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  • The Mollusk and Crustacean Collection

    Published03/22/2021 , By Nehwoen Luogon-Bojkov

    Sean Keogh shares how the Bell Museum Mollusk and Crustacean collection helps to further his research and expresses his appreciation for these amazing animals.
  • Constellation Hunter: Hidden in the Spring Skies

    Published02/24/2021 , By Sarah Komperud

    Across the sky there are 88 total constellations, but not all of them are home to bright, easy to find stars. Back in the 17th century, Polish astronomer Johannes Hevelius introduced several smaller and dimmer constellations to fill in otherwise unassigned segments of the sky.
  • Perseverance Rover & Ingenuity Landing Activities


    The Perseverance rover and the Ingenuity helicopter drone are set to touch down on Mars on February 18, 2021. As we all wait in anticipation of their landing, get ready with these fun activities!
  • A Charge Forward


    The Bell Museum has been awarded nearly $875,000 in a three-year cooperative agreement from NASA’s Teams Engaging Affiliated Museums and Informal Institutions program to create a new, accessible planetarium show and toolkit of science activities in the program, A Charge Forward: Activating the Nation’s Planetariums to Excite the Public about…
  • Reviving a Species — The Piping Plover

    Published , By Nehwoen Luogon-Bojkov

    Dr. Reddy is collaborating with Dr. Francesca Cuthbert, Professor, Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology, to study the genetics of all individuals of the Piping Plover population.
  • Spread The Love

    Published01/25/2021 , By Nehwoen Luogon-Bojkov

    Responsibly spread the love this Valentine’s Day with gifts that spark curiosity and bring on warm fuzzy feelings. 
  • 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…