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The Bell Museum's new Family Fungi Fest pays homage to the Pilobolus Dance Theater troupe (pictured above), which is currently playing at Northrop Auditorium.

Mushrooms, mold and modern dance celebrated at Bell Museum's Family Fungi Fest

Contacts: Nina Shepherd, Bell Museum,, (612) 624-7389
Patty Mattern, University News Service,, (612) 624-2801

January 25, 2010

The Bell Museum of Natural History will kick off a day celebrating the world of fungi at Family Fungi Fest, a drop-in, family-friendly event from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13 at the Bell, 10 Church St. S.E., Minneapolis.

The event pays homage to the Pilobolus Dance Theater, a dance troupe that takes its name from a type of fungi known for its otherworldly shapes. The troupe is performing an all-ages show sponsored by Northrop Dance immediately following the museum's event.

The museum's Family Fungi Fest will feature exotic fungi from the museum's scientific collections, a chance to experiment with live organisms and demonstrations by members of the Minnesota Mycological Society, a group devoted to mushroom and fungi hunting, collecting, cooking and crafting. Bell tour guides will lead kids on a mushroom hunt in the museum's diorama halls and Touch and See Room and everyone will be able to take home a mushroom "cap" of their own creation.

Afterward, families can choose to go next door to Northrop Auditorium for Pilobolus's 2 p.m. performance, followed by a free, fun-filled family dance party beginning at 3:30 p.m. with members of the Pilobolus troupe and University of Minnesota dance students. Visit for performance ticket information.

The museum event is free with regular museum admission. The museum offers a variety of family-friendly activities including Nature Tots every third Thursday of the month. For details, visit The museum is part of the university's College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources Sciences.

Tags: College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences

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