Week!

    Published07/16/2020 , By Heather Cummins, gallery programs coordinator and Minnesota Master Naturalist

    National Moth Week (NMW) is a worldwide movement that began in 2012 to “celebrate the beauty, life cycles, and habitats of moths.” NMW encourages everyone, everywhere to become citizen scientists by contributing to global scientific data gathering for moths.
  • Experiencing Minnesota’s Dark Night Skies

    Published07/10/2020 , By Gretchen Zampogna

    Mike Shaw, the Bell Museum’s fourth resident artist of 2019-20, is using his night sky photography to help people experience the night sky at various levels of darkness and light pollution, comparing the same view from sites across Minnesota to show the effect of city lights on our ability to…
  • Announcing Minnesota’s Second Annual Statewide Star Party


    When you look up at the night sky, do you ever wonder how different it would look under really dark skies? What others across the state can see compared to what you see in your town? We invite you to participate in Minnesota’s second annual Statewide Star Party November 9–14,…
  • Minnesota Skies: July 2020

    Published06/30/2020 , By Deane Morrison, Thaddeus LaCoursiere & Sarah Komperud

    This month Jupiter and Saturn dominate the evening sky, while Venus climbs into prominence as a predawn planet.