Film Collection

The Bell Museum has a long history of both producing and screening films that promote the mission of the museum.

Recent notable film works by the Bell have included the award-winning documentary "Minnesota: History of the Land" as well as "Troubled Waters: a Mississippi River Story."

Watch clips from "Minnesota: History of the Land"


The museum also has a substantial film archive that contains nature documentaries from the 1920's through the 1960's. Many of the films were shown at the museum's popular Sunday afternoon programs, which occurred from the 1940's through the 1960's.

Thanks to a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation, the Bell Museum has restored and preserved several films from the Walter Breckenridge Archive. 

Wood Duck Ways (1960's)
Segments of this film were recorded from the 1940's through the 1960's. Perhaps the most popular of the museum's nature films, the movie focuses on wood duck behavior. Click here to see the downy ducklings!

Island Treasure (1957) (Silent)
This film depicts the natural history of Casey's Island, which is located on the Mississippi River just north of Minneapolis. Click here and check out some of the wildlife on Casey's Island in 1957.