As Minnesaota's state natural history museum, our mission is to discover, document and understand nature and promote informed stewardship of our world.
About The Bell Museum:
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.
Collecting, researching, and teaching serve to inform exhibits, exhibitions, and public outreach. This unique synergy, perhaps possible only on the campus of a great university, distinguishes the James Ford Bell Museum of Natural History as an institution that:
Maintains excellent, comprehensive scientific collections.
Produces timely, cutting edge research.
Teaches new generations of natural history experts, entrepreneurs, and informed citizens.
Exhibits the natural life of our state and region—and beyond—in ways that inspire inquiry, appreciation, and enjoyment.
Educates visitors and participants through customized learning opportunities.
Serves teachers and students throughout the community, state and region through innovative, creative outreach and award-winning, nationally recognized distance learning programs.