Monday, December 7, 2009

Bell Museum of Natural History

This weekend I attended the annual Minnesota Ornithologists' Union Paper Sessions. The Paper Sessions is a day long event where MOU members, as well as other people who are interested in birds, get together and talk about birds. There are seminars and vendor booths just like there are at most other events of this kind.
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.

6 comments:

Jedediah said...

The displays are amazing, I'd love to visit.

Sylvia K said...

What a marvelous place! And their exhibits are indeed amazing! What a great visit for you! Thanks for sharing!

Enjoy your week!

Sylvia

eileeninmd said...

Sounds like a great exhibit of the mammals, and all the other animals. Great photos.

Lawstude said...

i do not go to animal museums because of my allergies when i inhale formalin. so i really appreciate posts like this because i have to see the inside of the museum without the allergic reactions. thanks for sharing coz most museums don't allow photo-taking.

JOE TODD said...

Good post gives some ideas on places to visit. Thanks

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