Our state museums and historic sites are back open with some changes and guidelines for the health and safety of our visitors and staff. Learn more

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COVID-19 Updates

The health and safety of our visitors and community is our highest priority. The State Historical Society is closely monitoring the status of COVID-19 in our region. We will continue to follow the guidance of state leaders and public health experts as we make decisions about future events, programs, and business operations. With concerns about COVID-19 ongoing, we are responding with the updates below.


By Appointment Only

Closed Until Spring

Unstaffed state historic sites including Double Ditch Indian Village, Huff Indian Village, Menoken Indian Village, Fort Clark, Fort Rice, and Whitestone Hill offer free outdoor opportunities to explore trails and historic landmarks. Double Ditch Indian Village also includes a canoe/kayak launch area.

Our staff remain available by calls and email.

Know Before You Go

To allow for proper social distancing, sites will operate at reduced capacity. Some touchable exhibit components will be closed, and site tours may be limited or not available for visitor and staff safety. Masks are strongly encouraged. Please follow the CDC's recommendations on social distancing and personal hygiene while visiting state historic sites and museums. See our guidelines for visiting.


Some public programs and events at our state museums and historic sites have been canceled. Please check our events page for our calendar of events.

History at Home

We encourage children and adults to explore our free online learning resources available on our website, including those on our History at Home page.

Share Your Story: An Invitation to Document Your COVID-19 Experiences in North Dakota

Please consider sharing your North Dakota related experiences through your pictures, videos, art, journals, text screenshots, and objects. Your contributions are important to documenting this time in history for future generations. Learn more and share your story.


If you would like to donate to the State Archives, museum collections, or make a monetary donation, please visit our donate page.

Additional Information & Resources

Please watch our social media for further updates. We will quickly communicate any changes as they occur.

North Dakota people are our history makers and caretakers. Our biggest concern is community and the safety of our visitors, volunteers, staff and supporters. Thank you for your continued support.

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Bismarck, North Dakota 58505
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State Museum and Store: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. M-F; Sat. & Sun. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
We are closed New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
We are open until noon on Christmas Eve.
State Archives: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. M-F, except state holidays; 2nd Sat. of each month, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
State Historical Society offices: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. M-F, except state holidays.

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phone: 701.328.2666
email: history@nd.gov

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