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CANCELED: After Hours: Birds

Wednesday | March 18, 2020 | 5:00 pm8:30 pm

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Activities free with gallery admission.

Sketching birds in Collections CoveEnjoy an evening at the museum! Curate your night from a host of activities, including sketching in the galleries, art-making activities, a show in the Whitney and Elizabeth MacMillan Planetarium, and stargazing on the Ruth and John Huss Observation Deck (weather permitting).

Sketching theme: Birds of a feather. Sketch from a collection of specimens including taxidermy birds, wings, feathers, nests, and eggs.

Hands-on activity: Audubon collage: Get inspired to interpret your own version of Audubon’s birds, using paper copies of Audubon’s original artworks combined with colors, ribbon, sparkle, and clear tape to make a clever wall hanging or necklace.

Bird Diorama Tour

Dive deep into the dioramas with Sushma Reddy, curator of our bird collection. Learn more about birds, their amazing adaptations, marvelous migration and mating behavior, and the roles they play in Minnesota’s ecosystems. Tours begin at 6:15 and 7:15 pm.

Crafts focused on birds for After Hours event

Special Guests

7 pm, Birds Through Dakota Eyes: Čhaŋtémaza (Neil McKay), University of Minnesota senior Dakota language specialist, will lead a talk about birds in Dakota language and culture.


6 & 7 pm: Flying on Other Worlds

What would it be like to fly on a world with 1/8 the gravity of Earth in an atmosphere five times as thick as the Earth’s? Why would we want to fly on a moon that’s a billion miles away, anyway? Follow along on a journey through time and space as we explore the history of flight on Earth and where humans are headed in the future. Travel with us as we explore the science and tools used to get to the bottom of such a foreign environment. Help us unmask the mystery of flight on Titan.

A moon of Saturn, photo taken through a telescopeThis show was created by Bell student staff member Scott McWilliams, who is graduating this May with an aerospace engineering degree.

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Advance tickets for planetarium shows are available up to three weeks ahead of time via the link above. If you are a current Bell member, please log in first, to receive your discounted tickets.


Wednesday | March 18, 2020
5:00 pm–8:30 pm
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Bell Museum
2088 Larpenteur Avenue W
St Paul, 55113

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