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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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Great place to spend a day

We were surprised at how big the facility was. Exhibits were fairly new and comprehensive. A cafe was available. It never felt crowded and the kids were kept interested and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Philip, South Dakota
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Philip, South Dakota
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31 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We were surprised at how big the facility was. Exhibits were fairly new and comprehensive. A cafe was available. It never felt crowded and the kids were kept interested and engaged.

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Manhattan, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you find yourself driving across North Dakota and have the impression the state is a barren, cultureless, wasteland, PLEASE visit this museum, as it will help steer you straight. North Dakota is none of those, and this museum helps tell the story why there is so much more than what meets the eye. It was recently renovated from an... More 

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Cleveland Heights, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I grew up in Bismarck and when I moved away I missed the old Heritage Center. When I moved back I was a little upset that they had remodeled, but my kids absolutely love it! Great dinosaur skeletons. Lost of interactive displays for kids and adults. If you have little ones, don't miss the Treehouse play area!

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Mandan, North Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Wonderful day trip destination for families. Many activities and exhibits for children and adults. The building is easy to access for strollers and wheelchairs.

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Bismarck
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

What a great showplace to see the past and present. Very clean and laid out so a person has a very easy time walking through the displays.

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Valley City, North Dakota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The museum definitely show cases the past and present of North Dakota. It is a state of the art facility. It would be nice if te Saturday hours began at 9:00 am

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Swan Hill, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Great starting point to learn about the history of North Dakota. Plenty to see. Exhibitions were good and they're well laid out.

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minot,nd
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

For the price tag that North Dakota put into this I thought it would be a lot more.....It seemed a lot of it was brass and glass and not about history.....

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Thank rena33
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Largest Museum in State of ND, on the beautiful Capital Grounds in Bismarck, ND Took about 2 1/2 hours to look at everything. Great for kids and also wonderful for Adults. And guess what? FREE admission

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Oakdale, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

From reading TA reviews, we realized this was a top rated place to visit, but guessed we would spend a couple of hours there. Five hours after we entered, we decided we were ready to leave. The building and galleries are well designed for leisurely exploration. If you have kids, the dinosaur exhibits will hold their interest for an hour,... More 

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