T-Rex with hard hat

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A T. rex and Triceratops ready for battle. Interactive exhibits. Beautiful pottery and quillwork from the 1800s. A 1950s soda fountain shop. An experimental Mars spacesuit. You’ll experience all of this and more at the recently expanded State Museum in Bismarck! Enjoy exhibits in four new galleries tracing North Dakota history from 600 million years ago to today.

Admission Is free, seven days a week!

Adaptation Gallery: Geologic Time takes visitors back in time 600 million years. From monstrous sea creatures living in the first oceans to the rise and extinction of dinosaurs at the end of the ice age, this gallery tells the fascinating story of the earliest geology and life in North Dakota. Kids of all ages will enjoy the life-size casts of a T. rex and a Triceratops ready to battle!

Innovation Gallery: Early Peoples, devoted to the Native peoples of North Dakota, highlights the breadth of the State Museum’s collections with more than 1,000 artifacts. Don’t miss the exquisite 6’ x 50’ hand-painted mural of Double Ditch Indian Village in 1550.

Explore the story of North Dakota from the mid-1800s to today in the Inspiration Gallery: Yesterday and Today. Exhibits showcase the state and its people through a variety of themes that continues to shape our history: Agricultural Innovation; Industry and Energy; Newcomers and Settlement; Conflict and War; Our Lives, Our Communities, and Cultural Expressions.

The Governors Gallery hosts temporary and traveling exhibits.
Tour our free current exhibit - the Green Revolution! Explore how you and your family can be more eco-friendly with a new Smithsonian
eco-zibit, made from recycled and repurposed materials. Green Revolution focuses on important environmental issues such as alternative energy sources, green building, recycling, and waste management.

Shop in the Museum Store, and enjoy lunch at the James River Café. Watch a movie in the new theater or auditorium, and take part in special programs.

Discover HISTORY FOR everyone at the newly expanded State Museum in Bismarck!

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