Bell Museum of Natural History


Bell Museum of Natural History
10 Church St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
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The James Ford Bell Museum of Natural History was established by state legislative mandate in 1872 to collect, preserve, skillfully prepare, display, and interpret our state’s diverse animal and plant life for scholarly research and teaching and for public appreciation, enrichment, and enjoyment. Its governance belongs, by state legislative designation, to the University of Minnesota. The Bell Museum has exceptional scientific collections. Nearly 4 million specimens-mammals, birds, fishes, plants, mollusks and insects-provide opportunities for research and learning. In addition to the largest collection documenting Minnesota’s biodiversity, the Bell Museum has significant collections from around the globe. These collections serve as a resource for the international scientific community.