Each year the Paper Sessions is held at the Bell Museum of Natural History, which is located on the East Bank Campus of the University of Minnesota. The James Ford Bell Museum of Natural History was established in 1872 to collect, preserve, display and interpret Minnesota's diverse flora and fauna for research and teaching purposes as well as for public enjoyment and enrichment.
This was the third time that I have attended the paper sessions and my third trip to the Bell Museum. During lunch I spent much of my time looking around the museum and snapping a few pictures to share with you.
The Bell has almost four million specimens of mammals, birds, fish, plants, mollusks and insects. Most of the collection is stored and used for scientific research however the museum is home to several floors of dioramas depicting the natural life of Minnesota. Above are just a couple of examples. If you are ever in the Twin Cities and have a few minutes to spare I would definitely recommend a trip to the Bell.