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Bell Museum

2088 Larpenteur Ave W, St Paul, Minneapolis, MN 55113
+1 612-626-9660
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Fun and unusual trip to the States largest university

I recommend a walk around the campus of one of the largest universities in the country along with... read more

Reviewed August 20, 2017
Kevin P
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
Rainy Day Activity

This museum makes for a fun & educational rainy day outing with kids. It has diverse exhibits... read more

Reviewed October 27, 2016
Maryam F
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Minnesota’s official natural history museum, is now located on the Saint Paul campus of the University of Minnesota. Take amazing journeys from the far reaches of the cosmos to deep inside the human brain in the Whitney and Elizabeth MacMillan Planetarium. Explore the origins of the universe and the diversity of life on earth in our galleries, which include our world famous wildlife dioramas. Engage all your senses in our Touch & See Lab with 10,000 year-old fossils, living plants and animals, and more. Wander outside on our green roof and observation deck, and explore the learning landscape of native plants, geology gardens, and solar station. And drop into the Solutions Studio, our summer pop-up workshop where you can let your creativity run wild.
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Aug 20, 2017
“Fun and unusual trip to the States largest university”
Oct 27, 2016
“Rainy Day Activity”
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2088 Larpenteur Ave W, St Paul, Minneapolis, MN 55113
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Reviewed August 20, 2017

I recommend a walk around the campus of one of the largest universities in the country along with an entertaining stop at the Bell Museum. While there please visit the universities memorial union and the art museum next to it.

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Reviewed October 27, 2016

This museum makes for a fun & educational rainy day outing with kids. It has diverse exhibits: wildlife in their natural habitat (sort of like screenshots of animals' lives) as well as exploration and hand-on touching of fossils & specimens

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Reviewed October 6, 2016 via mobile

The Bell Museum is a beautiful old building with some incredible dioramas depicting Minnesota wildlife. Most of them were installed between the mid-20s and the 60s. Visiting the museum is like stepping back in time. The dark, musty smelling museum with its oak wood walls...More

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Reviewed September 5, 2016 via mobile

We brought our one year old, and really enjoyed the vintage feel of this museum. The displays are very well done, as others have commented. We also enjoyed the overall aesthetic of a small well cared for property. Our favorites was the time lapse video...More

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Reviewed September 4, 2016 via mobile

This little gem of a museum is currently free on Sunday's. It will be moving and it looks like it will be even better. The dioramas depict native wildlife and tell you about what you are viewing. There's a touch and see area that is...More

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Reviewed June 15, 2016 via mobile

My family and I visited the museum on a Saturday afternoon. There were a few other visitors but it wasn't crowded. Lots of room to roam and take your time reading about each diorama. The Touch and Feel room is pretty great for all ages....More

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Reviewed June 14, 2016 via mobile

Where else can you go where you can hold huge cock roaches, tarantulas, turtles, snakes, and touch amazing things like real dinosaur bones, rhino and hippo skulls, and fur from various animals. The touch and see room was incredible, unlike any I have experienced in...More

Thank Janet S
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Reviewed May 19, 2016

This is an old museum on the University of Minnesota campus. Interesting to read about the different Minnesota wildlife but it is in desperate need of updates. As a result, not engaging for children. Your money will be better spent at the MN History Museum...More

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Reviewed April 30, 2016

Exhibits showcase Minnesota's native animals. Good introduction to the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Inexpensive. Current photography gallery emphasizes "eating around the world." Interesting pics.

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Reviewed April 29, 2016

After being on tripadvisor, I decided to give the Bell Museum of Natural History a try. It was definitely not worth my time -mostly there are taxidermy animals. The most exciting part is the touch room - where you can actually interact with the animals...More

Thank Ana Maria S
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