FUNDING PROPOSED FOR A NEW BELL MUSEUM AND PLANETARIUM
Many of you might be familiar with previous efforts to build a new Bell Museum on the edge of the St. Paul campus. The project includes a 5+ acre outdoor education area as part of the site, which is the southwest corner of Larpenteur and Cleveland avenues. The current version of the project includes a 120+ seat planetarium.
By combining the Bell Museum and Planetarium, the new facility can be constructed at substantially less cost than the two independent facilities, saving tens of millions of dollars for Minnesota while providing first rate natural history research and science education.
Representative Alice Hausman and Senator John Marty have introduced bills in the Minnesota House and Senate respectively to provide $51.5 in bonding dollars for the construction of the new museum and planetarium. Separate bills would provide an additional $4 million to plan and develop the outdoor education space. The specific bills are: HF2041, HF2042, SF1763 and SF1764.
Note from Rob Blair:
Please show your support by contacting your Minnesota state legislators. This outdoor space would be a tremendous educational asset for the public and the Master Naturalist program in particular. Legislators need to hear your voice now. A personal visit, letter, telephone call or email all work but please contact them. You can find your legislators' contact information and tips for respectful conversations at: http://www.leg.state.mn.us/leg/faq/faqtoc.aspx?id=47 Thank you in advance.
If you are interested in staying informed on this project please take a moment to learn more and stay in the loop as work progresses. Subscribe to the e-mail list about the new Bell: https://cfans.wufoo.com/forms/stay-in-the-loop-with-the-bell/
Get more information, including fact sheets and pictures of the proposed project: http://www.bellmuseum.umn.edu/prod/groups/cfans/@pub/@cfans/@bell/documents/asset/cfans_asset_463272.pdf