8 Stops on North Dakota Dinosaur Tour

Discover North Dakota's prehistoric past with these fossil sites and dino attractions.
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State Museum at the North Dakota Heritage Center

Fossil exhibits here trace the history of life in North Dakota from about 90 million years ago to present day. View the Corridor of Time and learn about North Dakota’s prehistoric background through exhibits like Dakota the Dino-Mummy, the Mosasaur, a Paleocene Era Pond Exhibit, Mastadon and Bison latifrons skull.

612 E Boulevard Ave Bismarck, ND 58505
2
Paul Broste Rock Museum

One of North Dakota’s most unique and interesting museums is named for a farmer who had an inordinate fondness for rocks, minerals and fossils. Broste amassed a huge collection over many years and built a museum out of field stone to house his collection.

508 Main St. N. Parshall, ND 58770
Three Affliated Tribes Museum in New Town. 3
Three Affiliated Tribes Museum

See the cast of the skull of the giant bison, Bison latifrons, at this heritage center built to preserve history and culture of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara people. The original skull was found along the shore of Lake Sakakawea near New Town.

New Town New Town, ND 58763
4
Long X Visitors Center

While excavating a prehistoric crocodile remains, a huge, beautifully preserved petrified tree stump was discovered still in growth position. After the rock was removed from around the stump it was determined to be nine feet in diameter and eight feet tall – the largest petrified tree stump ever seen in North Dakota.

100 Second Ave. SW Watford City, ND 58854
5
Dakota Dinosaur Museum

North Dakota’s dino gem houses 11 full-scale dinosaurs, including a real skeleton of a Triceratops. View a complete Triceratops skull in the museum’s model lab and rare minerals and rocks from around the world.

200 E. Museum Drive Dickinson, ND 58601
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Dakota Prairie Grasslands, Medora Ranger District Office

Sixty-million-year-old crocodile remains from the famous Wannagan Creek fossil site on U.S. Forest Service administered land near Medora are featured in this small exhibit in the Medora Ranger District Office in Dickinson.

161 21st St. West Dickinson, ND 58601
Cowboy Hall of Fame in Medora. 7
North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame

The museum debunks the myth that horses did not inhabit North America until they were introduced by the Spaniards during the early days of conquest. See for yourself and view the skeleton of the 30-million-year-old horse, Mesohippus, proving horses are indigenous to North America.

250 Main Street Medora, ND 58645
8
Pioneer Trails Regional Museum and Paleontology Department

This regional research and repository for history from within 100 miles of Bowman is active in archaeological and paleontological research and houses preservation collections relating to North Dakota history. The museum also showcases local artists and traveling displays and sponsors guest speakers.

12 First Ave NW Bowman, ND 58623
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