Are you interested in supporting a specific area of outreach or simply broad support of the Bell? We have funds for whatever your interest.
Bell Museum and Planetarium Building Fund - Help build a world-class museum scheduled to open in 2018 with state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor learning environments, a planetarium, educational technology, and observation deck for astronomy programs.
Bell Museum Operations Endowment Fund - Invest in a world-class museum by contributing to ensure access to lifelong learning experiences in science, art, and nature for generations.
Bell Museum Annual Fund supports our mission to discover, document, and understand nature and promote informed stewardship of our world.
Bell Museum Diorama Fund supports the preservation and reinterpretation of the museum's world-renowned dioramas.
Bell Museum Scientific Collections Fund supports the work of our scientific curators and their students as they build and maintain comprehensive scientific collections that include over 4 million specimens of plants, fungi, invertebrates, amphibians, fish, birds, and mammals.
Bell Museum K12 & Family Education Programs Fund supports our K-12 and family educational programming for learners of all ages—in the museum's galleries and auditorium, classrooms across the state of Minnesota, and community venues.
Bell Museum Adult Education Programs Fund supports our adult educational programming—in the museum's galleries and auditorium, at our Cafe Scientifique and BIG Thursdays programs, and in communities across the state of Minnesota.
Bell Museum Exhibits Fund supports the creation of new exhibits, and supports traveling exhibit rentals displayed at the Bell Museum.
Bell Museum Productions Fund supports planning, research and production of Bell Museum media projects, such as Minnesota: A History of the Land, Troubled Waters: A Mississippi River Story, and podcasts of popular museum programs.
ExploraDome Fund supports the activities and programming of the Bell Museum's ExploraDome as it travels throughout the region teaching visitors about the universe.
Jaques Acquisition and Conservation Fund supports important acquisitions and conservation needs for the museum's natural history art collection.
Bell Museum Membership Fund supports the museum's mission to provide engaging science experiences. Gifts of a qualifying amount to other Bell Museum funds will also receive a donor Household Membership. Click here to learn more about Bell Museum Membership opportunities.
How to Make Your Gift:
Online. Visit our online giving page to make a gift using a credit card. Specify the fund you would like to support in the drop down menu under "Designate to specific program or area.
Via Mail. Download this donation form, enclose payment and send it to:
University of Minnesota Foundation
P.O. Box 860266
Minneapolis, MN 55486-0266
In addition to becoming a member or making a cash donation, there are many other ways to contribute, such as
- Endowed gifts
- Gifts of stock and securities
- Gifts of tangible personal property or real estate
- Gifts in a will or trust
If you have any questions about giving please contact Laura Vitko, Membership and Development Manager.