North Dakota Museums to Stir Your Senses

Playing in the great outdoors is something we all love. Sometimes, however, we need to exercise our minds as well as our bodies. On those days, visit one of the state's many museums to hear the story of North Dakota and learn of the struggles and successes of North Dakotans who came before you. From ravaging dinosaurs to soaring warbirds, from artists' brush strokes on canvas to polished rocks, North Dakota has a museum display sure to lift the spirit.

North Dakota Heritage Center and State Museum

The North Dakota Heritage Center and State Museum recently completed an expansion project that more than doubled its size. Thousands of artifacts and specimens, high-tech displays, and interactive exhibits help tell the story of our state.

612 E. Boulevard Ave. Bismarck, ND 58505
Corsair on display at the Fargo Air Museum. 2
Fargo Air Museum

Blue skies prevail year round at the Fargo Air Museum, a premier flying museum in the Upper Midwest. The rotation of historic flyable airplanes include P-51 Mustang, Duggy - "the Smile in the Sky" airplane, TBM Avenger, Corsair, L Birds, PT-19 Fairchild, Pitts Special, Wright Flyer replica, Ag Cat and more.

Plains Art Museum

Accredited fine art museum in the heart of historic downtown Fargo. Cafe Muse, The Store, exhibitions, performances, special events, tours, classes. Plains Art Museum is available for receptions, meeting, and banquets. Full-service catering and AV equipment available in a brilliantly renovated, historic, yet modern art museum.

Pembina State Museum

Discover 100 million years of regional history from the Cretaceous Age to contemporary times in the permanent exhibit gallery. Pembina State Museum also features temporary exhibit gallery, museum store, seven-story-tall viewing tower, meeting room rentals, and tourist information.

Dakota Territory Air Museum

The museum tells and shows rich and varied story of region's aviation history. In addition to a replica of the Wright Flyer, the museum displays military and civilian aircraft from 1903 through the present. There are exhibits, narratives, kiosks, military uniforms, aviation items, memorabilia, paintings, photographs and a gift shop.

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National Buffalo Museum

The National Buffalo Museum is devoted to the cultural and natural history of bison and the prairie. The museum portrays the evolution of the buffalo through its displays and exhibits. Look for the live herd of buffalo and the rare albino buffalo, White Cloud.

500 17th St. SE Jamestown, ND 58401
North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame

The Center of Western Heritage and Cultures: Native American, Ranching and Rodeo in Medora provides the history and heritage of the trail drivers, homesteaders, rodeo stars, Native Americans and the horse's impact on plains culture.

North Dakota Railroad Museum

The museum has railroad artifacts, railroad pictures, Railroad Hall of Fame, 5 acres with rolling stock and 3,000-square-foot railroad displays. Free admission. New exhibits include 1890 Steele Depot and SW diesel switcher engine.

Game Warden Museum

The Game Warden Museum educates the public of the historical and present-day roles of wildlife law enforcement and natural resources conservation. The Hall of Honors is dedicated to wildlife enforcement officers who have lost their lives while serving. The museum houses a wide and interesting variety of animal pelts, mounted animals, horns and antlers for visitors to see and touch. Programs are available to children and youth, while visiting the Peace Garden.

Paul Broste Rock Museum

This unique museum displays rock specimens from all over the world. The museum was a brainchild of Mr. Paul Broste, a local farmer, artist and collector. He acquired only the finest specimens from all over the world. They were cut, ground and polished into spheres and slabs of unimaginable beauty.

Three Affiliated Tribes Museum

Museum serves as heritage center to display and preserve history and culture of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara people.

Pioneer Trails Regional Museum

Museum has cowboy, Native American and military history, unique gardens, artifacts, fossils, dinosaurs, guided tours of fossil sites.

Blessing Museum

The museum and other buildings are open any time by appointment. Stop by the grounds to see the log house, "soddy," log outhouse, grinding wheel and ox cart replica. Visit our website for more information.

North Dakota Museum of Art

Three galleries house exhibitions of regional, national and international art and recognized nationally for its commissioning of landmark works of art anchored in the landscape, history and culture of the Northern Plains. 

261 Centennial Drive Stop 7305 Grand Forks, ND 58202
Dickinson Museum Center

The Badlands Dinosaur Museum features 11 full-scale dinosaur skeletons inside and two outside. Prairie Outpost Park and Jochim Regional Museum.


Bonanzaville is North Dakota's must-see historic attraction, offering tours, special events and programming year-round. Bonanzaville has 12 acres, 43 historic buildings and more than 400,000 artifacts,

West Fargo, 58078
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