Denise Young, Executive Director, will take attendees on a virtual tour of the new Bell Museum, Minnesota's official natural history museum and planetarium. The museum, founded in 1872, has long been considered a treasure for learning about art, science, and the environment. The Bell recently opened their new facility on the University of Minnesota's St. Paul campus, featuring a state-of-the-art digital planetarium, renowned wildlife dioramas, high tech exhibits, outdoor experiences, and more. Learn what makes the museum an ideal destination for the whole family as well as Denise's perspective on the challenges and opportunities of running a 21st century natural history museum.
Dr. Denise Young is the Executive Director of the Bell Museum. She holds degrees in Early Childhood Education, Educational Leadership, and Curriculum and Instruction, all from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She began her career in science education as a classroom teacher in North Carolina. Her teaching was recognized nationally, including by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Prior to her current role, she was the director of education and planning at UNC's Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, where she did things like produce planetarium shows, create exhibits, and start new science events. One of those events – the North Carolina Science Festival – is among the largest annual public science events in the world. As the Bell Museum's executive director, she is continuing her career of bringing attention and excitement to the role science plays in all of our lives.