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Barnes County Historical Museum
Featuring 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.
Valley City - City of Bridges (PDF FILE)
A guide to the many historical bridges in
Valley City, ND.
Fort Totten State Historic Site
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.
Chateau de Mores State Historic Site
The Chateau de
Mores State Historic Site is composed of three parts:
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.
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.
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.
Pioneer Trails Museum
Double Ditch Historic Site
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 early 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 [Exhibits]
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.
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Bonanzaville Living History Museum
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 [Photos]
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]
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.
Dickey County Historical Park
park is operated by the Dickey County Historical Society and
features 3 acres. Visitors will find an early rural
schoolhouse, a train depot, train caboose and an 1891
Church. Located on the west side of Oakes, ND.
Whitestone Hill Battlefield
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
Dunn County Historical Society and Museum
Featuring the rich history of Dunn County, ND,
the Dunn County Museum houses artifacts and items related to
the local history of Dunn County. 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.
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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
Fort Mandan and The Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center
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.
Fort Clark Trading Post
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
Lodge Virtual Tour]
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.
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.
Mandan Historical Museum
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
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.
Gingras Trading Post
A museum is housed
in this 1840s log trading post built by fur trader, Antione
Blanc Gingras. Located in Wallhalla, ND.
Pembina County Museum & Pioneer Machinery Museum
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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,
Pembina State Museum
The museum boasts
100 million years 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 612 East Boulevard
Avenue in Bismarck, ND.
Dale and Martha Hawk Museum and Campgrounds
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.
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
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.
Ransom County Historical Museum
Bagg Bonanza Farm Historic Site
The only restored
Bonanza Farm in North Dakota. Guided tours of restored
buildings and the farm site. Located 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.
612 East Boulevard Avenue
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.
International Peace Garden [Virtual
Tour and Photos]
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 Froman, ND.
Buffalo Museum [Frontier
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 in the Frontier Village. Located at
500 17th Street SE in Jamestown, ND.
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
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
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.
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