The Bell Museum
After nearly three years of planning and construction, the new Bell Museum opened in July. The $79 million facility was built with funding from the state, the U, and private donors, including a lead gift from the James Ford Bell Foundation. Minnesota’s official natural history museum, the Bell is home to the 120-seat Whitney and Elizabeth MacMillan Planetarium, a Touch and See Lab, newly restored dioramas, and exhibits featuring some of its 1.2 million specimens.
Photography by Steve Niedorf