The Dickinson Museum Center is a cultural and natural history museum complex that serves the region of southwestern North Dakota.


Joachim Museum – The Joachim Museum includes art and history exhibits of regional significance, and has the main offices for museum staff. It is managed by the Southwestern North Dakota Museum Foundation and Museum Coordinator. The SWND Museum Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. They meet the third Wednesday of every month.

Badlands Dinosaur Museum and Gift Shop – Formerly known as the Dakota Dinosaur Museum, the newly renamed Badlands Dinosaur Museum houses the largest collection of real dinosaur fossils on display in North Dakota, including a complete Triceratops skull, six full dinosaur skeletons, hundreds of other fossils, and a colorful mineral collection. Newly discovered dinosaur bones collected in the 2016 field season are on display in the visitor-viewable fossil laboratory. New and revamped exhibits are planned for Summer 2017.

Prairie Outpost Park – Located east of the Joachim Museum building, Prairie Outpost Park consists of five historic and six reproduction buildings. Free tours are available from Memorial Day until mid-August.  Contact the Dickinson Museum Center at 701-456-6225 or info@dickinsonmuseumcenter.com for more information. Also in the park is the Heritage Pavilion picnic shelter which is available to rent for private events. The Ridgeway Church is also available to rent for weddings, funerals, special services, and other events. Several other groups manage buildings and/or host events in the park throughout the year including the CzechScandinavian, and Germans from Russia heritage organizations.

Pioneer Machinery Building [CURRENTLY CLOSED FOR REMODELING] – The Pioneer Machinery Building features early ranching and agricultural objects from Stark County. The machinery building is home to the Stark County Historical Society, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, which meets the third Tuesday of each month (excluding winter months).

Historic Preservation Commission – The coordinator of the Dickinson Museum Center also serves as Historic Preservationist for the City of Dickinson. The Historic Preservationist serves as staff liaison to the Historic Preservation Commission for the city. The Historic Preservation Commission meets the third Thursday of each month.

Also located nearby:

Dickinson Convention and Visitors Bureau – Get information about local and regional attractions and events. Find a hotel or restaurant, or get maps, brochures, and other travel information. The CVB also provides meeting planning assistance.


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