Barnes County Historical Society

46.925424, -98.003252

315 Central Ave N
KXJB Channel 4 TV started in Valley City in 1954
working Hi-Line Bridge HO Model
Gundy the Triceratops, found by Mike Triebold in NW South Dakota. Loaned by the ND Geological Survey!
Gundy The Triceratops!
Working 1918 player piano for hands-on demonstration.
1901 Oldsmobile
1926 Ford Model T
315 Central Ave. N.,
Valley City ND 58072
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The Barnes County Historical Society is an 18,000-square-foot facility dedicated to telling the history of Barnes County specifically and adjacent areas generally. It features frequently changing exhibits and special traveling exhibits, lecture, and events over the course of the year. On display is "Gundy the Triceratops." Valley City's Mike Triebold, of Triebold Paleontology, discovered Gundy in 1992 on private ranchland in the Hell Creek Formation deposits of northwestern South Dakota. Gundy is from the Cretaceous Period dated to 65 million years old. She was more than 80% complete. Her skull is 5 1/2 feet long and 4 feet wide and was almost 95% complete in its fossil form. She is about 18 feet long.

We also have an HO scale model of the Hi-Line Bridge, the shoes of Christian Paetow known as the Largest Man in Dakota Territory and the oldest registered car in North Dakota, a 1901 Oldsmobile among many other artifacts of local historical connection and genealogical archives as well. 

The Timepiece Gift Shop has lots of interesting items for sale.

All Features

  • ADA-compliant
  • Guided Tours
  • Self-Guided Tours
  • Open Year 'Round
Cost of Admission
  • Admission
    Free Admission
General Information
  • Hours of Operation
    Closed major holidays. Sundays and after hours by appointment. Groups welcome.
Guest Information
  • Family-Friendly