North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum

46.818975, -100.780684

The only design of its kind in the nation, the stunning steel and glass Northern Lights Atrium welcomes visitors to the North Dakota Heritage Center.
The Innovation Gallery: Early Peoples, devoted to the Native peoples of North Dakota, highlights the beauty and breadth of the State Museum's collections.
The mastodon is featured in the Corridor of History in the State Museum at the North Dakota Heritage Center.
Examine the beauty and workmanship of the State Museum's outstanding textile collections exhibited in the Innovation Gallery: Early Peoples.
This experimental spacesuit for travel to Mars is featured in the Inspiration Gallery: Yesterday and Today.
Nationally acclaimed artist Rob Evans spent four months creating the hand-painted cyclorama of Double Ditch Indian Village displayed in the Innovation Gallery: Early Peoples.
A 1950s soda shop is featured in the Inspiration Gallery: Yesterday and Today.
See impressive life-sized casts of a Tyrannosaurus rex and a Triceratops engaged in battle in the Adaptation Gallery: Geologic Time.
See a skeleton cast of the giant sea turtle Archelon in the Underwater World exhibit in the Adaptation Gallery: Geologic Time.
612 E. Boulevard Ave.,
Bismarck ND 58505
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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 North Dakota Heritage Center and State Museum.

Thousands of artifacts and specimens, high-tech displays, and interactive exhibits in four museum galleries trace North Dakota history from 600 million years ago through current developments. The Treehouse exhibit invites young children to discover and explore North Dakota life, past and present.

Ride in the tractor cab simulator for a firsthand perspective on farming. Find the world's largest giant squid fossil 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

Check out the night at the state museum video featuring North Dakota native Josh Duhamel.

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  • ADA-compliant
  • Self-Guided Tours
  • Open Year 'Round
Cost of Admission
  • Admission
General Information
  • Hours of Operation
    State Museum and Store: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. We are closed New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. State Archives: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., except state holidays; second Saturday of each