The North Dakota Heritage Center – the state’s largest museum and headquarters of the State Historical Society of ND – is undergoing a massive expansion, one that will double the space for exhibits and provide needed archival and exhibit preparation space – including space used for fossil-prep by paleontologists. But this kind of project takes time. The expansion began in 2011 and the first exhibits will arrive in the spring of 2013. The project is expected to be completed in 2014 and we’ll celebrate with a grand re-opening and North Dakota’s 125th birthday.
While the Heritage Center, located in Bismarck, enters its next phase of expansion, the Main Gallery needs to be closed. But not before a Last Hurrah! October 11-14, a celebration of the past – and the future – will take place. The weekend will include Tipi stories, presentations, Native American dancers and singers, mask making and other projects for children – and more!
The Heritage Center store is relocating but will remain open and staff will be on-hand to answer questions about the expansion and exhibits. If you’re wondering what happens to the exhibits and archives, we learned that they will be moved into spaces for both safety and refurbishing. This includes Dakota the mummified dinosaur, which will be back on display in the expanded Heritage Center.