Bell Museum's new home, amenities promise a grand opening weekend


ST. PAUL—There will be stars, there will be scientists, there will be sketching: The Bell Museum's grand opening is this weekend.

The mammoth-sized lineup includes a ticketed party Friday night,...

Design & Production's Branden Coates, left, digs for his flashlight to help Michael Kennedy locate and remove foreign dust particles they saw inside a vitrine (exhibit case) at the Bell Museum in Falcon Heights on Friday, July 6. Coates is foreman for installation and Kennedy is site supervisor at Design & Production. Jean Pieri / Pioneer Press
Branden Coates, installation foreman for Design & Production (the company hired to install the exhibits) walks around exhibits and does final fix-ups at the Bell Museum in Falcon Heights on Friday, July 6.  Jean Pieri / Pioneer Press
A board listing donors to the Bell Museum takes shapes in the lobby of the new facility last week. The $79.2 million building on the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul campus was paid for with  $51.5 million in state bonding funds, $6.7 million from the university and the remainder from private gifts. Jean Pieri / Pioneer Press

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