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.