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Visitors given rare opportunity to picnic among Minnesota nature this Valentine's Day at the Bell Museum of Natural History

January 17, 2013

The great outdoors are indoors at the Bell Museum this Valentine’s Day where visitors are invited to enjoy a gourmet picnic and a night at the museum with the one, group or family that they "dig!"

For the first time ever, visitors can reserve a diorama of their choice, in front of which they can enjoy a picnic with up to six guests. Lights will be dimmed, picnic blankets spread out and a picnic dinner from award-winning French restaurant, Barbette, served. Before dinner, visitors can tour the Bell’s current exhibit, Dig It! The Secrets of Soil, play yard games in the Touch & See Discovery Room and explore the museum. Details on the special evening are below and found online at

I Dig You! A Valentine’s Picnic In Minnesota’s Great Outdoors…Indoors!
February 14, 2013; 6 p.m.: Museum & bar open; 7 p.m.: Pick up your picnic basket!

Evening includes...
• gourmet picnic meal from award-winning restaurant, Barbette
• one complimentary beverage (additional cash bar available)

• sweets from local chocolatier B.T. McElrath
• tour Dig It! The Secrets of Soil
• lawn games in the Touch & See Discovery Rom
• picnic blanket or table at private diorama

• parking included—one complimentary space per diorama

• Bell Museum admission

• giveaways and door prizes

Cost for the dinner is $30.00 per person. A separate group diorama reservation fee applies, ranging from $30.00-$60.00, with discounts for Bell Museum members. Guests can reserve their diorama and dinner at

Sponsored by Barbette, providing a menu of:
• Assorted charcuterie of cured meats, pate and terrine with dijon and cornichons

• Spinach and feta phyllo-wrapped pies 

• Mini wheel of brie, fruit compote, truffle honey, crackers

• Cold orzo salad with dill pesto, cucumbers and peas

• Dolmadas (pilaf wrapped in preserved grape leaves)

• Olive tapenade & Roasted red pepper tapenade

• French baguette

The Bell Museum is part of the University’s College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, and strives to advance the quest to discover, document and understand life in its many forms and to inspire curiosity, delight and informed stewardship of the natural world. For details, visit  

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