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Bell Museum of Natural History, Minneapolis

Categories: Natural History Museums, Museums
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3.7/5 based on 30+ reviews on the web
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  • The Bell Museum is a beautiful old building with some incredible dioramas depicting Minnesota wildlife. Most of them were installed between the mid-20s and the 60s. Visiting the museum is like steppin...  read more »
  • We brought our one year old, and really enjoyed the vintage feel of this museum. The displays are very well done, as others have commented. We also enjoyed the overall aesthetic of a small well cared ...  read more »
  • This little gem of a museum is currently free on Sunday's. It will be moving and it looks like it will be even better. The dioramas depict native wildlife and tell you about what you are viewing. Ther...  read more »
  • We had to park far away because the University traffic was crazy. Also, it was $23 for myself and 3 kids to get in. But there are lots of beautiful displays and the touch and see room was great. The helpers there are super good with kids, very knowledgeable and ready to answer questions and help kids get interested. The live animals and habitats were engaging.
  • It was extremely dated. I see they are building a new facility set to open in 2018, that will be spectacular I am sure. This one is closing Dec 31, 2016 and there is only 1 room that is interactive (I held a cockroach & snake) otherwise it is all taxidermy that looks to be well over 20 years old. The Mezzanine has photographs but overall I did not like this. It is only $8 to get in a person, but that's $8 I could have used elsewhere.
  • I took my kids since they offer free admission on Sundays. I would suggest this museum to anyone,particularly people with kids. they have an entire room that is 98% kid friendly and they have different amphibians that they will gladly take out for up close encounters The guy working the 'touch and see' area was very knowledgeable and seemed to really enjoy answering questions kids had. I would have liked to see more than wildlife exhibits, but I have no regrets about going. It was sort of like a zoo with only animals found in America, and none were living.
  • Charming. Perhaps it would be better named the Bell Museum of Early 20th Century Vertebrate Zoology since it mainly contains dozens of wonderful antique dioramas of local birds and mammals. A great display of the art of the diorama. A guidebook that describes the connections between the species (e.g., their ecological niches) would useful. The diorama with the Passenger Pigeon is worth the modest admission cost -- the most populous bird species in North American made extinct in a few years by insane humans. The Touch & See room is the crown jewel. The student staff were wonderfully welcoming.
  • This is a beautiful museum
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