J. F. Bell Museum of Natural History Herbarium (MIN)

The Bell Museum of Natural History was established in 1872 by the state legislature. The Herbarium started in 1889 with the purchase of John Sandberg's private collection (6000 specimens). The representation of Minnesota's flora is unparalleled and the assemblage of historic flora of the Upper Midwest is among the best in the U.S. Additionally there are excellent collections of circumboreal and arctic material and historical collections of H. Rusby and R. Squires (1895-1896, Orinoco River delta), J.W. Congdon (1894-1903, California, especially the Yosemite region); South Pacific collections of J. Tilden, A.A. Heller, and J.W. Moore; and more recent Papua New Guinea flora (G. Weiblen and students). Currently the Herbarium contains approximately 940,000 botanical and mycological specimens combined. Only the vascular plant records are being posted to this site at this time.
Contacts: Anita Cholewa, Curator (chole001@umn.edu)
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 13 November 2017
IPT / DwC-A Source:
Digital Metadata: EML File
Bell Museum of Natural History
University of Minnesota
1445 Gortner Avenue
St. Paul, Minnesota   55108-1095
[1] 612/ 625-0215
Collection Statistics
  • 84,308 specimen records
  • 37,914 (45%) georeferenced
  • 84,303 (100%) with images (101,298 total images)
  • 78,802 (93%) identified to species
  • 32 families
  • 57 genera
  • 1,351 species
  • 1,789 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
Extra Statistics