Friend’s Event: Creating a Landmark, Honoring a Legacy—Bell Museum and Mia

November 7, 2019 5:30 pm

Reception Hall

Ticket Price: $75

Join the Friends for an evening celebrating the new Bell Museum . This event is now rescheduled after being snowed-out in January.

Courtesy of the Bell Museum and University of Minnesota.


Please join us at this fun event, a benefit for the Friends of the Institute. Enjoy docent-led tours, wine, beer, appetizers, and a presentation by Denise Young, the Bell’s Executive Director, David Dimond, its architect, and former Mia Trustee and philanthropist Ford Bell, whose family has been instrumental in supporting both the Bell and Mia.

Architect David Dimond of Perkins + Will created a stunning setting for the Bell Museum’s collection.  He’ll enlighten us about the design process, the selection of Minnesota materials for the building and its landscaping and the special challenges of accommodating the historic dioramas.

Bell Executive Director Denise Young will share details of the amazing process of relocating the wildlife dioramas and their mural backgrounds, as well as the incorporation of stunning new high-tech exhibits, a digital planetarium and a new, life-size woolly mammoth.  

Bell Museum and Mia have some special connections.  Both were established in the late nineteenth century, and both benefited from the gifts of notable philanthropist James Ford Bell.  A devoted friend of the University of Minnesota, he was the driving force in the development of the natural history museum named in his honor in 1966. 

Event guests will enjoy tours of Mia’s natural history paintings, as well as major pieces by Revere and the Charleston Rooms donated by James Ford Bell, a perfect way to connect Mia and the Bell Museum.

Buy your ticket now through the link below or by calling 612.870.6323

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