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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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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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This is the largest Museum in the State of ND, awesome awesome, took about 2 1/2 hours to see and FRE

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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minot,nd
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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 2 days ago NEW

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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Henderson, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We visited the Heritage Center for a wedding and were pleasantly surprised. This facility is newly constructed and houses a vast amount of North Dakota natural history. There are large prehistoric exhibits and modern interactive history exhibits. The foyer (large glass structure at the entrance) houses a good sized multi-purpose room for meetings, weddings, etc. A great place to visit... More 

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

As a native North Dakotan the center is a wonderful way to entertain guests and treat them to North Dakota's heritage. Wide range of exhibits, it's a beautiful facility.

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North Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Incredible facility - it was wonderful before the addition/renovation, and now is truly a gem - excellent exhibits and very nice staff

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Okay, so let's talk about the treehouse. There is this neat kids area with a big treehouse slide, UND simulator plane, paddle boat, horses, & fire truck. Kids loved it! Also enjoyed the luminescent rock display and the video on Teddy Roosevelt!

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Clearwater, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We spent an afternoon here and only got through half of the exhibits. Lots of hands on displays for kids and grown ups. Excellent natural history with dinosaurs and later mammals. The layout is a bit confusing to navigate but well worth the effort. We would stop here again. Free parking between the museum and the capital.

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Thank Jim S
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place covers everything from dinosaurs to bison to Native Americans. So, you will find something here that interest you. It is a bit hard to take it all in during a single visit since there is no one theme or focus. However, it is a pleasant enough place to spend a few hours.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is as family friendly as it can get they have a what they call a treehouse inside to let your kiddos run off some energy. This museum has a little bit of everything for everyone. Very well done and very free.

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