The new $64 million Bell Museum, currently under construction on the St. Paul campus, will showcase Minnesota’s natural history, inside and out, featuring an exterior that is partially clad in eastern white pine from Cass Lake, Minnesota.
Thermally modified to enhance durability, the white pine will cover about 40 percent of the building’s exterior and is one of several natural, locally sourced building materials being used by Perkins+Will, the museum’s designer. The goal is to create a museum that tells the story of Minnesota’s natural history, not just through exhibits and dioramas, but also through materials and architecture.
Check out the construction site web camera at bellmuseum.umn. The new museum is scheduled to open in 2019.