State Museum at the North Dakota Heritage Center

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612 E. Boulevard Ave., Bismarck, ND

From a life-size T. rex skeleton cast to a Mars spacesuit to exhibits of rare pottery and beadwork, there's history for everyone at the State Museum at the North Dakota Heritage Center. Thousands of artifacts and specimens, high-tech displays, and interactive exhibits in four new museum galleries trace North Dakota history from 600 million years ago through current developments including the oil boom.

Ride in the tractor cab simulator for a firsthand perspective on farming. Find the world's largest giant squid fossil in the Underwater World exhibit, and discover hunting strategies of the earliest peoples in the state.

Shop in the Museum Store and enjoy a meal or snack at the James River Café. Don't forget to try the dinosaur cookies!


Admission is free, seven days a week. Find more at

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  • Open Year 'Round
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  • Open Year 'Round
Cost of Admission
  • Admission: Free
General Information
  • Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 8 a.m-5 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.