Bee Amazed Exhibit Now Open!

Learn about the rainbow of bees hard at work in the Northwoods. 

You’ll bee amazed by their beauty and diversity.

Native pollinators are in the news, and we’re discovering every day how important—and imperiled—they are. The Museum’s 2018 exhibit, “Bee Amazed,” showcases the rainbow of bees who call the Northwoods home. The exhibit opened on May 1 and runs through March 2019.You’ll bee amazed by their beauty and diversity. From shiny green to furry orange and iridescent blue, native bees are not what you’d expect. Most of them nest in solitary burrows and none will sting you unprovoked. They are more efficient than honeybees at pollinating most of our favorite fruits and vegetables! But they need your help to thrive. Habitat destruction, pesticides, and climate change are causing more than half of all species of bees to be in decline.

To guide you through the exhibit we’ve enlisted the help of six Bee Buddies. Take a photo with your favorite bee, and then select a Bee Buddy card to carry through the exhibit. Look for your Bee Buddy’s symbol as you explore stations about diversity, pollination, the seasons, nesting, and conservation.

At the pollination station you will discover how native bees shake the pollen right out of blueberry and cranberry blossoms, and learn how blue orchard mason bees pollinate apple blossoms while you play a vintage pinball machine.

On our bee phenology mural, you can follow the lives of four bees as they emerge, reproduce, and forage on flowers throughout the summer. Don’t forget to push the buttons. Each bee’s path through the seasons lights up with a string of animated LED lights!

Most of our native bees are hard-working single mothers. Except for the colonial bumble bees, they build their nests and gather food for their young all by themselves.! But we’ve also built a bumble bee colony big enough to make you feel like a queen!  Make every bee feel like a queen when you include native flowers and other components to transform a yard into an excellent habitat for bees.

Thank you to all the volunteer “worker bees” who helped make this exhibit bloom to life! 




The Lois Nestel Memorial Exhibit Hall

Named after the Museum’s first Director and Naturalist, Lois Nestel, whose passion for nature inspired the creation of the Museum in 1968. Environmental controls and expanded exhibition space allow us to properly care for our exhibits, both built in house or on loan from other Museums.

Thanks also to support from Ron & Patty Anderson