Bell Museum Events

Events and exhibits at the Bell Museum of Natural History.

Summer Camps

Science Discovery Day Camps – Open Registration

Registration Available through August 13, 2010

Sign up a kid you know for the museum’s popular summer science camps for kids in kindergarten through sixth grade completed.

Exhibits

Through September 5

Nature in Art Across the Generations
The Shape of Nature: The Art of Francis Lee Jaques

and

An Archive, A Forest

This unique pairing of exhibits showcase nature-inspired art across the generations and the decades from the self-taught 20th-century artist Francis Lee Jaques to contemporary interpretations by three Minneapolis College of Art and Design graduates.

Through September 12

Flights of Fancy: A History of Feathers in Fashion

“Flights of Fancy” explores the historical and contemporary use of feathers in western fashion. In addition to wearable art from the University’s Goldstein Museum collections, the exhibit also features bird study skins, mounts and prints from the Bell Museum, including a hand-colored engraving of a Louisiana heron by John James Audubon and an oil painting of ring-necked pheasants by Richard Bishop.

Special Events

Thursday, July 29, Noon

Exhibit Walkabout: The Shape of Nature: The Art of Francis Lee Jaques

Join us for a guided exhibit tour and learn about the life, times and legacy of one of Minnesota’s most important artists from curator of exhibits and resident Jaques expert Don Luce. Luce is author of “Francis Lee Jaques: Artist-Naturalist” and has curated numerous exhibitions of Jaques’ work, some of which have traveled nationally.

Sunday, August 29, 2 p.m.

Exhibit Walkabout: The Shape of Nature: The Art of Francis Lee Jaques

Curator of exhibits Don Luce leads a guided tour and discussion of the important role Jaques played in the intersection of art, science and conservation. Learn about the life, times and legacy of one of Minnesota’s most important artists and the role he played in the intersection of art, science and conservation.

Field Trips

Sunday, July 18, 2 to 4:30 p.m..

Exploring a Woodland with a Pro

With old growth trees dating back 120 to 400 years, Wood Rill in Orono is a glimpse of Minnesota’s 19th century woodlands. Habitats here range from upland and lowland forests to wet meadows, wetlands, a lake, ponds and tamarack bogs. There’s no better guide than professor emeritus Ed Cushing of the University’s department of ecology, evolution and behavior, whose command of the lore of Minnesota ecology is matched only by his skills and enthusiasm as a tour leader.

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