Regents and Kaler view Bell Museum progress
Members of the UMN Board of Regents and President Kaler gathered June 7 to hear about the current ahead-of-schedule and under-budget status of the new Bell Museum + Planetarium. Progress was detailed by construction, architectural, and landscaping team members, with insights provided by Executive Director Denise Young and Scientific Director George Weiblen. The tour highlighted how the building’s eastern exposure provides a constant visual connection to the plant research taking place in CFANS, how the domed planetarium screen will appear seamless, and how landscaping features draw from Minnesota materials.
A visit of a different kind occurred last Wednesday when the community thrilled to the sight of the moose sculpture, by artist Ian Dudley and originally installed outside the Minneapolis location Sept. 1999, moving from its old to its new home...all 2,600 pounds of him.
Additionally, the first phase of exhibit installation will take place over the coming weeks as the museum’s famous Minnesota wildlife dioramas will be moved to their new home. Regarded as some of the finest in the world, the dioramas by Francis Lee Jaques, Walter Breckenridge, and John Jarosz have showcased the signature flora and fauna of Minnesota for more than 75 years. After their careful conservation and installation, these masterworks will be enjoyed by generations to come.