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Four museum galleries tell the fascinating story of North Dakota through thousands of artifacts and specimens, high-tech displays, and interactive exhibits:

Experience North Dakota's unique heritage throughout the museum spaces. Shop in the Museum Store and enjoy meals or snacks at the James River Café.

The Treehouse is a museum space designed especially for children with hands-on activities to introduce them to the museum world.

From a life-size T. rex skeleton cast to a 1950s soda shop to rare pottery pieces, the State Museum offers interesting opportunities for you to connect North Dakota history with your life.

HISTORY FOR everyone.


The State Archives is responsible for the documentary collections of the State Historical Society of North Dakota. It is the official state archives, and acquires and preserves all types of research materials, including manuscript collections, books, periodicals, maps, newspapers, audio and video materials, and photographs.


00389 - Beaded ShoesThe State Historical Society of North Dakota collects and preserves artifacts chronicling North Dakota’s history.

The collections of the Society are available for research. People frequently return to view items donated by family members. To research or view items, please request an appointment. Public Questions form. Your request will be e-mailed directly to the museum staff. An appointment will be made for a mutually agreeable date and time. You will receive a response within 30 days.


The State Historical Society of North Dakota administers a network of 60 museums & historic sites.

612 East Boulevard Ave.
Bismarck, North Dakota 58505
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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.

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phone: 701.328.2666

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