Bell Museum Events

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This February the Bell Museum of Natural History will be celebrating the opening of the internationally acclaimed exhibit LIFE: A Journey Through Time; Photograpy by Frans Lanting. We hope you will join us on the evening of February 12th for a special exhibit opening event that will combine University of Minnesota research (including yours truly!), a celebration of Darwin Day and slides from the Lanting exhibit. February will be a busy month with a Cafe Scientifique that will take you into the world of spiders, the premiere of the Bell Museum’s new book club, the return of Science Trivia and our Adventure Science series. Please read on for details about all of these exciting upcoming events! We hope to see you this February!


LIFE: A Journey Through Time
February 14 – April 12, 2009

The University of Minnesota Bell Museum of Natural History is proud to host the North American premiere of this internationally acclaimed exhibit. LIFE: A Journey Through Time, interprets the evolution of life on Earth through photographer Frans Lanting. Lanting’s lyrical photos trace Earth’s history from the beginnings of primordial life to the ascent of mammals through otherworldly landscapes and breathtakingly intimate portraits of animals and plants engaged in million-year-old rituals. Many of the exhibit’s 62 photographs are matched with real animal, fossil, and plant specimens from the Bell Museum’s collection. Born in the Netherlands, Lanting serves on the National Council of the World Wildlife Fund and is a columnist for Outdoor Photographer and has received the BBC Wildlife Magazine’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award and the Sierra Club’s Ansel Adams Award for Conservation Photography.

LIFE: A Journey Through Time
North American Premiere /Darwin Day Opening Event
Thursday, February 12, 2009, 7 to 9 p.m.
Bell Museum Auditorium
$10/ free to museum members and University students

Celebrate the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birthday with a special preview of LIFE: A Journey Through Time. The event will feature top University biologists using Lanting’s photographs as a springboard to deliver a rapid-fire presentations relating their research on evolution to the images. From the big bang to the human genome, hear the newest theories on how life evolved and enjoy the North American premiere of one the world’s most celebrated photography exhibits. Think speed-dating – Darwin-style!


Cafe Scientifique: A Romance with Spiders
Tuesday, February 17, 2009, 7 p.m.
Bryant-Lake Bowl
810 W. Lake St., Minneapolis
$5-$10; pay what you can

Spiders, one of the most important terrestrial predators on the planet, are primarily solitary, often cannibalistic, and always voracious. However, one percent of spiders are highly social, living in large groups characterized by tolerance and cooperation. Even in the most social spider species, individuals must balance the benefit of group living and the strong compulsion to eat irritating siblings. Linda Rayor, a senior lecturer and senior research associate who teaches spider biology and insect behavior at Cornell University, will discuss how she came to combine romance with spiders and aspects of their unusual sex and predatory lives.

An Evening of Science Trivia
February 10 and March 10, 2009, 8 p.m.
Nomad World Pub
501 Cedar St., Minneapolis
$5-$10; pay what you can

Feed your need for science and nature at the Bell Museum’s monthly Science Trivia Night. Teams of up to five people compete for prizes and questions range from basic biology to current events, from science fiction to science history. Hosted by Doomtree MC and self-professed science geek Dessa. Sponsored by the Bell Museum and the Nomad World Pub.

The Big Bang Book Club
Tuesday, March 24, 2009, 7 to 9 p.m.
Grumpy’s Bar and Grill
1111 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis

On the fourth Tuesday of each month, a popular science or nature book will be dissected over drinks at Grumpy’s Bar and Grill. Featured books will cover a wide range of topics and guest authors, and scientists will add to the conversation. Audiences need not read the book in advance. Books will be available for purchase at the event or in advance at Magers & Quinn Booksellers in Minneapolis, the Bell Museum, and online at Sponsored by the Bell Museum and Magers & Quinn.


Bird Watching in Cambodia and Laos
Sunday, February 1, 2009, 1 to 2 p.m.
Bell Museum Auditorium
$7/$5 museum members

While working on bird conservation projects in Cambodia and Laos, University graduate student Andrea Claassen encountered many unexpected adventures while studying the native bird population. Hear about her nighttime scorpion sting, spending a week on a floating houseboat, and eating garlic-ginger rodents.

Orangutans and Dayak Village in Borneo
Sunday, February 8, 2009, 1 to 2 p.m.
Bell Museum Auditorium
$7/$5 museum members

After a month working with the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation, University student Brigid Murphy moved to Setulang, one of the few villages on the island that has not surrendered its forest to logging. Hear about her extraordinary experiences on Borneo, an ecosystem lush with exotic and dynamic habitats.

Buzzing with Bees in India
Sunday, February 22, 2009, 1 to 2 p.m.
Bell Museum Auditroium
$7/$5 museum members

In recent years North America has experienced a sudden decrease in honeybee populations. Looking for answers abroad, University graduate student Jessica Burtness traveled to India to study their bee populations and find clues to explain the North American epidemic. Hear about Jessica’s adventures in India and what she learned from the bees.

Travels in Tropical America: Looking for Dirt
Sunday, March 1, 2009, 1 to 2 p.m.
Bell Museum Auditorium
$7/$5 museum members

University assistant professor Jennifer Powers has worked in some of the world’s most spectacular rainforests in Costa Rica, Panama, Peru, Brazil, and French Guiana. She will show slides of the forests’ breathtaking beauty and share stories from her travels to study soils.


  1. #1 stanly
    September 15, 2011

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