North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum

The State Museum at the North Dakota Heritage Center offers exhibits which encompass the geology, archaeology, culture, traditions, and peoples encountered during the Corps of Discovery Expedition. Exhibits in the Early People's Gallery inform visitors about the fur trade, cultures and sites of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara peoples, Sakakawea, river transportation methods, bison, and more. Visitors will discover engaging in-depth information and artifacts to add knowledge to their overall experience. The State Museum also provides additional North Dakota history from 600 million years ago up to today's innovations. We serve as a statewide hub to provide information and send people out to the state's fascinating historic sites and tourism destinations.



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Latitude: 46.807536 Longitude: -100.751849 Elevation: 1699 ft
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Seasons Open

Open year-round

Hours Open

8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Monday through Friday. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.


Free admission

Eco-Friendly Notes

 The North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum was built to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Standards, a set of rating systems for the design and maintenance of green buildings and neighborhoods.

Below the main entrance parking lot are 170 wells that are 250 feet deep. These geothermal wells keep the water temperature at about 55 degrees, so cooling and heating is less expensive.

North Dakota fly ash from Great River Energy is a component in all of the concrete.

Accessibility Notes

The entire facility is wheelchair accessible. Wheelchairs, scooters, and strollers are available at no charge near the information desk. 

Pet Friendly Notes

Service animals are permitted.

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