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  • A Batty October: Bat Week 2020

    Published10/24/2020 , By Adam Hartman, gallery programs assistant

    Bat Week AND Bat Month—batception! With Halloween right around the corner, October is the perfect time to dial up the bat love by highlighting bats’ unique traits, charm, and ecological importance instead of the spooky stigmas that feed into their batty reputation.
  • Space or Brain?


    In celebration of the Mysteries of Your Brain show, opening in our planetarium this weekend, we have a little quiz for you called “Space or Brain”! It might be harder than you think! Click the “Answer” tab to reveal!
  • Fall Bingo

    Published10/09/2020 , By Heather, gallery programs coordinator & MN Master Naturalist

    Explore #BellOutside by playing along with this game of Fall Bingo. How many of these squares can you complete in the Learning Landscape or in your own neighborhood?
  • Lighting Up the Universe

    Published10/06/2020 , By Kaitlin Ehret, planetarium outreach educator

    Have you ever wondered what the world looks like to a bee buzzing around your flowers, or why the sky is blue? Have you ever wondered how astronomers can take two pictures of the same nebula and end up with vastly different images, or why those colorful nebulae look like…
  • Diorama Spotlight: Elk at Inspiration Point

    Published09/29/2020 , By Adam Hartman, gallery programs assistant

    Elk at Inspiration Peak is one of only two large dioramas at the Bell Museum to depict an autumn scene. The background, painted by Francis Lee Jaques in 1946, showcases the auburn, crimson, and amber leaves of the oak savanna from a unique perspective — above the landscape. Jaques’ painting…
  • Minnesota Skies: October 2020

    Published09/25/2020 , By Deane Morrison and Thaddeus

    October begins and ends with a full Moon. The first rises the evening of October 1, only about three hours past the exact moment of fullness. Following it into the eastern sky is Mars, now too bright to be washed out by any lunar luster. Over to the south, brilliant…
  • Diorama Spotlight: Wolves at Shovel Point

    Published09/15/2020 , By Jennifer Menken, education collections manager

    Along the North Shore, April is a time when winter and spring battle. We see this in the Wolves at Shovel Point diorama: the ice is out but late spring snow still rests under the trees. Herring gulls circle over waves of Lake Superior looking for small fish and other…
  • Happy Plover Appreciation Day!

    Published09/14/2020 , By Anna Cerelia Battistini, RARP resident artist in 2019–2020

    When people ask why I chose to make artwork celebrating the piping plover during my residency at the Bell, my shortest answer is this: “it’s one of the cutest birds I have ever seen!” If you’re feeling blue, do yourself a favor and search for images of “baby piping plover.”…
  • STEAM Kit Distribution ✔️


    Through generous support from our corporate partners, the Bell Museum distributed our final STEAM activity kits to schools and community centers last week. This third round of kits included everything needed to make s’mores in a solar oven and bird seed cookies to give migrating birds a boost! Providing opportunities…
  • September Sky Lights

    Published08/31/2020 , By Thaddeus LaCoursiere, planetarium educator

    The September evening sky has more objects to look at than you can shake a telescope at. Part of this wealth comes from the placement of our Milky Way Galaxy. The bright core of the galaxy is still visible through the month, and can be found to the south-southwest, near…