Bell Museum of Natural History

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Updated Jan 2014

Hours: Tuesday through Friday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday: noon-5 p.m. Free admission on Sundays
Prices: $6 for adults , $4 for children from 3 – 17
Location:  10 Church Street, Minneapolis 55455
Parking: Ramp parking pries vary
Coupons: none available at this time

The Bell Museum of Natural History is located on the University of Minnesota Campus. This natural history museum features a variety of dioramas with animals and plants depicted in their natural habitats. There are also traveling exhibits in the West Gallery, a touch and see room for kids and a rainforest exhibit.

Dioramas at Bell Museum of Natural History
There are two floors of dioramas to explore in the museum. Animals and plants that are native to Minnesota are depicted in their natural habitat. Animals include elk, moose, bear and beavers that have lived in the state since before it was settled. All of the habitats found in Minnesota are depicted, including prairie, marshland and great lakes. Use careful observation to study the dioramas and discover the details that might otherwise be dismissed. There is often more than one animal in each diorama, as they would be living in the wild.

West Gallery
The west gallery houses travelling exhibits. These exhibits change regularly and often include artwork along a specific theme.

Touch and See Room
This is the room for kids to touch items and explore the natural world. There are live animals such as snakes and turtles to greet. Kids can touch animal furs, elephant tusk and even moose antlers. There are items for the kids to play with and use their imagination.

Rainforest Exhibit
The rainforest exhibit has two aerial walkways that allow visitors to experience the rainforest from within the canopy. The rainforest exhibit has over 50 different fig species on display. The signs along the walkways give information on the plants on display as well as how wasps are important to figs.

Other Programs
The Bell Museum of Natural History holds regular events and special exhibits throughout the year. There are field trips in the summer such as mushrooming and birding. Films are shown regularly and on there are lectures scheduled throughout the year by a variety of experts. The Bell Museum of Natural History is one of the premier natural history museums in the United States. They provide baseline information and research for countries around the world. This museum is a great place to visit for kids of all ages and Sunday’s are free.

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