Tom Amble

Bell Museum of Natural History
Museum Preparator
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Tom is a Museum Preparator with the James Ford Bell Museum of Natural History at the University of Minnesota, where he brings 30 years of experience fabricating exhibits, mountmaking, artifact installation, and coordinating traveling exhibits. His museum experience started with the Minnesota Historical Society and the construction of their new building in the 1990s. Tom is currently managing the move from the Bell’s WPA-era building on the Minneapolis campus to a new state-of-the-art Bell Museum+Planetarium on the St. Paul campus. The most thrilling part of the job has been the moving of the historic (and massive) Francis Lee Jaques dioramas. He has also been instrumental in making sure that the new building is meeting the needs of the next generation of visitors while still being inviting to visitors who have been loyal patrons to the Bell for decades. Tom has spent his entire life mastering the skills and expertise to make a move of this scale successful. When Tom is not at his museum job he is running his own business consulting and managing North American anthropological collections, including donating time to run related state and national organizations. Any left over time is spent traveling with his bride of 20 years, Terry Scheller, around the world with “stellar” birding as the focus. Tom’s goal is to continually add to his education daily.