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Museums of McKenzie County




If a museum is an institution that cares for a collection of artifacts and other objects of artistic, cultural, historical, or scientific importance and makes them available to the public then the museums of McKenzie County delivers just that.  If you’re traveling through the county you will be most likely traveling by one of our many museums.  If you are spending a couple of days in the area you may want to pick and choose what museums interest you the most.



Built in 1912 of logs and sod, the Grassy Butte Post Office Museum, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, housed the Grassy Butte Post Office from 1914 to 1964. It now serves as a free admission museum housing antiques and relics from the 1800s and 1900s. It is open 9am-4pm July -Labor Day. It is located just off of Highway 85 in Grassy Butte, ND.

The Pioneer Museum features a variety of exhibits that highlight the history and settlement of the area including exhibits of the pioneer woman, the native american woman, drilling rig model, the last lynching in North Dakota and the cowboy's role in McKenzie County. It is open 10am-6pm Monday through Saturday and 1-5pm on Sundays from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Take a 'Walk back in Time' to a place where the history of the North Dakota prairie comes alive. The McKenzie County Heritage Park features many original buildings from the early 1900s including the Shafer Law Office, a Blacksmith shop, Nelson School house built in 1916, a Trappers Cabin, Timber Creek Church, the Eide homestead shack, and many other displays that show the pioneer heritage of western North Dakota. It is open 10am-4pm Thursday-Tuesday Memorial Day to Labor Day.

The Three Tribes Museum display and preserve history and culture of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara people. Native American arts and crafts are sold in the museum shop. Located 4 miles west of New Town on Highway Open April-October 10am-4pm.

Make it a day filled with history as you travel to the Lewis and Clark Trail Homestead Museum in Alexander, ND.  The 1914 three-story schoolhouse contains an array of stunning artifacts. Check out the Country Store, the Pioneer Room, tractors, Model Ts, the bunk house cabin and much more. Eight buildings are located on the museum’s campus including the Charbonneau School building which has been converted into the James Gang Java coffee shop.  The Museum campus is located on the Highway 85 Business Loop only a short jog off of Highway 85. Hours are 10am-8pm Monday through Saturday, and 1pm to 6pm on Sunday. Open Memorial Day to Labor Day.

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