Collection of various rocks

Collectors Day 2022

October 1, 2022, 10am–3pm

In celebration of its 150th anniversary, the Bell Museum is excited to launch its first ever Collectors Day, a daylong event where members of the community are invited to share and showcase their own personal collections. 

Visitors will interact with collectors as they share stories about their gathering process and their passion and enthusiasm about their collections. The Bell Museum will also invite visitors to learn more about its scientific collections and their important role in research and understanding natural history.

Featured Collections

HORIZON HALL

  • Wangensteen Historical Library
  • Rock collection
  • “Dead Things,”  found natural history objects
  • Insect collection, with specimens from around the world
  • Dried mushrooms from Minnesota and Wisconsin
  • Troll dolls, 1980s-2000s
  • Minnesota Territory postmarks
  • Stuffed animals
  • 19th Century farmstead items

FIRST FLOOR HALLWAY

  • Cephalopod fossils, 400-450 million years old
  • Oscilloscopes from last 70 years
  • Minerals and gemstones

COLLECTIONS COVE

  • Bell Museum Scientific Collection

EDUCATION WING

  • Evening bags and purses, 1920s-1950s
  • Last Supper pictures, mixed media

SECOND FLOOR LANDING

  • Minnesota-related cookbooks and pamphlets from the Doris S. Kirschner Cookbook Collection

NUCLEUS

  • Golden Nature Guides and insect collection
  • Dolls from different eras
  • Vintage to modern beer cans
  • Olson Family historical collection
  • Historic paleontology ephemera, artifacts and memorabilia
  • Photo placemats from travel locales
  • Personnel computing equipment, 1980s-90s

Thank you to our 150th Anniversary Sponsors

A variety of logos for General Mills, AgriGrowth, Minnesota Farm Bureau, Minnesota Pork Board, Minnesota Corn Growers Association, and Minnesota Turkey Growers Association