Diorama Legacy Society

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Help us embark on the next chapter of the museum’s legacy at the Bell Museum + Planetarium. Opening in 2018, this community asset will showcase exhibits taking visitors from the Big Bang to Minnesota’s current biomes, return a public planetarium to Minnesota, ensure public access to research, and ignite informed conversations on science topics.

Now is a critical time to step forward and help the museum preserve and reinterpret our world-renowned Francis Lee Jaques dioramas. Help ensure access to these Minnesota treasures as a member of the Diorama Legacy Society.

Generations of learners have been impacted by the dioramas over the last 75 years. Now we are preparing to move the dioramas to the new Bell Museum + Planetarium. A team of national experts will carefully move, restore, and reinterpret our world-renowned dioramas.

The dioramas will be showcased in our permanent gallery that will take visitors on a compelling journey from the origins of the universe, through the flowering of life on earth, to the formation of Minnesota’s diverse habitats. Relocated and reinterpreted dioramas created by Francis Lee Jaques, Walter Breckenridge, and John Jarosz will come alive for visitors as they embark on a journey to discover the web of connections that tie together people, nature and the environment.

Be Part of the Legacy

Through their artistic magic and scientific detail, the dioramas are central to inspiring and educating generations to be stewards of our natural resources.

Enroll in the Diorama Legacy Society today to support the preservation and enhancement of the dioramas. Giving opportunities begin at $1,000, and you will receive special recognition at the Bell Museum + Planetarium.

For more information, please contact Laura Vitko at krue0192@umn.edu or 612-624-0089.

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Make a Gift

Be part of the legacy today!

Gifts of $1,000 and above will receive recognition in the Diorama Legacy Society.

Online. Make a secure online payment by EFT or credit card.

Via Mail. Download this PDF icondonation form, enclose payment and send it to:

University of Minnesota Foundation
P.O. Box 860266
Minneapolis, MN 55486-0266


Contact Laura Vitko, Membership & Development Manager
Email: krue0192@umn.edu 
Office: 612-624-0089

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