Experience the beauty and wonder of the new galleries and exhibit spaces at the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum. Thousands of artifacts and specimens, high-tech displays, and interactive exhibits help tell the story of our state.
Start your chronological journey through time with the Adaptation Gallery: Geologic Time. Dinosaur tracks in the Corridor of History floor lead you to the story of early North Dakota life and geology, featuring life-sized skeleton casts of a Tyrannosaurus rex and a Triceratops ready to battle.
Follow the footprints symbolizing the arrival of the first people to inhabit North Dakota. Innovation Gallery: Early Peoples features more than 1,000 artifacts telling the story of early life on the Northern Plains. Don’t miss the exquisite 6’ x 20’ hand-painted mural depicting Double Ditch Indian Village in 1550.
Enter the Inspiration Gallery: Yesterday and Today and prepared to be wowed by objects, including an experimental Mars space suit, representing six themes explored within the exhibits: Agricultural Innovation; Industry and Energy; Newcomers and Settlement; Conflict and War; Our lives, Our communities, and Cultural Expressions. The gallery spans North Dakota’s story from 200 years ago to modern times. See a homestead shack, visit a soda shop from the 1950s, listen to veterans’ oral histories, experience planting crops from the seat of a modern tractor, and explore the state’s current energy and petroleum development.
Permanent exhibits in three new galleries trace North Dakota history from the geologic past of 600 million years ago through the present day:
The new Governors Gallery features temporary and traveling exhibits, as well as educational programs. Our first temporary exhibit, Power of the People, was produced by Touchstone Energy Cooperatives of North Dakota and is partially sponsored by the State Historical Society and its Foundation. This exhibit tells the rural electric development story, its impact on North Dakota, and their future vision.
The Treehouse OPENING 2015
The Treehouse will introduce young visitors to the museum.
612 East Boulevard Ave.
Bismarck, North Dakota 58505
State Museum and Store: 8am - 5pm M-F; Sat. & Sun. 10am - 5pm.
We are closed New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
State Archives: 8am - 4:30pm., M-F, except state holidays, and 2nd Sat. of each month, 10am - 4:30 pm.
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phone: (701) 328-2666
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