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  • Minnesota Skies: February 2021

    Published01/19/2021 , By Sarah Komperud and Thaddeus LaCoursiere

    Orion the Hunter still strides across the evening sky as we continue to fight our way through our cloudy and snowy world. Known to them as the Wintermaker, the Ojibwe connected together the same stars as the Greeks and Romans and extended his arms to the stars Procyon (to the…
  • Stargazing Tips & Tricks—Plus a Handy Metro-Area Map

    Published01/11/2021 , By Emily Dzieweczynski

    Stargazing and enjoying the night sky is wonderful for all ages, with or without a telescope. To help you join in the fun, the Bell Museum staff have compiled a list of prime stargazing spots near the metro area of the Twin Cities. 
  • Dr. Sushma Reddy Contributes to Groundbreaking Research on Gentoo Penguins

    Published , By Emily Dzieweczynski

    By using museum specimens to study differences in Gentoo penguins, Dr. Sushma Reddy, the Bell Museum’s Breckenridge Chair of Ornithology, helped describe four new species of penguins.
  • Documenting the Plant Diversity of Minnesota at Lost Valley Prairie

    Published01/06/2021 , By Timothy Whitfeld

    Hidden among the roughly 950,000 pressed plant specimens housed in the Bell Museum Herbarium is a collection of scarlet gaura from the high prairies near Pipestone Quarry made by Charles Geyer on May 1, 1839. Geyer was the botanist on Joseph Nicollet’s expedition sent to explore the region of the…
  • K-12 Virtual Programs at the Bell Reach New Audiences

    Published12/29/2020 , By Emily Dzieweczynski

    K-12 Virtual Field Trips at the Bell Museum Educators at the Bell Museum adapt to the changing needs of schools by creating virtual learning opportunities, furthering the Bell’s mission to be a museum without boundaries
  • Minnesota Skies: January 2021

    Published12/21/2020 , By Sarah Komperud and Thaddeus LaCoursiere

    When you hear the name Aries, you might think of Ares—the Greek god of war with a similar sounding name (aka Mars)—or the horoscope sign associated with the birth dates March 20–April 19. In astronomy, Aries the ram is one of the 13 constellations of the zodiac, and is found…
  • Receiving the 2020 Ross Merrill Award

    Published12/16/2020 , By Nehwoen Luogon-Bojkov

    The Bell Museum is delighted to share that we have been selected by the American Institute for Conservation as the winner of the 2020 Ross Merrill Award for Outstanding Commitment to the Preservation and Care of Collections.
  • Findings in the University of Minnesota Herbarium: Connecticut Charter Oak Leaf

    Published12/12/2020 , By Nehwoen Luogon-Bojkov

    Undergraduate University of Minnesota Herbarium assistant Colin Robinson makes an interesting connection between a specimen in the collection and an iconic Connecticut symbol – on his first day on the job!  
  • Power Pop-Up 2020


    For the last two years, University of Minnesota students in the course “Power Systems Journey: Making the Invisible Visible and Actionable” have engaged with the Bell Museum to present Power Pop-up exhibits. These Power Pop-ups engaged Bell visitors in a variety of energy-related activities designed for all age groups, which…
  • Minnesota Skies: December 2020

    Published11/30/2020 , By Thaddeus LaCoursiere and Deane Morrison

    Despite the recent (and ongoing) (and upcoming) snow, it’s still fall and as you shake off your sugar rush from the Halloween (physically distanced) festivities. In celebration of the season’s snow (and to try to distract from it), head out and take a look at some of these deep sky…