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Pembina State Museum

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To allow for proper social distancing, sites will operate at reduced capacity. Touchable exhibit components will remain closed, and site tours may be limited for visitor and staff safety. The agency would also like to remind visitors to follow the CDC's recommendations on social distancing and personal hygiene while visiting state historic sites. See our guidelines for visiting.

The Pembina Region
Situated at the northeastern corner of what is now North Dakota, the region around Pembina has been a center of activity for centuries.  The area was home to several groups of native peoples, including the Ojibwa, Dakota, Assiniboine, and Cree.  With their families, they hunted buffalo and gathered wild berries here.
The region also played an important role in the fur trade business.  From this, a new nation of people was born – the Métis – who were descendants of European traders and Indian women.  Early fur trade posts and colonies led to the establishment of a river town named Pembina.  The scene of international politics and major transportation routes, the region has served as a gateway of commerce between Canada and the United States since the early 1800s.

Observation Tower
Get a stunning view of the Red River Valley from seven stories above the ground.  On a clear day visitors have a 360-degree view for ten miles: a neatly organized patchwork of modern farmlands and evidence of the region’s historic sites, industry, transportation, and communications.

Museum Store
The museum store offers a unique selection of books and items that reflect and enhance museum exhibit themes.  Books relate to the history of North Dakota and the northern plains.  Gift products include many handcrafted items by North Dakotans, ranging from note cards to fur trade items to wheat weaving and Native American crafts.

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805 State Highway 59,
Pembina, ND 58271
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Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Contact Pembina State Museum:
phone: 701.825.6840
fax: 701.825.6383

Contact SHSND:
phone: 701.328.2666
fax: 701.328.3710
email: history@nd.gov