From native gardens to a green roof, the science lessons continue outside at the new Bell Museum. This living laboratory provides even more opportunities to learn about Minnesota’s biodiversity.
New outdoor features include:
Green roof and observation deck
Use a high powered telescope to explore the universe, and experience sustainable design through a green roof and photovoltaic glass railings.
Enjoy pollinator gardens and native wildflowers, grasses, shrubs and trees while learning about the importance of bees in nature and society.
Pond and gathering space
Rainwater collected from the museum’s roof, supplemented with well water, will help to maintain an community of plants, minnows, amphibians, and other aquatic creatures.
Geology exploration area
Large boulders representing Minnesota's major rocks types (basalt, limestone, sandstone, etc.) encourage children to climb and adults to observe. A fossil dig area supports learning about the history of life.
A sundial surrounded by a circle of engraved paving lets visitors observe the time of day, the time of year, and the four cardinal directions.