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Review of Bonanzaville USA

Bonanzaville USA
Ranked #7 of 40 things to do in Fargo
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: A recreated pioneer village, Bonanzaville is Fargo's must-see destination with over 400,000 artifacts in 43 historic buildings to simulate late 19th-century life in the Red River Valley. Our museum collections include a tractor museum, air museum, car museum, Fargo's First House, the Houston House, a model railroad train display, and more. The new Lucien C. Barnes Pavilion has a rotating exhibit gallery that always offers something new to see year round. Theres something for everyone in the family at Bonanzaville!
Reviewed September 26, 2013

A ton of historical artifacts. It has a large Pioneer Village that is great to spend time visiting. The old car musuem houses some of the oldest and most rare automobiles. I would highly recommend visiting for a long period of time as it has everything. My kids enjoyed the train museum, the telephone museum and the old school the most. This place is fun for all ages.

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Reviewed September 21, 2013

Pleasantly surprised by the quality and variety of the exhibits. If you like antiques and historical treasures, this is for you. It took close to 3 hours to walk through all the buildings and exhibits. Well worth the price of the $10 admission.

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Reviewed September 11, 2013

I'll say up front, you need to like history and be willing to linger a bit at some of the displays. Really really antsy kids may get distracted, although there's enough here to keep them happy and you can certainly power through quickly. But you'll miss a lot. Always love the model railroad and full-size train display; the antique farm equipment; the old cars; and the displays of early pioneer living. Also, don't overlook the main museum when you first come in, most people are eager to get out into Bonanzaville proper but the museum has outstanding interpretive displays. Good gift shop also.

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Reviewed August 11, 2013

Cant wait to go back! My husband and I took our 19 month old with us, she had fun walking through the old houses and up and down the stairs. We had fun looking at all of the neat things!! The telephone museum was fun.

1  Thank Stephanie M
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Reviewed August 10, 2013

Bonanzaville is essentially a recreated pioneer community, replete with shops, stores and a church, all being fitted out with a unique collection of artifacts. The main building houses the reception, gift shop and soon-to-be archives, as well as an exhibition gallery that presents some interesting but uniformly quaint displays that harken back to a time when the Cass County Museum was first created. A temporary display, "Up in Arms" documenting the gun culture of the United States filled out most of the remainder of the main building. Going beyond is the real fun of the museum as each building held a storehouse of treasures, many of them lovingly donated by members of the community. For example, the car collection in a large warehouse was packed with interesting examples of automobile development, back to Ford Model Ts but also including a 1936 Rolls Royce, and oddities such as 1981 Freeway (single-seat commuter) and a 1904 Detroit Electric. The "Yanks Air Museum" has a Curtiss Model D biplane replica, Douglas C-47 Skytrain transport and a McDonnell-Douglas F-4C Phantom II jet fighter, along with other unique types. Every stop produced something interesting, drug store items, medical implements, farm machinery, a locomotive, even a horse-drawn hearse. A church in the site actually is used for weddings, and an annual pioneers day celebration is also set there. I honestly didn't expect much and instead my wife and I had a delightful visit, exploring and discovering all the memorabilia of a long-lost time.

1  Thank Bill Z
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