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May 11 - May 17
Graphic with connected dots and trees, text: Probable Meets Possible: Bio-inspired futures rooted in the right now

Probable Meets Possible: Medicinal Microbes?

Wednesday 05/13/2020

Could microbes form the basis for new and novel treatments and even be cures for a variety of diseases? Christine Salomon and Mike Sadowsky will take you on a whirlwind tour of the state of the science and look to a future in which microbes may provide a pathway to health.

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May 18 - May 24
Graphic with connected dots and trees, text: Probable Meets Possible: Bio-inspired futures rooted in the right now

Probable Meets Possible: Water What Ifs

Wednesday 05/20/2020

As glaciers recede, ice cover declines and rainfall patterns become less predictable, landscapes, livelihoods and ways of life are changing, too. Lesley Knoll and Daniel Stanton will explore the implications for the planet and the people who live on it.

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May 25 - May 31
Graphic with connected dots and trees, text: Probable Meets Possible: Bio-inspired futures rooted in the right now

Probable Meets Possible: Not Business as Usual

Wednesday 05/27/2020

Imagine a world in which sustainable products and socially-conscious investing were the norm. Emerging technologies are making it possible to track environmental responsibility in real-time and manufacture next-generation renewable materials. Jessica Hellmann and David Bengston are at the vanguard of these developments and will share their insights.

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June 08 - June 14
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Minnesota Night Skies Live

Tuesday 06/09/2020

There’s never been a better time to head outside and explore the starry skies! Join our planetarium educators as they answer your questions and take you on a journey of what can currently be seen in the evening. Don’t forget to download your own Minnesota Skies Guide before the adventure begins. 

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Scott Peterson collecting possible micrometeorites from the Bell's rooftop.

Micrometeorite Hunter

Thursday 06/11/2020
11:00 am - 11:20 am

Scott Peterson is a citizen scientist who searches for micrometeorites in the urban environment of the Twin Cities. After scouring rooftops for these tiny pieces of cosmic dust, he photographs them in great detail. Join us for this live conversation to learn more about his process and see stunning examples from his collection.

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June 15 - June 21
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Inside the Touch & See Lab

Wednesday 06/17/2020
1:00 pm - 1:20 pm

Our doors may be closed right now, but our staff have been hard at work taking care of the animals in our Touch & See Lab. Have you been missing them? Here’s your chance to hear what’s been going on from the Touch & See Lab coordinator, Jennifer Menken! Join us for this live event from inside the lab and add your questions in the comments. 

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June 22 - June 28
Colorful graphic overview of our solar system with the sun and planetary orbits

Out of this World, part II

Monday 06/22/2020
11:00 am - 11:20 am
Free

We continue our journey through the solar system in part two of this live planetarium show for all ages. There is much more to explore when it comes to the Sun, planets, moons, and other objects in our system! Share your questions with us in the comments box on Facebook, and planetarium educators will answer them live.

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Minnesota’s Geologist: The Life of Newton Horace Winchell

Tuesday 06/23/2020
Free

Tracing Newton Horace Winchell’s path to becoming a leading light of an emerging scientific field, Minnesota’s Geologist recreates the early days of scientific inquiry in Minnesota, when one man’s passion for learning could unlock secrets of the state’s distant past and present landscape. This first telling of Winchell’s life story is set against a backdrop of Minnesota’s geological complexity and splendor.

Author Sue Leaf will be giving a short talk, followed by audience Q&A. She will relate how she came to be interested in Winchell, tell what resources were available to tell his story, and then give three short scenes from his life: maybe capsizing on Lake Michigan while doing field work as a young geologist near Door County; his initial trip into the Arrowhead (the canoe trip to end all canoe trips)— solo, with two Ojibwe guides; and then the debacle of the Kensington Runestone.

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Pasqueflower in the diorama

Member Master Class (Bell Member Exclusive)

Wednesday 06/24/2020
Free

Join us June 24 at 12 pm for the very first member master class! In this virtual event, Herbarium Collections Manager Tim Whitfeld will discuss the importance of the Bell Museum’s Herbarium Collection, answer your questions, and demonstrate how to collect, press, and mount plant specimens.

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July 06 - July 12

Bell Museum Reopening Q&A

Thursday 07/09/2020
1:00 pm - 1:20 pm
Free

We are happy to announce that the Bell Museum is able to open its doors again on Thursday, July 16! During the first week, we will be welcoming our members only, and we realize there may be many questions about the new museum experience. Join Bell staff for a live Q&A about what to expect when you return for a visit. We’ll discuss everything we’ve done to ensure a fun and safe experience and will leave plenty of time for your questions.

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