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The State Museum at the Heritage Center is open! Experience the first two museum galleries. :. The remaining galleries will open Nov. 2, 2014, our grand opening and North Dakota’s 125th anniversary.

The new east front doors and parking lot are now open! You can now enter through the Northern Lights Atrium!

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Heritage Center expansion.

Exhibits Update

Now Open!

Adaptation Gallery: Geologic Time
Innovation Gallery: Early Peoples

Experience the beauty and wonder of the first two galleries at the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum.

Start your chronological journey through time with the Adaptation Gallery: Geologic Time. Dinosaur tracks in the hallway floor lead you to the story early North Dakota life and geology, featuring life-sized skeleton casts of Tyrannosaurus rex and a Triceratops ready to battle.

Follow the footprints symbolizing the arrival of the first people to inhabit North Dakota. Innovation Gallery: Early Peoples features more than 1,000 artifacts telling the story of early life on the Northern Plains. Don’t miss the exquisite 6’ x 20’ hand-painted mural of Double Ditch Indian Village in 1550.

Also open are the new Museum Store, new Great Plains Theater, the renovated Russell Reid Auditorium, select hallway exhibits and more.

The final galleries, the Inspiration Gallery: Yesterday and Today, and the Governors Gallery, will open Nov. 2, 2014, in conjunction with North Dakota’s 125th anniversary of statehood.

When the Heritage Center expansion project is complete, you'll enjoy 39,000 feet of museum space—nearly double the original gallery size! We're excited to be able to display more from our collections and tell the story of North Dakota in greater depth.

Gallery Glimpses

Permanent exhibits in three new galleries will trace North Dakota history from the geologic past of 600 million years ago through the present day:

Governors Gallery NOW OPEN

The new Governors Gallery features temporary and traveling exhibits, as well as educational programs. Our first temporary exhibit, Power of the People, is produced by Touchstone Energy Cooperative of North Dakota and is partially sponsored by the State Historical Society and its Foundation. This exhibit tells the rural electric development story, its impact on North Dakota, and their future vision.

The Treehouse OPENING 2015

The Treehouse will introduce pre-school through third-grade visitors to the museum world.

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