The best museums in North Dakota in October 2023

These are the top 20 best museums in North Dakota, ranked by their rating and popularity in 2023. Click a museum for more information about the museum, including visitor information, exhibitions and reviews.

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Looking for the best museums in North Dakota? These are the best ones:

  1. North Dakota State Capitol Building1

    North Dakota State Capitol Building

    Bismarck, ND
    The North Dakota State Capitol, a significant architectural landmark, was constructed between 1931 and 1934. The architects behind this impressive structure were Joseph Bell DeRemer and W. F. Kurke. The building is situated in Bismarck, which is the capital of the state. This historical building offers a glimpse into the state's past and its architectural prowess.
  2. North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum2

    North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum

    Bismarck, ND
    The North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum, situated on the North Dakota State Capitol grounds in Bismarck, serves as the official history museum of the state. This museum is a significant destination for those interested in learning about the history and heritage of North Dakota. It is conveniently located on the Capitol grounds, making it easily accessible for visitors.
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    National Buffalo Museum

    Jamestown, ND
  4. Red River Zoo4

    Red River Zoo

    Fargo, ND
    The Red River Zoo, situated in Fargo, North Dakota, is a popular destination for animal lovers and families alike. The zoo first opened its doors to the public in the spring of 1999, initially spanning an area of 8 acres. Over the years, it has expanded and now offers a wide range of exhibits and attractions for visitors to enjoy.
  5. Camp Hancock State Historic Site5

    Camp Hancock State Historic Site

    Bismarck, ND
    Camp Hancock Site, located on Main Avenue in Bismarck, North Dakota, is a historic site that was established in 1872. This site holds significant historical value as it has been standing for over a century, providing a glimpse into the past.
  6. Former Governor's Mansion6

    Former Governor's Mansion

    Bismarck, ND
    The North Dakota Governor's Residence, situated on the southwest corner of the North Dakota State Capitol grounds in Bismarck, is the official home of the governor of North Dakota. This location has been the site of three official residences for the state's governors, each with its own unique history and architectural style.
  7. Plains Art Museum7

    Plains Art Museum

    Fargo, ND
    The Plains Art Museum, situated in Fargo, has a rich history dating back to 1965 when it was initially established as the Red River Art Center. It was later renamed to its current title ten years after its inception. This museum is a testament to the city's commitment to the arts and culture, offering visitors a glimpse into the region's artistic heritage.
  8. Children's Museum At Yunker Farm8

    Children's Museum At Yunker Farm

    Fargo, ND
  9. Roger Maris Museum9

    Roger Maris Museum

    Fargo, ND
    The Roger Maris Museum is located in the West Acres Shopping Center in Fargo, North Dakota. The museum is a 70-foot display case dedicated to the life and baseball career of Major League Baseball player and local alumni, Roger Maris. It is a significant location for baseball enthusiasts and those interested in the history of the sport.
  10. Fargo Air Museum10

    Fargo Air Museum

    Fargo, ND
    The Fargo Air Museum, located in Fargo, North Dakota, is a museum dedicated to aviation. It offers a unique opportunity for visitors to explore the history and development of aviation in a hands-on and interactive environment.
  11. Von Hoffman House11

    Von Hoffman House

    Medora, ND
  12. Theodore Roosevelt National Park Visitor's Center12

    Theodore Roosevelt National Park Visitor's Center

    Medora, ND
  13. Billings County Courthouse Museum13

    Billings County Courthouse Museum

    Medora, ND
    The Billings County Courthouse, located in Medora, North Dakota, is a historic building that dates back to around 1880. It underwent a significant remodel in 1913 under the guidance of architect John Tester. This courthouse is not just a building, but a testament to the architectural prowess of the past.
  14. North American Game Warden Museum14

    North American Game Warden Museum

    Dunseith, ND
  15. North American Game Warden Museum15

    North American Game Warden Museum

    Dunseith, ND
    The North American Game Warden Museum is situated in the International Peace Garden, a unique location that straddles the Canada–United States international border. Specifically, the museum is located on the American side of the border. This location offers visitors a unique opportunity to explore the museum while also enjoying the natural beauty and tranquility of the International Peace Garden.
  16. Traill County Museum Complex - North Dakota Tourism16

    Traill County Museum Complex - North Dakota Tourism

    Hillsboro, ND
    The Traill County Historical Society Museum, also known as the Amos and Lillie Plummer House, is a historic site located in Hillsboro, North Dakota. This Queen Anne style house was constructed in 1897 and has since been a significant part of the county's history. It offers visitors a glimpse into the past, showcasing the architectural style of the period and the lifestyle of its former inhabitants.
  17. Bonanzaville17


    Mapleton, ND
    Bonanzaville, USA is a history museum complex located in West Fargo, North Dakota. It is a part of the Cass County Historical Society and is spread across 12 acres of land. The museum complex consists of forty buildings, many of which are historic and have been moved from the region to the museum grounds. These buildings now form a village setting, each with a unique theme.
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    Chahinkapa Zoo

    Wahpeton, ND
    Chahinkapa Zoo, located in Wahpeton, North Dakota, spans across 29 acres of land. It holds the distinction of being the first zoo established in North Dakota, having opened its doors to the public in 1933. This historical significance adds to the charm and appeal of the zoo for visitors.
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    Roosevelt Park Zoo

    Minot, ND
    The Roosevelt Park Zoo, located in Minot, North Dakota, holds the distinction of being the oldest zoo in the state. This historic establishment has been a part of the community since its inception and continues to be a popular destination for locals and tourists alike.
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    Gateway To Science

    Bismarck, ND
    An interactive exhibit gallery where every member of family can explore and discover science in our everyday world. Recommended.

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