University of Minnesota
Rendering of Bell Museum in St. Paul, Minn.

University of Minnesota ready to open rebuilt natural history museum

July 2, 2018
The Bell Museum has been relocated from Minneapolis to St. Paul.

The University of Minnesota has scheduled a grand opening later this month to celebrate completion of a new home in St. Paul for the Bell Museum.

The university has relocated the museum, which is Minnesota's official natural history museum as well as a part of the university's College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, from its previous home in Minneapolis.

The facility will formally open to the public during a grand opening celebration July 13 to 15.

The $79 million, 92,000-square-foot facility has a 120-seat digital planetarium; four dedicated classrooms outfitted with new technology and equipment; a "touch & see" lab with live insects, reptiles and other animals; a second-floor observation deck with a green roof, telescope mounts and seating; and an open-air diorama featuring an ice age Minnesota.

The museum site also has sustainable landscaping with native plants, a geology exploration area, solar and weather stations, and honey bee hives.

The architect is Perkins + Will, and the builder is McGough.

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