North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum

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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.

Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Top Features
  • Open Year 'Round
  • Self-Guided Tours
All Features
  • ADA-compliant
  • Self-Guided Tours
  • Open Year 'Round
Cost of Admission
  • Admission: Free
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