The Biologists and the Bell

October 01, 2018

College of Biological Sciences faculty contributed to the creation of exhibits and more at the new Bell Museum. 

Student at Bell Museum

A wall display at the new Bell features images taken of plots at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve using spectral diversity of plants to evaluate biodiversity.

The new Bell Museum opened its doors this summer to much fanfare, drawing a wave of enthusiastic and engaged children and intrigued adults to the St. Paul campus. The new museum chronicles natural history with interactive displays, refurbished dioramas and a life-size woolly mammoth, among other attractions. 

George Weiblen, the museum’s science director and curator of plants, was among a number of College of Biological Sciences faculty who contributed their expertise to the development of exhibits and activities. 

“It was a really monumental team effort to put everything together into more than the sum of its parts,” says Weiblen. “The end result is stunning and something the College of Biological Sciences community and the University on the whole should be quite proud of!” 

College of Biological Sciences faculty provided guidance in the creation of a number of displays around the museum. You can see their handiwork in the Tree of Life, Web of Life and Imagine the Future galleries, as well as the Touch and See Room. 

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