The Bell Museum is Minnesota’s official natural history museum, established by the legislature in 1872 and held in trust by the University of Minnesota. For over a century, the museum has preserved and interpreted our state’s rich natural history and served learners of all ages. Additionally, our scientific collections contain over one million specimens, representing every county in Minnesota and various locales around the globe, and the Whitney and Elizabeth MacMillan Planetarium expands the mission to the universe and points beyond.

We believe it is essential to create an environment that welcomes and empowers people from historically underrepresented and marginalized communities to have equitable access to the museum’s resources as well as opportunities to transform our work. We are committed to upholding the diversity, equity, and inclusion definitions and values set forth by the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences and the University of Minnesota. 

The mission of the Bell Museum is to ignite curiosity and wonder, explore our connections to nature and the universe, and create a better future for our evolving world. We believe that difference is a strength and are looking for volunteers that reflect and respect diversity.

Please complete this application form if you are interested in becoming a Bell Museum volunteer. Once you complete the form, click the submit button at the bottom.

Personal Information


Please indicate what volunteer opportunities you are interested in. 


Please indicate the days and times you are available to volunteer. 


Please enter your most current educational status.


Please enter your most recent employer's information. We will not contact them without your permission.

Skills & Experience

What skills or experience would you bring to volunteering with the Bell Museum? Please indicate any connection with affiliated organizations; for example MOU, MAS, Master Naturalist, etc.


Applicants 18 years or younger are required to provide two non-related references. Preferable one educational and one professional.


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Provide a statement telling us why you are interested in volunteering at the Bell Museum?

Is there anything else you would like us to know?

I Agree

I understand and agree that submitting this application form does not automatically register me as a Bell Museum volunteer, and that there may be certain qualifications I must meet, including a background check and the acceptance of established volunteer policies and procedures, before I may begin volunteering.
By submitting this form, I attest that the information I have provided on the form is true and accurate.