14 North Dakota Museums to Stir Your Senses

The museums you find here tell the story of North Dakota and stimulate the minds of old and young alike. From flying dinosaurs to soaring warbirds, from artists' brush strokes on canvas to polished rocks, North Dakota has a museum sure to lift the spirit.

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State Museum at the North Dakota Heritage Center

The State Museum at the North Dakota Heritage Center recently completed an expansion project that more than doubled its size. Thousands of artifacts and specimens, high-tech displays, and interactive exhibits help tell the story of our state.

612 E. Boulevard Ave. Bismarck, ND 58505
Corsair on display at the Fargo Air Museum. 2
Fargo Air Museum

Blue skies prevail year round at the Fargo Air Museum, a premier flying museum in the Upper Midwest. The rotation of historic flyable airplanes include P-51 Mustang, Duggy - "the Smile in the Sky" airplane, TBM Avenger, Corsair, L Birds, PT-19 Fairchild, Pitts Special, Wright Flyer replica, Ag Cat and more.

1609 19th Ave. N. Fargo, ND 58102
3
Plains Art Museum

Accredited fine art museum in the heart of historic downtown Fargo. Cafe Muse, The Store, exhibitions, performances, special events, tours, classes. Plains Art Museum is available for receptions, meeting, and banquets. Full-service catering and AV equipment available in a brilliantly renovated, historic, yet modern art museum.

704 1st Ave. N. Fargo, ND 58108
4
Pembina State Museum

Discover 100 million years of regional history from the Cretaceous Age to contemporary times in the permanent exhibit gallery. Pembina State Museum also features temporary exhibit gallery, museum store, seven-story-tall viewing tower, meeting room rentals, and tourist information.

805 Highway 59 Pembina, ND 58271
5
Dakota Territory Air Museum

The museum tells and shows rich and varied story of region's aviation history. In addition to a replica of the Wright Flyer, the museum displays military and civilian aircraft from 1903 through the present. There are exhibits, narratives, kiosks, military uniforms, aviation items, memorabilia, paintings, photographs and a gift shop.

100 34th Ave. N.E. Minot, ND 58702
6
National Buffalo Museum

The National Buffalo Museum is devoted to the cultural and natural history of bison and the prairie. The museum portrays the evolution of the buffalo through its displays and exhibits. Look for the live herd of buffalo and the rare albino buffalo, White Cloud.

500 17th St. SE Jamestown, ND 58401
7
North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame

The Center of Western Heritage and Cultures: Native American, Ranching and Rodeo in Medora provides the history and heritage of the trail drivers, homesteaders, rodeo stars, Native Americans and the horse's impact on plains culture.

250 Main Street Medora, ND 58645
8
North Dakota Railroad Museum

The museum has railroad artifacts, railroad pictures, Railroad Hall of Fame, 5 acres with rolling stock and 3,000-square-foot railroad displays. Free admission. New exhibits include 1890 Steele Depot and SW diesel switcher engine.

3102 37th St. NW Mandan, ND 58554
9
Game Warden Museum

The Game Warden Museum educates the public of the historical and present-day roles of wildlife law enforcement and natural resources conservation. The Hall of Honors is dedicated to wildlife enforcement officers who have lost their lives while serving. The museum houses a wide and interesting variety of animal pelts, mounted animals, horns and antlers for visitors to see and touch. Programs are available to children and youth, while visiting the Peace Garden.

International Peace Garden Dunseith, ND 58329
10
Paul Broste Rock Museum

This unique museum displays rock specimens from all over the world. The museum was a brainchild of Mr. Paul Broste, a local farmer, artist and collector. He acquired only the finest specimens from all over the world. They were cut, ground and polished into spheres and slabs of unimaginable beauty.

508 Main St. N. Parshall, ND 58770
11
Three Affiliated Tribes Museum

Museum serves as heritage center to display and preserve history and culture of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara people.

New Town New Town, ND 58763
12
Pioneer Trails Regional Museum

Museum has cowboy, Native American and military history, unique gardens, artifacts, fossils, dinosaurs, guided tours of fossil sites.

12 First Ave. NE Bowman, ND 58623
13
Blessing Museum

The museum and other buildings are open any time by appointment. Stop by the grounds to see the log house, "soddy," log outhouse, grinding wheel and ox cart replica. Visit our website for more information.

201 Almeron Ave. Drayton, ND 58225
14
Dakota Dinosuar Museum

The Dakota Dinosaur Museum features 11 full-scale dinosaur skeletons inside and two outside, including real skeletons excavated from the area, one of the world's finest real Triceratops skulls, skeletal casts and sculptures. Visitors may also view an outstanding mineral collection from locations all over the world, invertebrate fossils, and a real Rhinoceros and a bison excavated from the area.

200 E. Museum Drive Dickinson, ND 58601
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