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Bonanzaville USA

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Address: 1351 West Main Avenue, Fargo, ND 58078
Phone Number:
+1 701 282 2822
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

A recreated pioneer village, Bonanzaville is Fargo's must-see destination...

A recreated pioneer village, Bonanzaville is Fargo's must-see destination with over 400,000 artifacts in 43 historic buildings to simulate late 19th-century life in the Red River Valley. Our museum collections include a tractor museum, air museum, car museum, Fargo's First House, the Houston House, a model railroad train display, and more. The new Lucien C. Barnes Pavilion has a rotating exhibit gallery that always offers something new to see year round. Theres something for everyone in the family at Bonanzaville!

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Super Place - Loved it!

Wonderful historic place. My mouth was hanging open. Unbelievable historic collections. Really enjoyed myself and will be returning soon. You need a few hours to go through... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 10 November 2016
Cincinnati, Ohio
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Fargo, North Dakota
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Bonanzaville has been a family favorite for years! Anyone with interest in history or the 1800s will appreciate the pioneer village. There is a TON to see and enjoy! Yearly events like Pioneer Days or Christmas on the Prairie are enjoyable. I have been there several times and continue to go once a year!

1 Thank Lyn T
Cincinnati, Ohio
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80 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

Wonderful historic place. My mouth was hanging open. Unbelievable historic collections. Really enjoyed myself and will be returning soon. You need a few hours to go through everything.

1 Thank onthegowPhilandboys
Iowa City
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35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

I had a fantastic time photographing the various exhibits and stepping back in time. The young woman who served as docent was dressed in period attire and served as a valuable asset in answering questions about the museum.

1 Thank Robert M
Brainerd, Minnesota
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

We went for the 4th of July Celebration. First of all, it is very affordable. This is something you can afford on almost any budget. They even have a cafeteria upstairs where the church ladies bake and prepare pies and baked goods and they serve food and drinks for very cheap. They do have vendors selling food and drink in... More 

1 Thank JacquiO29
Springfield, VA
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119 reviews
53 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

We drove over to Bonanzaville from our hotel and it was closed. It looks interesting with lots of old buildings and such. I had read on other reviews that it might be closed. Looks like it would be nice for families.

1 Thank DonnainSpringfield
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

All building are well laid out, not crowded. I went on a Monday in May and there were very few people there. As usual back in the early days, stairways to the bedrooms upstairs are very narrow and steep, wouldn't recommend touring the upstairs if you have knee or mobile issues. The museum staff were friendly and readily available to... More 

2 Thank Connie O
Mount Uniacke, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

It was very interesting to check out North Dakota history by visiting Bonanzaville. It was nice to be able to visit the buildings at our own pace. The price to enter seemed a bit steep, but some artifacts were very old and neat to see!

2 Thank Cloudwater88
Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

This place has a wide display of history. I like the feel like you are walking through and old town which is nice. The houses are really well kept and make you realize how tough times would have been in the past. Great collection of old cars and farm machinery. The old saloon bar was great , pity there was... More 

1 Thank Ciarán M
Chicago, Illinois
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57 reviews
29 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

So many little (and big!) things to see. I went planning to spend an hour, and ended up spending three - and saw maybe half of it. Don't expect modern curation, good lighting, or detailed signs. DO expect to see little bits of life from pioneer times to today, presented in a variety of different ways. This is a place... More 

3 Thank JeffWagg
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4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

My husband and I spent a Sunday afternoon touring the exhibits. We didn't realize how many buildings there are. Our favorite was the train depot and the Kathryn depot with an incredible display of toy/collector trains. We also really enjoyed the car museum.

1 Thank Mary K

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