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 recently expanded North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum. 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 present-day developments such as 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 snacks at the James River Café.  Don't forget to try the dinosaur cookies!

After you explore the museum, take a walk on our beautiful grounds, part of the State Capitol's Arboretum Trail.

Admission is free.

Top Features
  • Family-Friendly
  • 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.
Guest Information
  • Family-Friendly