The State Historical Society of North Dakota announces the reopening of the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum on June 22. In alignment with the North Dakota Smart Restart plan, the State Museum and the James River Café will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends. The State Archives will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and on the second Saturday of each month from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
"We look forward to welcoming back visitors for the summer season,” said State Historical Director Claudia Berg. “With new protocols in place for the health and safety of our visitors and staff, we’re ready to provide engaging history experiences throughout the building, as well as outdoor opportunities on the capitol grounds to explore sculptures, walking trails, and more.”
New health and safety protocols are in place for enhanced visitor and staff safety. Following guidelines for buildings on the state capitol grounds, all visitors and staff will be subject to temperature screenings and health questions upon entering the building. Only the east visitor entrance will be open to the public. Visitors are encouraged to wear face coverings and follow social distancing guidelines.
The main museum exhibits are open, but certain touchable exhibit items, touch screens, and The Treehouse exhibit will be unavailable until further notice. No tours are available.
Access to special archaeology and museum collections areas and the State Archives reading room is by appointment only by calling 701.328.2666. Find the latest updates to health protocols, hours, and appointment information at history.nd.gov/covid-19. The State Historical Society of North Dakota manages 57 historic sites and museums open to the public.