Sustainable Shelter: Dwelling in the Forces of Nature


Sustainable Shelter: Dwelling Within the Forces of Nature discusses the techniques through which animals and humans have adapted to differing environments through an amazing diversity of structures. The exhibition investigates the ways that human dwellings extract, use, and discard energy, water and other precious natural resources and reveals innovative new design solutions that can help restore the health and viability of Earth’s natural environment.

Sustainable Shelter is organized by the Bell Museum of Natural History at the University of Minnesota.

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To make a gift in support of this exhibition, click this link and select “Sustainable Shelter Individual Contribution” or “Sustainable Shelter Corporate Contribution” in the drop-down menu or contact Barbara Richardson at, 404.856.5963

Public Tours

On Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons, MODA offers exhibition tours free of charge with regular admission.

Our current exhibition, Sustainable Shelter: Dwelling Within the Forces of Nature, demonstrates how our homes and domestic routines impact the planet. On the tour, you will discover how design, construction, and technology can help us create homes that function as more effective components of Earth’s natural cycles.  You will also learn about sustainable building elements such as green roofs and permeable pavement, and will discuss how animals design their homes to work with the environment . Come join the conversation and discover how we can all be better stewards of the environment.

Thursdays tours begin at 6:30pm and last approximately 45 minutes. Advance registration is not available.

Saturday tours start at 4:00pm and last approximately 45 minutes. Advance registration is not available.

Questions? Contact Alice Weston at