Bell Museum + Planetarium hires new director; construction is under way

Denise YoungA veteran university-based museum and planetarium administrator will become executive director of the Bell Museum + Planetarium this fall. Denise Young, director of education and planning for the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will assume her new role at the Bell on September 12. She will oversee programs, research and facilities at a crucial time in the Bell Museum’s 144-year history, as it prepares to move to a new, state‐of‐the‐art facility with improved exhibits space, a versatile 120‐seat planetarium/digital theater and expanded educational areas on the university’s St. Paul campus. The new building, now under construction will open in 2018. You can see live construction updates at