North Dakota Heritage Center

612 E. Boulevard Ave.
Bismarck, ND 58505- Map It
(701) 328-2666

AAA Editor Notes

North Dakota Heritage Center, 612 E. Boulevard Ave. on the State Capitol grounds, is the home of the State Historical Society of North Dakota. The 97,000-square-foot center focuses on archeological, paleontological and historical interpretation. The Adaptation Gallery: Geologic Time shows how geologic events transformed the environment, forcing flora and fauna to adapt or become extinct. Exhibits include fossils, a simulated prehistoric underwater world, and life-size casts of Tyrannosaurus rex and triceratops skeletons. The Innovation Gallery: Early Peoples details the lives of Native Americans, the immigration of European-Americans and the history of the state’s earliest cities. The Inspiration Gallery: Yesterday and Today demonstrates how agricultural innovation, energy development, manufacturing and technological advancement shape the history of the state and its people. The center also has educational programs, a theater and a gallery for touring exhibits. Scheduled to open sometime in 2016 is The Treehouse exhibit, in which children can climb into a tree house lookout, explore a kid-size grocery store and bank, and ride a pretend horse or train. Time: Allow 2 hours minimum.
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Hours: Exhibit galleries open Mon.-Fri. 8-5, Sat.-Sun. 10-5. Historical society open Mon.-Fri. 8-5. Archives and library open Mon.-Fri. 8-4:30, second Sat. of the month 10-4:30. Closed Jan. 1, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Phone ahead to confirm schedule.