Radiograph of a large fish

Bell Museum kicks off new Smithsonian Affiliate status with new fish exhibit beginning October 15

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The X-Ray Vision: Fish Inside Out exhibit will be on view from October 15 to January 2.

Guests may purchase tickets at the front desk or in advance online at The X-Ray Vision: Fish Inside Out exhibit is included with general Bell admission.

A selection of images can be found here, more available as needed

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (8/5/2021) The Bell Museum presents a new exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution. Beginning October 15, the new show X-Ray Vision: Fish Inside Out, invites visitors to explore the creatures that live below the water’s surface. Through striking black-and-white prints of radiographs, the bone structures of vertebrate aquatic life are displayed in intricate detail.

Giving an up-close look at a variety of specimens, the exhibit features several radiograph prints that expose the interior structures of fish in a level of detail reminiscent of fine engraving. Each image is an opportunity for visitors to learn how the study of fish skeletons, fin spines, and teeth help scientists examine fish anatomy and evolutionary development.

In addition to the exhibit, the Bell Museum will host several family-friendly events that encourage visitors to take another deep dive into the study of fish. Following the exhibit’s initial opening, Spooky Science will begin on October 20, with both virtual and in-person activities available. Fish printing demos (gyotaku), examining fish through a microscope, and additional skeletons and specimens from the Bell Museum scientific collection will be on view at the Discovery Wall. Additionally, we will host two Spotlight Science events that invite scientists, experts, and researchers working in fish biology and conservation to engage with the public through hands-on activities and conversation.

The Bell Museum is pleased to announce that it has been designated a Smithsonian Affiliate. Smithsonian Affiliations is a national outreach program that develops long-term collaborative partnerships with museums, educational, and cultural organizations to enrich communities with Smithsonian resources. The Bell Museum joins a network of more than 200 organizations in association with the Smithsonian in nearly all states, Puerto Rico, and Panama. More information is available at


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About the Bell Museum
The Bell Museum is Minnesota’s state natural history museum, founded in 1872. The museum is part of the University of Minnesota’s College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences. Our mission is to ignite curiosity and wonder, explore our connections to nature and the universe, and create a better future for our evolving world. For details, visit