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“New exhibits are top notch”

North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum
Ranked #1 of 34 things to do in Bismarck
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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 T. rex skeleton cast to a 1950s soda shop to rare beadwork, the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum offers interesting opportunities for you to connect North Dakota history with your life.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase
Reviewed 21 May 2014 via mobile

The Heritage Center recently re-opened with two new exhibits (and two more to come this fall). The new exhibits are focused on native life and prehistory. The museum did a great job of creating spaces that could engage young and old alike. We spent more than half a day in the two exhibits and would go again and again. Well done!

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Reviewed 9 May 2014

We had a great time at the Heritage Center. The space is filled with Native American history. The kids will love coming here - they have two teepees and lots of dinosaurs . Some of the areas will not be open until November 2 but it is still worth the trip. Admission is free.

1  Thank Jan W
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Reviewed 8 May 2014

The "new" Heritage Center is marvelous. Awe-inspiring architecture, jaw-dropping displays. It's made to explore. Love it!

1  Thank M A M
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Reviewed 1 May 2014

My four-year old grandson and I visited the ND Heritage Center's two new extensive galleries on Tuesday, April 29, the second day it was open. In the first of what I am sure will be many return visits we got our first glimpse of the thousands of artifacts highlighting the state’s history from prehistoric times to when Native American villages spotted the landscape prior to territorial days.

The first gallery we visited, the Adaptation Gallery, is centered on prehistoric North Dakota through 13,000 years ago. Highlighting the gallery are casts of Tyrannosaurus Rex and Triceratops skeletons. These casts are phenomenal!

The Mammoth in the hallway was a bit frightening at first, but then we became fascinated by the size of it and the amazing tusks. Also in the Adaptation Gallery are casts of skeletons of ancient sea creatures that lived in North Dakota approximately 80 million years ago when much of central North America was covered by a shallow sea. Among them are a 12-foot ancient sea turtle called an Archelon as well as a Xiphactinus, a 16-foot bony predatory fish. The sea turtle and the big fish were our favorites.

The second gallery is the Innovation Gallery and focuses on early North Dakota from about 13,000 years ago up until modern settlement of the state.

In the Innovation Gallery there are arrowheads, pottery and various tools and objects used by Native American peoples who lived in North Dakota between 13,000 years ago and 1860.

We loved our visit and we'll be back!

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3  Thank Carmen R
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Reviewed 2 April 2014 via mobile

Best museum in the capital of North Dakota. Dinosaur bones; Indian artifacts; the gold rush historical; it's a huge two level building that is still free for all ages. Where can can you get a chance to smell the Wild West!

1  Thank Wolfmertz
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