Halloween with the Bell
We’ve got it all! In-museum demos include owl pellet exploration and flesh eating beetle meet-and-greets! Also check out a new installation in the Touch & See wall with a skull and skeleton focus, and also featuring some especially weird and wonderful specimens from our collection.
In addition, we’ll have virtual programming throughout the time leading up to Halloween with Bell staff demonstrating an owl pellet dissection, showing off our milk snake, and sketching a bat specimen!
Ghost of Cassiopeia
Minnesota Spooky Skies
Oct 22–Nov 1
Zombies (satellites) and ghosts (nebulae) and demons (stars), oh my! Join us for this planetarium show to learn what spooky specters are hiding in our night sky at 1 pm each day.
Virtual Trick or Treat
Oct 21–Nov 1
Join our virtual trick or treat, with a small offering on Facebook or Instagram each day! It might be a skull pic, a sketching video, or a downloadable mask!
Demos & Activities at the Museum
Oct 22–25 & Oct 29–Nov 1
In-museum demos will include owl pellet exploration daily at 11 am and flesh eating beetle meet-and-greets daily at 1 pm!
The Weird & The Wonderful
You can see many unique items in a display wall in the Touch & See Lab beginning October 22. Here are some highlighted specimens!
Fool’s gold: A recent gift to the Bell Museum, this 25 pound piece of iron pyrite, FeS2, shows just a small portion of the wide range of crystal shapes in which pyrite grows.
Black bear with bad teeth: This poor old black bear had lived so long that its teeth wore down to the gumline. Its back molars have some of the worst cavities we have seen in an animal skull.
Naturally mummified pigeon: The bird was found in an air vent of a building that was being demolished, and we theorize that it became desiccated from its resting place in an air vent. Insects likely ate its internal organs and anything edible, including all parts of the feathers except the spines.
Wild turkey tail: During breeding season the male wild turkeys puff up their feathers, fan their magnificent tail, gobble, and strut to impress the local females. The different varieties of wild turkey have very different tail coloration, and the buff-colored tips on the feathers suggest that this is a Merriam’s turkey.
Domesticated turkey skeleton: Giving a hint to its dinosaur ancestors, this large turkey skeleton has been part of the Touch & See Lab for decades. A gift from the Minnesota Turkey Growers association, this bird was once a state champion.
Three-bodied pig: More than 100 years old, this unusual fetal pig taxidermy shows a rare case of the incomplete splitting of an egg during development. In less severe forms, this process can lead to conjoined twins in many animals, including humans. The severity of this deformity means that this pig did not survive long after birth.
Flamboyant box of beetles: This tray of beetles represents a collection that was donated to the Bell for education purposes. It include a spectacular harlequin beetle (Acrocinus longimanus) at the center and several different types of iridescent green beetles including scarabs and wood boring beetles.