National Buffalo Museum Jamestown

Where is it at?

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National Buffalo Museum
500 17th St SE
Tel: 800-807-1511


The museum is located at 500 17th St SE, in Jamestown, North Dakota.

From the I-94 E, take exit 257 and follow 17th St all the way into the Frontier Village. From I-94 W, take exit 258. Off the exit ramp take a right, and onto Hwy 281/52 N. Turn right onto 17th St SW (which is Louis L'Amour Lane) and follow this road to the museum and village.

Where are we going today?

Buffalo have a long cultural history with North America and its' American Indian tribes that once roamed across the land.  Now, these buffalo roam over 200 acres at the National Buffalo Museum

All year round, families can come and enjoy looking at these sacred animals, including the ONLY three in the world who are true albino buffalo!  Pretty crazy!  You can go and say hello to White Cloud, Dakota Miracle and Dakota Legend.  In summer they are roaming right near the museum. In winter, they are just moved nearby. 

The National Buffalo Museum is located at the Frontier Village, and the museum has many exhibits where kids can come and learn about the history of the bison in the plain culture and traditions, but there is also something for every interest. 

Look up close at the Plains Indians artifacts - what do you think these items would have been used for?  Can you imagine how they would have lived?  They also have on display a variety of artwork, as well as real 19th century firearms used by bison hunters!  Do you know what they used the bison for?

For those fossil made kids, they even have the remains of a prehistoric bison!  That's pretty cool!

Kids will love the children's room which feature wildlife of North Dakota, as well as a fascinating video presentation about the history of the bison.

The museum also regularly host education programs, as well as community events, so make sure you keep an eye out for those! 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$5
  • ChildrenAges 7 - 18 - $1.
  • Free Under: 6 years, and military and their families (with ID)

When can we go?

Hours vary across the year, but Memorial Day to Labor Day is 8am - 8pm daily.

Closed if there is bad weather.

Teachers corner

What a great place for kids! At $1 per student, why wouldn't you bring them to experience a piece of history! .

Any Top Tips?

Don't forget to check out the real life bison herd! .

Doing our bit

The North Dakota Buffalo Foundation is dedicated to preserving the history of the bison, as well as promoting the bison industry. .

Need a little extra help?

If you do need wheelchair access, give them a call before you go so you can check what access there is! .

Can I get one of those?

The Prairie Winds gift shop sells fun toys, clothing, books on the history, arts, and pottery. All bison related of course! .

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