North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum

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North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum ,
612 E. Boulevard Ave.,
Bismarck, ND 58505

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.

All Features

  • Activities
    • Self-guided Tours
  • General Information
    • Family-Friendly,
    • Free Admission
  • Accessibility
    • Accessible Entrance,
    • Passenger Drop-off/Pick-up,
    • Paved,
    • Wheelchair-accessible,
    • Wheelchair-accessible Parking,
    • Wheelchair-accessible Restrooms,
    • Wheelchair-accessible Seating,
    • Service Animals Allowed

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