Prairie Village and Museum

48.35469, -99.996527

Take a walk through history at the Prairie Village Museum, a pioneer village at the Geographical Center of North America.
Farm machinery, antique and classic classic cars fill four exhibition halls.
Checking out the dishware in the 1885 log cabin.
Historic buildings including a dress shop, jail, livery stable, and blacksmith shop line the boardwalk.
Chatting outside the General Store.
On March 29, 2018, this group of Burleigh County men posed for a photo in Bismarck prior to their deployment into WWI. Photo credit: Holmboe Studio/State Historical Society of North Dakota
Cook car used to feed threshing crews on display at Prairie Village Museum.
"Scandinavian Giant" Clifford Thompson makes visitors look up.
102 Highway 2 SE,
Rugby ND 58368
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Prairie Village & Museum features 23 historic buildings and six exhibition halls arranged around a quaint village square. Touring the museum is like taking a walk through a turn-of-the-century prairie town. Historic buildings include the Penn (N.D.) Depot, York (N.D.) Jail, Pleasant Lake (N.D.) Bank, Silva (N.D.) Consolidated School and much more.

The museum's expansive collection includes everything from Native American powwow dresses to antique cars and farm machinery, to a real iron lung. In Silva School, visitors will find a replica of Silva native Clifford Thompson, one of the world's tallest men.

Visitors are consistently impressed by the depth and accessibility of the museum's collections, which has earned the museum at five-star rating on Trip Advisor. The site is within walking distance of Rugby's greatest claim to fame, the Geographical Center of North America monument.

All Features

  • ADA-compliant
  • Self-Guided Tours
  • Dates of Operation
    May 15 - Sept. 15
Cost of Admission
  • Admission
    $8 adults; $6 seniors, students, veterans; $4 ages 6-17, 5 and under free. Free for active-duty military and their families.
  • Military
  • Senior Citizen
  • Student
Facility Amenities
  • Concessions
  • Pet-Friendly
  • Restrooms
General Information
  • Hours of Operation
    Village open for touring seven days a week May 15-September 30. Open for school and bus tours May-September by appointment. Museum store and main gallery open limited hours during the off season.
Group & Meeting Information
  • Advance Reservations Required
Guest Information
  • Family-Friendly
  • Countryside
  • Interstate