SHSND Home > Exhibits > Online Exhibits

Exhibits - Online Exhibits

blue triangle content image
silhouette of building with northern lights in the background
North Dakota Night Sky
North Dakota Night Sky showcases the state's night sky in new ways. Explores constellations, navigation, meteorites, Mars, and night sky activities for any clear night and includes an immersive 360° video.
Sakakawea Exhibit Thumbnail
Creating Sakakawea
For over 200 years Sakakawea has fascinated the American public, becoming a symbol variously for women's suffrage, manifest destiny, and most recently American Indian cultural inclusivity. She is a blend of legend and mythology balanced on a narrow foundation of historical fact. This online exhibit explores the history of both Sakakawea and the statues she inspired.
French Gratitude Train Thumbnail
French Gratitude Train
North Dakota's French Gratitude Train boxcar is one of forty-three remaining boxcars in the United States. Given to American states by the French people after World War II, most boxcar's contents have been dispersed over time. Fortunately, the State Historical Society of North Dakota has retained the majority of the gifts from the North Dakota boxcar. Featured in this exhibit are these examples of everyday life, childhood, historic treasures, and personal momentos of the French civilian population that endured World War II.
Gardening Exhibit Thumbnail
How Does Your Garden Grow?
Gardening is a rich field for study, though the records of individual gardeners are thin and scattered. However, the pervasiveness of gardening across time, space, and culture suggest a strong foundation for an exhibit and discussion. Explore the State Historical Society of North Dakota's newest online exhibit to expand your knowledge of gardening in North Dakota.
Corps of Discovery Thumbnail
Lewis and Clark
Get answers to the most frequently asked questions about Lewis & Clark and the Corps of Discovery. Find out how to travel in their footsteps through ND.
Lincoln Bust Thumbnail
Lincoln's Legacy
Abraham Lincoln never visited what is now North Dakota but his presidency shaped the character of the future state. During the Lincoln presidency, the Dakota Territory was organized and Lincoln signed into law the Homestead Act, providing land for settlers; the Northern Pacific Railroad Act, providing land for a railroad; and the Morrill Act, providing land for agricultural colleges. The land we know as North Dakota would be forever changed by the policies carried out and laws enacted during the presidency of Abraham Lincoln.
Governor Doug Burgum
North Dakota Governors
Learn about North Dakota's 42 governors, from the first governor of Dakota Territory William A. Jayne in 1861 to our current state governor Doug Burgum.
Tipi Thumbnail
People of the Upper Missouri
This exhibit explores the history of Plains Village Culture along the upper Missouri river, from 1400-1862, specifically that of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara peoples. Interactive U.S. and world time-lines set a context for local events. Developed by the State Historical Society of North Dakota in partnership with the Teaching American History Grant Program.

612 East Boulevard Ave.
Bismarck, North Dakota 58505
Get Directions

State Museum and Store: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. M-F; Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
We are closed New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.
State Archives: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. M-F, except state holidays; 2nd Sat. of each month, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Appointments are recommended. To schedule an appointment, please contact us at 701.328.2091 or
State Historical Society offices: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. M-F, except state holidays.

Contact Us:
phone: 701.328.2666

Social Media:
See all social media accounts