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North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum

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Address: 612 E Boulevard Ave, Bismarck, ND 58505
Phone Number: +1 701-328-2666
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8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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North Dakota's largest museum features four new museum galleries tracing...

North Dakota's largest museum features four new museum galleries tracing the state's rich history from its earliest geologic formation 600 million years ago to today. Experience North Dakota's heritage throughout the museum spaces. From a life-size T. rex skeleton cast to a 1950s soda shop to rare beadwork, the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum offers interesting opportunities for you to connect North Dakota history with your life.

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We decided to spend some time here as it was so terribly windy we could not do what we had planned for the day. We were pleasantly surprised by the amount of things that were... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Valerie K
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Wolsey, South Dakota

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Wolsey, South Dakota
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45 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We decided to spend some time here as it was so terribly windy we could not do what we had planned for the day. We were pleasantly surprised by the amount of things that were displayed. There were 5 rooms filled to capacity with native american, homesteaders, farming, music, miitary, gems, and dinosaur artifacts. The East River Coffee house is... More 

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Bismarck, North Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The outside grounds and the building itself are awesome to experience. Inside the Heritage Center many exhibits that are a must see!! Many different eras: pre-historic, Indian, many others! Everyone of the exhibits are a must see as each is very unique!

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Thank Mark A
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We enjoyed the variety of displays and the level of information provided. Had some interesting hands on displays as well.

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Thank DeAnna F
New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Very good museum illustrating the history of the state. There are many large fossils and scenes depicting the earliest geological history of ND. Many Indian artifacts and exhibits highlight the contribution many groups made to our nation. Check out the amazing buffalo sculpture our front made out of rebar!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

What a wonderful asset to the community! If you visit Bismarck, make sure you spend some time at the Heritage Center. I would honestly allow a couple hours to really take it all in. I didn't know much about the history of North Dakota - or much about the Native American ways of life. This center was so educational, but... More 

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Fargo, North Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a great-must stop in Bismarck! The very BEST part is that it is FREE! The exhibits are appropriate and interesting for both adults and kids. My family and I loved the historic aspect on the history of North Dakota. There is also a cute café/coffee shop onsite for light meals/snacks. Well worth the visit! We will visit again!

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Medford, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a serious collection of artifacts. Our minds were boggled after 2 1/2 hours. We discovered the archives, which are available to every day folk. Fabulous fabulous fabulous!

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Needham, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Even before you step inside, the grounds and the building itself are a treat to be experienced. Inside the Heritage Center are wonderful exhibits that are a must see. They depict several different eras: pre-historic, Indian, agricultural, geologic, etc. Each exhibit is a must see as each is unique. The volunteers at both locations are marvelous and so helpful, and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What an excellent museum with the right balance of history, interactive science and beauty. Starting with the knowledgeable and friendly docents, we were feeling right at home. The museum is a great size, you can see highlights pretty quickly, or spend ours getting into more detail. Don't think it was a permanent exhibit but the fossilized dinosaur was awesome -... More 

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North Bay, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped in for a couple hours on our way through Bismark. Fun little museum with great dinosaur displays and some interesting interactive displays. Nice gift shop. Would recommend as this is a well curated museum that only asks for donations

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