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North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum

Open Now: 08:00 - 17:00
Open today: 08:00 - 17:00
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One of the better state history museums - and I go to a lot of museums

An extremely well done state and natural history museum of North Dakota. Staff and volunteers were... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Washington DC, District of Columbia, USA
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Our vacation travelling around North Dakota was underwhelming until we hit this place. We have been... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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  • Average3%
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North Dakota's largest museum features four new museum galleries tracing the state's rich history from its earliest geologic formation 600 million years ago to today. Experience North Dakota's heritage throughout the museum spaces. From a life-size...more
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
612 E Boulevard Ave, Bismarck, ND 58505-0612
+1 701-328-2666
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 22 August 2008

When we decided we would tour this place while planning our trip, we thought it would be an OK diversion, but we had low expectations. We were greeted to this free facility and told that by walking around the whole thing we would see the...More

7  Thank beavertontim
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 16 August 2013

This center is currently under construction and according to staff will not be completed until late 2014. We had no knowledge of this and had traveled over 400 miles to visit. When completed, it will really be a gem!

6  Thank Art W
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All reviews north dakota gift shop native americans natural history something for everyone all ages play area front desk dinosaur skeletons interesting displays indian artifacts couple of hours great history on display state museum great place to visit free admission
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

An extremely well done state and natural history museum of North Dakota. Staff and volunteers were friendly and knowledgeable. The museum covers prehistoric to modern history. The natural history was easy to follow and well presented. I rarely purchase anything at a museum gift shop...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Our vacation travelling around North Dakota was underwhelming until we hit this place. We have been to a lot of places like this one and I have to say this was without doubt the most well done. There was a wide variety of very thorough...More

Thank SPreve
Reviewed 1 week ago

Museum is worth a visit and it's free. One of the best attraction is dinosaur artifacts. Has very good information on native american culture.

Thank BKTX
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great place for all ages. We visited and took our time to take in all the exhibits. It was great. Very interesting with lots of visual aids.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Loved this event! Both my husband & I thoroughly enjoyed painting & hearing from an expert how to begin! Thank you!

Thank sher I
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum does a terrific job of telling North Dakota's story. Galleries spotlight everything from dinosaurs to Native Americans. Currently on display is a special exhibit on the horse. Good news for those traveling with children - the museum is kids friendly. (My airport shuttle...More

Thank Wendybeth16
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Toured and saw some great history for the state. A must stop when in the area. This is great for you or your family to check out.

Thank Kevin R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful place with very nice people! Great history lesson on Indian heritage, surrounded by lovely grounds

Thank dgmac2018
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a must-visit site while in Bismarck. The front desk member of staff was very welcoming, advising about the various exhibits. Plenty to see from around the state. It was free to visit. An excellent attraction next to the state capitol. I would definitely...More

Thank nickss1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A really great museum. It was very interesting and love how the exhibits are being presented. Historical items and events were well done and they made everything amazing. We were so glad we spent the time there. The cultural heritage was done with excellence!!

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Response from clarify80 | Reviewed this property |
You could spend anywhere from 1 hour to 3 or 4. There's a lot to see and you can enjoy snacks/eats with your family too (they have things available).
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There are motorized wheelchairs available at the East Entrance of the building. Go to the information desk and they will help.