The latest news about exhibits, programs, research and collections
Read the latest releases, media kits and news from the Bell Museum below. Journalists and bloggers are welcome to visit the museum during standard operating hours. Request a press visit by contacting our staff in advance to we can arrange a press pass for you.
Bell Museum Public Relations
Andria Waclawski, Communications Manager
June 6, 2018 — The renovated Bell Museum features a 21st century facility, world-famous exhibits, and all-new displays and programs.
April 9, 2018 — Grand Opening events are planned to span the weekend, including a special ticketed party on Friday night.
May 16, 2018 — Dr. Sushma Reddy will oversee the museum’s vast bird collection as well as a research program to further develop the avian tree of life.
August 1, 2017 — Latest Technology Makes the Theater the First of Its Kind in the World.
June 21, 2017 — No other museum has attempted a move of this scale with dioramas of this age and method of construction.
April 3, 2017 — All of the exterior windows at the new Bell Museum feature a custom patterned glass to aid in bird conservation.
February 15, 2017 — Approximately 40 percent of the museum’s exterior will consist of the thermally modified wood—the largest installation in the U.S.
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Sample photos below. Find more images and full captions available for download via z.umn.edu/grandopening. Additional media, video clips, and archival imagery available upon request.
South view of the museum and outdoor learning landscape. Photo by Pete Sieger
A galaxy appears on dome screen inside the Whitney and Elizabeth MacMillan Planetarium . Photo by Spacecrafting.
The Bell Museum is know around the world for having some of the finest wildlife dioramas in existence. the Bell's incredible diorama move and restoration was possibly the first of its kind in the museum world. Photo by Andria Waclawski
The museum's vast natural history collections hold over 1.2 million specimens from Minnesota and around the globe. Photo by Paul Nelson.
Touch & See Lab founder Richard Barthelemy with young students in the 1970s. The immersive learning space was a first for natural history museums when it opened in 1968 and revolutionized the field.
Close up of the museum's new woolly mammoth, a 500 pound sculpture hand crafted by world-renowned exhibit fabricators Blue Rhino Studios. It is featured in the museum's first new diorama in over 60 years. Photo by Patrick O'Leary.