Welcome to The Bell Museum, Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States. The Bell Museum scientists work in the treetops of Papua New Guinea's tropical forests, in the rivers of the southern United States and the capitals of Europe. Their research provides important baseline data for scientists and conservationists and creates a record of the earth's biological diversity.
The Bell Museum, Minneapolis, Minnesota has exceptional scientific collections. Nearly 4 million specimens?mammals, birds, fishes, plants, mollusks and insects?provide opportunities for research and learning. From Eurasia to South America, Bell Museum scientists collect specimens to build the Museum's biological collections, which serve as an international library for scientific research. In addition to collections from around the globe, the Bell Museum has the largest collection documenting Minnesota's biodiversity.
The Bell Museum's outstanding art collection includes more than 1,400 objects. World-renowned wildlife dioramas, as well as prints, paintings, sculpture and wildlife films bring nature to life for Museum visitors. Many of the Museum's dioramas were painted by Minnesota native Francis Lee Jaques.
The Museum also has a substantial film archive that contains nature documentaries from the 1920's through the 1960's. Many of the films were shown at the Museum's popular Sunday afternoon programs, which occurred from the 1940's through the 1960's. Thanks to a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation, the Bell Museum has restored and preserved several films from the Walter Breckenridge Archive
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