Explore North Dakota Archaeology & Paleontology

Experience North Dakota's prehistoric past first-hand on a fossil dig and at our Jurassic museums.

Millions of years before North Dakota was a state, prehistoric creatures lived out their legendary existence here. Today, visitors can explore fossil-bearing sites ranging in age from 30 years to 73 million years. Literally get your hands dirty excavating prehistoric sites through an education vacation and fossil dig. One-day and week-long adventures are available.

Visitors preferring to see this Jurassic history rather than finding it first hand will delight in the State Museum in the North Dakota Heritage Center and its amazing fossils, including one of the rarest: a mummified dinosaur named Dakota.

Dickinson Museum Center and Pioneer Trails Regional Museum in Bowman are two more must-see places for dino fans. Pioneer Trails Regional Museum offers day tours and field schools to dig sites.

Additional information on the prehistoric history of North Dakota is available through the state's Geological Survey.

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