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Historical Museum Guide for North Dakota

A directory of Historical Museums in North Dakota, categorized by county.

Taking a trip to North Dakota?  A visit to these North Dakota history museums and historical sites will allow you to soak up some local history and culture while you are there.  Visiting a history museum in North Dakota will give you insight into the way the people lived and played.  Take a step back in time and see life through the eyes of early North Dakota peoples.

Some North Dakota history museums have virtual tours, old photos, place histories, genealogy data, history timelines and other historical information online.  I have added these were found.  This will give you a chance to visit some of the historical sites in North Dakota without ever leaving the comfort of home.

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North Dakota History Museums

Adams County Museums Dakota Buttes Museum

This complex of museums feature both indoor and outdoor exhibits displaying over 100 years of history in Adams County and SW North Dakota.  Located at 400 11th Street in Hettinger, ND.


Barnes County Museums Barnes County Historical Museum

The Barnes County Museum features displays of early life in North Dakota.  Exhibits include a one room school display, a soda shop, carriages, antique autos and much more.  Operated by the Barnes County Historical Society, the museum is located at 315 Central Avenue North in Valley City, ND.

Litchville Community Museum

Litchville Community Museum on Facebook

The first house built in Litchville was built in 1901.  Today the historic house is used as the Litchville Community Museum and is filled with historic artifacts related to the heritage of Litchville.  Located at 201 5th Avenue in Litchville, ND.

Midland Continental Depot Transportation Museum

[Photo Gallery]  [Wimbledon History]

Operated by the Wimbledon Community Museum, the MCRR Depot is the only remaining depot of the railroad created to connect Canada to the Gulf Coast.  Peggy Lee's father was the depot agent 1934-1937.  Exhibits in the museum tell the history of the Midland Continental Railroad and trace the career of Peggy Lee and her Wimbledon connections.  Located at 401 Railway Street in Wimbledon, ND.

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A guide to the many historical bridges in Valley City, ND.

Wimbledon Community Museum

The museum actually consists of four buildings containing historical artifacts from the early homesteading days of eastern North Dakota.  Buildings include the Midland Continental Depot, a one-room schoolhouse, a historic Methodist Church, and a machinery building filled with farm machinery, fire trucks and other antique farming items.  Located at 301 Center Street in Wimbledon, ND.


Benson County Museums

Fort Totten State Historic Site 

[Totten Trail Inn]

Serving as a frontier fort from 1867-1890, it is the best preserved post of the Dakota frontier.  After being decommissioned in 1890, the fort served the Indian reservation as a school and healthcare facility.  Today, the visitor center and 16 original 1870s buildings are open in summer months offering visitors information on the history of Fort Totten.  A Pioneer Daughters Museum is located on the site.  Located on the southern shore of Devils Lake.

Minnewaukan Museum

The museum features exhibits of pioneer artifacts, vintage clothing and military displays.  Located on Old US 281 in Minnewaukan, ND.


Billings County Museums

Billings County Museum

Billings County Museum on Facebook

The Billings County Museum is focused on the history of Billings County, North Dakota.  Housed in the historic Billings County Courthouse, the museum features displays of historical artifacts and provides information about the early settlers of the county.  Located at 475 5th Street in Medora, ND.

Chateau de Mores State Historic Site

The Chateau de Mores State Historic Site is composed of three parts:

  1. The Chateau de Mores - The Chateau de Mores is a 26 room, two story building built in 1883 to be the summer residence of the Marquis De Mores' family.  Today it is an historic house museum featuring many original furnishings and personal effects of the de Mores family.  The house is open for tours during the summer months.  Located at 3448 Chateau Road in Medora ND.

  2. Chimney Park - The ruins (mostly the large chimney) of the Marquis De Mores' family meat-packing plant.  Chimney Park is located on the west edge of Medora.

  3. De Mores Memorial Park - Created by the WPA in 1938, there is a bronze statue of the Marquis de Mores located in this park in downtown Medora, ND.

Theodore Roosevelt's Maltese Cross Cabin

Used by Theodore Roosevelt at times, the cabin was a getaway for him prior to becoming president.  It has been restored and is is filled with period furnishings and some original items owned by Roosevelt.  Located inside Theodore Roosevelt National Park, the cabin is behind the South Unit Visitor Center which is 7 miles east of Medora, ND on I-94 at Exit 32.


Bottineau County Museums

Bottineau Historical Museum

The museum features historical artifacts and memorabilia from the pioneer families who settled in Bottineau County.  Located on North Main Street in Bottineau, ND.


Bowman County Museums

Pioneer Trails Regional Museum

[Photo Galleries]

Focused on the conservation of historical artifacts and fossils, the museum strives to educate the public and preserve the history of the Bowman County area of North Dakota.  The museum has departments involved in archaeological, genealogical and paleontological research as well.  Located at 12 First Avenue Northeast in Bowman, ND.


Burleigh County Museums

Buckstop Junction

[Historical Structures, Page 1]

[Historical Structures, Page 2]

Buckstop Junction is a historical village created by the Missouri Valley Historical Society as they moved historical buildings from other areas to this site for preservation.  The site features many historical structures including a blacksmith shop, the Lewis Hotel, Bethel Lutheran Church, Sterling Railroad Depot, and many others including old homesteads.  Located just east of the intersection of Bismarck Expressway and East Main Avenue in Bismarck, ND.

Camp Hancock State Historic Site


Originally called Camp Greeley in 1872, the post was later named Camp Hancock.  The Camp was created to protect supplies and crews of the Northern Pacific Railroad and the citizens of Edwinton which was later named Bismarck.  Camp Hancock was used until 1894.  Today, Camp Hancock is open for tours. Historic buildings at the site include the Bread of Life Church (the oldest church in Bismarck) and the Officers Quarters built in 1872 (the oldest building in Bismarck).  Inside, visitors will learn about the history of this important site as well as local history of the area.  Located at 101 East Main Avenue in Bismarck, ND.

Double Ditch Historic Site

Double Ditch Indian Village was home to Mandan Indians ca 1500-1781.  Visitors can walk the path through the village and learn about the Mandan Indians, some of North Dakota's earliest settlers.

Former Governor's Mansion

This mansion was built in 1884 by Asa Fisher who was a prominent businessman in Bismarck.  Sold to the state in 1893 for $5000, the house was then used as the ND governors' abode between 1893 and 1960.  The home is open for tours in the summer months and is located at 320 E. Avenue B in Bismarck, ND.

North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum

Historic Sites

Discover the heritage and history of North Dakota.  Operated by the North Dakota Historical Society, the exhibits cover prehistoric times to the days of early settlement.... from triceratops to teepees& buffalos to farmsteads & tractors, you will find an array of ND history on display.  612 East Boulevard, ND 58505.


Cass County Museums

Bonanzaville Living History Museum

This historic village includes over 40 buildings depicting life in the Red River Valley in the late 1800s and early 1900s.  Take a step back to earlier times in Fargo, ND.  Historical buildings include log cabins, a church, general store, train depot, schoolhouse, and many others.  The exhibits include Native American artifacts, war memorabilia, vintage farm equipment and implements an so much more.  .Located at 1351 Maine Avenue West in West Fargo, ND.

Children's Museum at Yunker Farm  


The Children's Museum is housed inside the first brick house built in Dakota Territory.  Built in 1876 by Newton Whitman, it was later sold to the Yunker family in 1905.  The Children's Museum was established in 1989 and is a place for children and families to experience hands-on exhibits.  Parents and children can play, learn and interact together.  Activities include a miniature train, carousel, alphabet garden, butterfly garden, dog park, a football field and more.  Located at 1201 28th Avenue N in Fargo, ND.

Fargo Air Museum  

[Historic Aircraft]

The museum is focused on the restoration and preservation of aviation and military history.  Located at 1609 19th Avenue North in Fargo, ND.

Roger Maris Museum

Focused on the life and times of Roger Maris, famed baseball player.  Located in West Acres Shopping Center at 3902 13th Avenue South, Suite 3717 in Fargo, ND.


Cavalier County Museums

Cavalier County Museum at Dresden

Cavalier County Museum on Facebook

The Cavalier County Museum is a complex of 7 structures creating a small pioneer village.  The small recreated village includes the 1936 Holy Trinity Church, Langdon's first jail, a schoolhouse, a blacksmith shop, doctor and dentist office, a log cabin, a schoolhouse, the Hahn Home and others.  The village contains a large collection of historic items donated by citizens and local businesses.  Visitors are invited to take a step back in time as they stroll through peaceful Dresden Village.  Located near Langdon, ND.


Dickey County Museums Coleman Museum

The historic Coleman building was originally the Farmers National Bank but served as home and office to Dr. Lauren Coleman for 40 years.  Today the Coleman building houses the Coleman Memorial Museum.  Operated by the Ellendale Historical Society, the museum features artifacts and historic memorabilia related to the history of the Ellendale area of North Dakota.  Located at 50 Main Street in Ellendale, ND.

Dickey County Heritage Museum Center

Housed in the 1908 First National Bank of Oakes building, the Heritage Center focuses on collecting and exhibiting materials of historic significance to Dickey County, North Dakota.  The museum features 3 stories filled with antiques, artifacts, collectibles and historical documents.  Visitors will enjoy viewing themed historical rooms such as a prairie kitchen, prairie school room, a doctor's office, a dentist's office and rooms of a prairie home.  There are history books on Dickey County and the Oakes community along with Dickey County Courthouse items, military artifacts and tools.  Located at 424 Main Avenue in Oakes, ND.

Rosebud School Museum

Rosebud School was built in 1901 in Porter Township and served as a school for 35 years.  Today, the historic schoolhouse has been moved to Fullerton and restored.  Original furnishings of the school have been restored and are on display in the museum. Exhibits include items from the Fullerton School, military items and other items related to the history of the Fullerton area.  Located on Monroe Street in Fullerton, ND.

Schulstad Stone House Museum

The Schulstad Stone House was built in 1907 and features period furnishings.  Located at 320 Lewis Street in Forbes, ND.

Shimmin Tveit Museum

The museum has exhibits of historical artifacts of Native Americans and early settlers of the Forbes area of North Dakota.  Open by appointment only.  Located on Main Street in Forbes, ND.

Whitestone Hill Battlefield 

[Battle History

Known as the fiercest battle between Indians and white man in North Dakota, the Indian tipi camp of the Yanktonai, along with some Dakota, Hunkpapa Lakota and Blackfeet was virtually destroyed leaving many dead and wounded men, women and children.  The onslaught left the Indians destitute for the coming winter months.  The historic site bears two monuments, one commemorating the Indian dead and the other dedicated to the soldiers who died in the battle.  Estimated casualties were 750 Indian and 72 soldiers.  A small museum is open in the summer months .  The battlefield is located 6 miles southwest of Merricourt, ND.


Divide County Museums Divide County Museum 

Pioneer Village Living Museum

Divide County Historical Society / Threshing Bee on Facebook

The museum is a village of 25 buildings including two authentically furnished homestead shacks, a fully stocked general store, newspaper office, a fully functioning bank and bakery, a school, 2 churches, post office, and more.  Step back in time and enjoy a simpler way of life.  An annual event in the Pioneer Village is known as the Threshing Bee.  Located in Crosby, ND.


Dunn County Museums Dunn County Historical Society and Museum 

Featuring the rich history of Dunn County, ND, the Dunn County Museum houses artifacts and antique items in their exhibits.  Aside from the main museum, there is a log cabin, a homesteader's shack, a 1926 one-room school house and the First State Bank building of Manning, ND on the museum grounds.  Located at 153 Museum Trail in Dunn Center, ND.


Eddy County Museums Eddy County Museum 

The Eddy County Museum is a complex of 3 buildings including a schoolhouse, Church and a train depot.  Each historical structure is filled with antique furnishings and exhibits related to the past of Eddy County, North Dakota.  Docents provide guided tours.  Located at 1115 1st Avenue N. in New Rockford, ND.


Emmons County Museums Emmons County Museum 

Housed inside the former St. Matthews Episcopal Church and 3 other buildings, the museum features historical household items, military memorabilia, an antique buggy, a sleigh, tools and other antiquities from the past of Emmons County, North Dakota.  Located at 110 West Oak Avenue in Linton, ND.

Ludwig and Christina Welk Farmstead

This state historic site, is the birthplace of Lawrence Welk, famed Hollywood entertainer.  The farm sodhouse still stands and the land is still being farmed as well.  Located at 845 88th Street in Strasburg, ND.


Foster County Museums

Foster County Museum 

The museum holds exhibits of historic photographs, agricultural equipment, historical records and other items related to the history of Foster, North Dakota.  A one-room school next door is open for tours as well.  Located at the intersection of Second Street and 16th Avenue South in Carrington, ND.

McHenry Turn Around Railroad Loop

The McHenry Depot is located on the north edge of McHenry near the elevators.  Train rides are available seasonally.  Call 701-785-2333 for train schedule.


Grand Forks County Museums Larimore Community Museum

The museum features a military room, a music area, an old school room, an old timey kitchen all furnished in antiques.  Located on Towner Avenue in Larimore, ND.

Myra Museum and Campbell House

The Myra Museum is home to the Grand Forks Historical Society and you will find history of the Grand Forks area dating back to the ice age.  Historical buildings include, The Campbell House built in1897, a one room schoolhouse built in 1917 and an 1868 log cabin which served as the original Grand Forks Post Office.  The Grand Forks County Historical Society is located at  2405 Belmont, Rd in Grand Forks, ND.

Northwood Pioneer Museum

The museum features displays of the early days in the community of Northwood.  Located at the corner of Raymond Street and Washington Avenue in Northwood, ND.


East Grand Forks Heritage Village

The historic village is dedicated to the preservation of history of the Red River Valley.  Weekend tours of pioneer buildings tell the story of 1800s and 1900s life in the upper Midwest.  During the third week of August, the village celebrates Heritage Days with living history displays.  Located at 219 20 Street NE in East Grand Forks, ND.


Grant County Museums Elgin Museum 

The Elgin Museum is housed inside a historic train depot.  The museum holds pioneer items and features a vintage caboose on the site. Open by appointment. Call 701-584-2900. Located in Elgin, ND.


Griggs County Museums Griggs County Museum 

The Griggs County Museums holds a large collection of historical artifacts, documents, household items and other pioneer antiquities.  Located at 203 12th Street Southeast in Cooperstown, ND.


Hettinger County Museums Hettinger County Historical Society Museum 

The museum complex consists of 6 buildings, the Teepee Butte School, Zion Lutheran Church, a drugstore, Christy's Store, Austin Frontierland and the main office.  The complex holds a large collection of historical items and artifacts related to the pioneer and Native American history of the Hettinger County area of North Dakota.  Located at 21 Main Street in Regent, ND.


Kidder County Museums Kidder County Museum 

The Kidder County Museum features a small country chapel and exhibits of North Dakota history.  Located at 103 W. Broadway in Steele, ND.


LaMoure County Museums LaMoure County Museum

The LaMoure County Museum features 2 stories of local history as well as a one-room schoolhouse.  Visitors will learn about the rich heritage of LaMoure County, North Dakota.  Located inside LaMoure County Memorial Park just north of Grand Rapids, ND along the bends of the James River.


Logan County Museums Logan County Historical Society Museum 

The Logan County Museum features a complex of historical structures including a church, blacksmith shop, and a print shop featuring exhibits of antique machinery, historical artifacts and other items related to the history of Logan County.  Located at 708 Lake Avenue W. in Napoleon, ND.


McKenzie County Museums Lewis & Clark Trail Homestead Museum

Lewis & Clark Trail Homestead Museum on Facebook

Housed in a 1914 schoolhouse, the museum features exhibits of family heirlooms, antique photographs, relics and items belonging to the families of original homesteaders of the area. Even stagecoaches are on display.  Located on the Lewis and Clark Trail at 102 Indiana Avenue in Alexander, ND.

McKenzie County Heritage Park

McKenzie County Heritage Park features original and historical buildings from the early 1900s including a blacksmith shop, the 1916 Nelson School, an 1800s trapper cabin, Timber Creek Church, the Eide homestead shack and many others with exhibits and displays of pioneer artifacts and relics.  Located at 950 2nd Avenue SW in Watford City, ND.

Pioneer Museum of McKenzie County

Focused on the pioneer history of Watford City and McKenzie County, North Dakota, the museum features a replica of a pioneer home filled with historical artifacts and antiques.  Located at 100 Second Avenue SW in Watford City, ND.


McLean County Museums

Fort Mandan and The Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center

Featuring a reconstruction of Fort Mandan to transport visitors back in time to the early explorations of Lewis and Clark, the Center is focused on the construction of Fort Mandan, the days of the Mandan-Hidatsa villages and a remarkable young woman named Sacagawea.  The museum features state-of-the-art exhibits and collections of artifacts about the history of Fort Mandan.  Located on McLean County Highway 17 in Washburn, ND.

North Dakota firefighters Museum

& Fallen Firefighter's Memorial

The museum is devoted to the collection and preservation of the history of North Dakota firefighting.  The museum features exhibits of artifacts and memorabilia related to ND fire departments, firefighters, fire incidents and fire service.  Located at 52 N. Main Street in Garrison, ND.

Fort Stevenson State Park


Although the original site of Fort Stevenson is today underwater, there is a replica of the fort's guardhouse in the park with exhibits about the history of Fort Stevenson and the Missouri River.  Located on the north shore of Lake Sakakawea, 3 miles south of Garrison on 41st Avenue NW.

Heritage Park Museum

A complex of historical structures inside Heritage Park at West Trooper Avenue in Garrison, ND.

McLean County Historical Society Museums

This is actually a collection of historical buildings and displays operated by the McLean County Historical Society.  The main museum building features geological exhibits, wildlife, Lewis and Clark history, a riverboat display, various period furnished rooms, military exhibits, Native American artifacts and more.  Other buildings include the Fred Jefferies Building ca 1905, the Joe Taylor cabin ca 1869, the Sioux Ferry Boat, and the 1882 Nettle Creek School House.  The main museum building and the Fred Jefferies building are located at 610 Main Avenue in Washburn, ND.  The Joe Taylor cabin is located at 1000 East Main Avenue and the Sioux Ferry and Schoolhouse are located on Boat Ramp Road along the Missouri River.


Mercer County Museums

Fort Clark Trading Post

This state historic site is an important archeological site due to two fur trading posts and the earthlodge village of the Mandan / Arikara Indians which was located there approximately 150 years ago.  Although there is not a museum, there is an observation deck and a kiosk operated by the Civil Conservation Corps where brochures can be obtained for a self guided tour.  Location is just 1 1/4 miles west of the town of Fort Clark, ND.

Knife River Indian Villages  

[Virtual Tours and Photos]

Visit a reconstructed earthlodge and see what Indian living was like on Knife River.  Artifacts and historical items which were used the Northern Plains Indians are displayed in the Visitors Center.  Located on County Road 37 just 1/2 mile north of Stanton, ND.

Mercer County Historical Museum

The Mercer County Historical Museum features over 15,000 square feet of exhibits related to frontier life and pioneer homesteading in the Mercer County area.  Located at 108 Seventh Street NE in Beulah, ND.


Morton County Museums Fort Abraham Lincoln

Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park is a historic site where the "On-A-Slant Mandan Indian Village and Fort Abraham Lincoln cavalry and infantry posts once stood.  Today, the park is home to reconstructed military buildings including the Custer House as well as the ruins of the Indian Village.  Located at 4480 Fort Lincoln Road in Mandan, ND.

Mandan Historical Museum

[Mandan Area History]

[Mandan Area Landmarks]

Housed inside the former NP Depot Beanery, the museum focuses on the history of Morton County and Mandan.  Exhibits include historical artifacts, photographs, documents and a special WWII exhibit honoring Mandan residents.  Located at 411 W Main Street in Mandan, ND.

North Dakota State Railroad Museum

Housed inside the Burlington Northern Railroad Yard Office, the museum features historical railroad artifacts and memorabilia.  Located at 3102 37th Street NW in Mandan, ND.


Mountrail County Museums Flickertail Village and Museum

Flickertail Village is an outdoor museum featuring area buildings from the pioneer days in North Dakota.  Open seasonally.  Located on Highway 2 in Stanley, ND.

Paul Broste Rock Museum

The museum is housed in a structure built of natural granite quarried from the plains of North Dakota.  Opened in 1965, beautiful stone slabs, crystals, polished spheres and all manner of rock exhibits line the display cases and walls, making it a one-of-a-kind museum.  Located in Parshall, ND.

Plaza Community Museum

Housed in an historic Church, the museum features historical artifacts and pioneer items related to the history of Plaza.  Located on Main Street in Plaza, ND.

Three Tribes Museum

The museum features artifacts and photos related to the early settlement of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Indians.  Located at 404 Frontage Road in New Town, ND.


Nelson County Museums Stump Lake Park

The Pioneer Village features traveling exhibits provided by the North Dakota Historical Society and demonstrations of early pioneer skills such as spinning wool and cutting wood in the mill.  Located inside Stump Lake Park at Devils Lake, ND.

Tofthagen Library and Museum

The 1926 library building is a museum of memorabilia and historical artifacts related to the history of the Lakota community.  Located at 116 B Ave W in Lakota, ND.


Oliver County Museums

Center Museum

The Oliver County Historical Society operates a small museum devoted to the history of the Oliver County area.  Nearby is the Hazel Miner Memorial and a new monument erected in honor of Military Veterans of Oliver County.  Located in Center, ND.


Pembina County Museums

Blessing Museum

Housed in the former Eagle Point Baptist Church, the museum is devoted to the history of the Drayton, North Dakota area.  Additional historical structures have been added to the grounds including a log house, a "soddy", a grinding wheel and ox cart replica.  Located at 201 Almeron Avenue in Drayton, ND.

Gingras Trading Post

A museum is housed in this 1840s log trading post built by fur trader, Antione Blanc Gingras.  Located in Walhalla, ND.

Pembina County Museum & Pioneer Machinery Museum

Pembina County Historical Society on Facebook

The Museum and Pioneer Machinery Grounds consist of the main museum building, two exhibit buildings, the Bathgate Depot, The McKenzie Granary, a tractor pull track and a barn.  Located at 13572 Hwy 5 in Cavalier, ND.

Pembina State Museum

The museum boasts 100 million years of the history of the Pembina region of North Dakota.  Exhibits include fossils, bone and stone tools of the first people in the area along with many historical relics related to the fur trade, the area military forts, Native Americans, and early settlers.  Located at 805 State Highway 59 in Pembina, ND..


Pierce County Museums

Dale and Martha Hawk Museum and Campgrounds

An eclectic collection of unusual items including antique farm equipment, steam engines, clocks, vintage household items, a one-room school, a country store and more.  All of this is set in an RV campground.  Located in Wolford, ND.

Prairie Village Museum

Step back in history as you stroll along the wooden sidewalks of a pioneer village.  You will find rows of classic cars, a general store, antique guns, Native American and Eskimo artifacts, Scandinavian heritage and more.  Featuring fully furnished pioneer buildings, this museum in Rugby, ND is a must see for history buffs.  Located at 102 Hwy 2 SE in Rugby, ND.

Victorian Dress Museum

Housed inside the former Saint Paul's Episcopal Church, the museum features beautiful Victorian style dresses with accessories.  Located at 312 Second Avenue SW in Rugby, ND.


Ramsey County Museums Hampden History Museum

The museum offers historical displays, videos and documents related to the early pioneer life of the Hampden area of North Dakota.  Located at the east end of Hampden Mall on Main Street in Hampden.  Call for appointment. 701-866-3841.

Lake Region Heritage Center  

Housed in the old post office, the museum features exhibits related to the past of Devils Lake through historical artifacts and antiquities of the past along with a gallery of exhibits.  Located at 502 4th Street NE in Devils Lake, ND.


Ransom County Museums

Enderlin Historical Society and Museum

Devoted to the preservation of the history of Enderlin and the surrounding community.  Collections include old photos, yearbooks, family histories and memorabilia.  The collections are housed inside a 1927 pressed red brick building which once served as the Masonic Temple.  Located at 315 Railway Street in Enderlin, ND.

Fort Ransom State Park  

[History]  [Photos]

The park offers visitors a chance to look into the past when homesteaders were settling new lands, building homesteads and soddies..  Located 2 miles north of the town of Fort Ransom, ND.

McLeod Museum Complex (new link needed)

The historical village features 5 historical buildings, the 1907 SOO Line Depot, the 1907 Saland one-room schoolhouse, the 1907 Old Presbyterian Church, a 130 year old homestead and the Sandune Fire Hall.  All have been restored and are filled with historical items from the past of the Ransom County area.  Located on ND Hwy 27 in McLeod, ND.

Ransom County Historical Museum

Operated by the Ransom County Historical Society, the museum features displays of historical items related to the early history of Ransom County, North Dakota.


Renville County Museums

Renville County Museum

The Renville County Museum features a large collection of photos from the 1900s, farm equipment, a country church, the Great Northern depot, an antique printing press and other items from the past of Renville County.  Located at the intersection of First Street NW and Third Avenue in Mohall, ND.


Richland County Museums

Bagg Bonanza Farm Historic Site

The only restored Bonanza Farm in North Dakota.  Guided tours of restored buildings and the farm site.  Located at 8025 169th Avenue SE in Mooreton, ND.

Fort Abercrombie Historic Site

Known as "The Gateway to the Dakotas", Fort Abercrombie was established in Dakota Territory in 1858.  Important North Dakota post in the 1832 Dakota Conflict when the fort was besieged by the Sioux for more than 6 straight weeks.  Today, the fort consists of a museum, the original guard house, a reconstructed stockade, and three reconstructed block houses. Located at 612 East Boulevard Avenue in Bismarck, ND.

Lidgerwood Community Museum

The museum features a glimpse into the past of Lidgerwood through displays of historical items and photos.  Located at 215 Park Street E in Lidgerwood, ND.

Richland County Historical Museum

Housed in the old Wahpeton National Bank building, the museum provides artifacts and exhibits related to the history and pioneers of Richland County.  Located at 11 7th Ave N in Wahpeton, ND.


Rolette County Museums

International Peace Garden

[Photo and Video Gallery]  [History]

The International Peace Garden features over 2000 acres of botanic gardens.  Devoted to World Peace.

Rolette County Historical Society Museum

A complex of historical structures include a one-room schoolhouse, a church, a hunter's shack, the Dana Wright Cabin, an old old gas station and more.  Located at 225 Foussard Avenue SE in St. John, ND.

Turtle Mountain Chippewa Indian Heritage Center

The museums is focused on the preservation of the history of the Turtle Mountain Chippewa people.  Featuring historical artifacts and archives related to the rich heritage of the Turtle Mountain people.  Located in Belcourt, ND.


Sargent County Museums Sargent County Historical Society and Museum

The museum is focused on the early history of Sargent County, North Dakota.  Featuring many historical artifacts and items used by Sargent County residents, the museum is operated by the Sargent County Historical Society.  Located on the North side of Highway 32 in Forman, ND.


Sheridan County Museums Pioneer Historical Society of Sheridan County

The museum has a one-room schoolhouse, a historic church and church.  Located in Goodrich, ND.


Stark County Museums

Dakota Dinosaur Museum

The museum is devoted to the preservation and display of geological and paleontological specimens for public review and education.  There are many replicas of full dinosaurs created from real dinosaur bones.  Located at 200 E Museum Drive in Dickinson, ND.

Dickinson Museum Center

The Dickinson Museum Center is an art and history museum complex.  The museum features regional art and history exhibits.  Prairie Outpost Park is located just east of the Joachim Museum building and consists of 5 historical and 6 replicated buildings creating a small village.  Visitors will take a step into yesterday as they explore the historic buildings and exhibits steeped in history.  Located at 188 Museum Drive East in Dickinson, ND.


Steele County Museums Steele County Historical Museum

Operated by the Steele County Historical Society, the museum is housed in the historical 1882 Grand Arcade building.    The Grand Arcade today features exhibits of artifacts and items related to the history of Hope and Steele County.  Located at 301 Steele Avenue in Hope, ND.


Stutsman County Museums

Fort Seward Interpretive Center

Fort Seward was built as protection of the workers for the Northern Pacific Railroad and the people of Jamestown 1872-1877.  Fort Seward was abandoned and dismantled, moving it to Fort Totten.  Today, the Fort Seward Interpretive Center tells the story of Fort Seward and features historical artifacts unearthed in the archaeological digs which take place in the summers.  Located at 605 10th Avenue NW in Jamestown, ND.

Frontier Village

[Photo Gallery]  [Maps & Directions]

Frontier Village features original historical structures from the frontier villages of North Dakota.  24 historic buildings have been moved to the site, creating a lovely village of history.  Take a step back in time and see how people lived on the North Dakota frontier.  Stagecoach and pony rides are offered and you never know when a wild west shootout will break out.  Located next to the Visitor's Information Center at 404 Louis L'Amour Lane in Jamestown, ND.

The Melzer Museum

The museum is housed in the office of Dr Melzer, an early settlement physician.  Also on site is a collection of American Indian photography.  Located on Main Street in Woodworth, ND.


National Buffalo Museum

[Frontier Village]

The National Buffalo Museum is focused on the historical significance of the North American bison.  Visitors will enjoy exhibits and displays of Plains Indian artifacts, artwork, antique firearms, prehistoric buffalo remains, a children's exhibit room and a video presentation.  The Frontier Village is a complex of buildings which include a saloon, jail, sheriffs office, barber shop, fire dept and others to delight tourists and bring the olden days to life.  The museum is found near the Frontier Village.  Located at 500 17th Street SE in Jamestown, ND.

Stutsman County Memorial Museum

Housed inside the 1907 George Lutz Mansion, the museum features period furnishings and exhibits related to the history of Stutsman County.  Located at 321 3rd Avenue SE in Jamestown, ND.


Traill County Museums Goose River Heritage Center Museum

Housed inside the 1897 brick depot, the museum holds a collection of pioneer artifacts and items in a barber shop and schoolroom setting.  Located at the corner of Main Street and First Avenue SE in Mayville, ND.

Hatton-Eilson Museum

[Take the Tour]

The museum is housed in the 1900 Queen Anne-style home which was the childhood home of Carl Ben Eilson, one of the greatest pilots in aviation history.  The museum provides history of the Eilson family as well as the city of Hatton and the surrounding area.  Located at 405 Eilson Street in Hatton, ND.

Traill County Museum Complex

The Plummer House is the centerpiece of the museum complex.  The house was built in 1897 and was home to Amos and Lillie Plummer.  Today the grand Victorian home features extensive restored woodwork and original stained glass windows.  Other buildings in the complex include an 1870s log cabin, St. Olaf Chapel, a one-room schoolhouse and the Centennial Building.  Visitors will find exhibits of historical items from the past history of Traill County.  Located at 306 W. Caledonia Avenue in Hillsboro, ND.


Walsh County Museums Heritage Village

Heritage Village is a collection of historical buildings and artifacts gathered together to create life in the past of the ND frontier.  Structures include a furnished farmhouse, farm buildings, a country church, log cabins, a depot, and a working carousel.  Open for special events and available for rental.  Located on Highway 17 in Grafton, ND.

Walsh County Historical Museum

Housed inside a former school house, the museum features local historic artifacts related to the era of the homesteaders who settled here from the mid to late nineteenth century.  Additional buildings have been added consisting of a prairie school, trading post, jails and others creating an atmosphere of the past.  Located at 323 3rd Street in Minto, ND.


Ward County Museums Dakota Territory Air Museum

Focus of the museum is to honor the men, women and flying machines that have impacted the history of aviation through displays and events that educate, inspire and entertain people of all ages.  Many restored historical aircraft are on display as well as memorabilia related to aviation history.  Located at 100 34th Avenue NE in Minot, ND.

Heritage Village

Heritage Village is a collection of historical buildings and artifacts gathered together to create life in the past of the ND frontier.  Structures include a furnished farmhouse, farm buildings, a country church, log cabins, a depot, and a working carousel.  Open for special events and available for rental.  Located on Highway 17 in Grafton, ND.

Lake County Historical Society's Pioneer Village

The Pioneer Village has a 22 building village which includes a pioneer church, a one-room schoolhouse, a town hall, homesteading shacks, a 1904 home and others.  Furnished in period style, the village takes visitors back to a simpler time.  Located along Highway 52 in Kenmare, ND.


Old Soo Depot Transportation Museum

Housed inside the historicl1912 Soo Line Train Depot, the museum is focused on the history of transportation in the American West including railroads, autos, buses and aviation.  Located at 15 North Main Street in Minot, ND.

The Railroad Museum of Minot

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Featuring over 100 years of trains, tools, steam and diesel technology, trackage, and the history of all things to do with trains.  Located at 19 1st Street NE in Minot, ND.

Scandinavian Heritage Park

[Tour the Park]

Operated by the Scandinavian Heritage Association, the focus is on the culture of the five Scandinavian countries which include: Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Iceland and the preservation of that culture.  They came to North Dakota, bringing the culture with them although they were unable to bring the material treasures with them.  Learn about the history of the Scandinavian people and the heritage they brought with them to a new land.  Located at 1020 South Broadway in Minot, SD.

Ward County Historical Society Museum

Ward County Historical Society operates a Pioneer Village which features the historic Sundre log cabin, a blacksmith shop, a general store and the original Ward County Courthouse.  An Antique Vehicles Museum has been added to the grounds displaying antique cars, horse drawn buggies and sleds.  The village brings the past of Minot alive.  The Pioneer Village of the Ward County Historical Society is located on the North Dakota State Fair Grounds at 2005 Burdick Expressway East. in Minot, ND..



Wells County Museums Manfred Heritage Museum

Operated by the Manfred History and Preservation Inc., the museum is provided to educate future generations about the history of Manfred, North Dakota and it's people.  Many historical buildings in the town of Manfred are being restored.  Located on Highway 52 in Manfred, ND.

Wells County Fairgrounds Museum

Operated by the Wells County Historical Society on the Wells County Fairgrounds, are a historic schoolhouse with displays of antique machinery and other historical items.  Located on the Wells County Fair Grounds at Vine Avenue S. in Fessenden, ND.


Williams County Museums

Buffalo Trails Museum  

[Virtual Tour]

Focused on preserving the history of the prairie land and it's early settlers, the plains Indians and pioneers, the museum includes nine buildings on Main Street in Epping, ND.  The Thorseth Cabin, the Burrington Schoolhouse, the Stevens School, and Miller Hall are a few of them.  Open for tours.

Fort Buford

Erected in 1866, this fort is well-known as the place of surrender by Sitting Bill, leader of the Hunkpapa Sioux Indians.  Today there are only three of the original buildings remaining: a stone powder magazine, an officer of the guard building and the officers quarters where the museum is housed.  The museum tells the story of this historic fort and re-enactments are held at certain times of the year.  Located 23 miles west of Williston, ND on Hwy 1804.

Fort Union Trading Post 

[Photos]  [History]

Now a National historic site, the Fort Union Trading Post was a well-known fur trading post between 1828 and 1867.  Some of the Indian tribes who traded at this post were  Assiniboine, Blackfeet, Cree, Crow, Hidatsa and others.  The site is now a living history museum, depicting life at this famous outpost on the early North Dakota frontier.  Located at 15550 Hwy 1804 in Williston, ND.

Missouri-Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center

The state historic site tells the story of the confluence of these two mighty rivers, as well as provides the same magnificent view that Lewis and Clark Expedition members enjoyed when they visited in 1805 and 1806.  Located about 22 miles southwest of Williston, ND off Highways 1804 and 58.



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