Bell Museum's Audubon exhibit reopens Saturday

  • Updated: January 28, 2014 - 2:23 PM

John James Audubon set out to do life-size paintings of all the birds in America, necessitating an awkward pose for the flamingo.

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Audubon exhibit reopens Saturday

The Bell Museum of Natural History’s “Audubon and the Art of Birds” is closed briefly while the second phase of the exhibit is prepared. Some light-sensitive items will be packed away, with 45 additional items on display when the show reopens Saturday.

The exhibit features many works of wildlife artist John J. Audubon as well as works featuring birds by other artists. Fifty prints from the museum’s rare double-elephant folio edition of “John James Audubon’s Birds of America” will have been on display through the course of the exhibit.

Also continuing is “From the Field: Bird Paintings by Jim Rataczak” in the museum’s Jacques Gallery through Feb. 23. Rataczak specializes in painting birds and their natural habitat.

When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon.-Fri.; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun. Runs through June 8. • Where: Bell Museum, University of Minnesota, 17th & University Avs. SE., Mpls. • Tickets: $6 adults, $4 for ages 3-17 and seniors (free on Sundays). 612-626-9660 or

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