COVID-19 Updates

The health and safety of our visitors and community is our highest priority. The State Historical Society is closely monitoring the status of COVID-19 in our region. We will continue to follow the guidance of state leaders and public health experts as we make decisions about future events, programs, and business operations. With concerns about COVID-19 ongoing, we are responding with the updates below.


  • North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-4p.m., and Sat.-Sun, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Museum Store: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-4p.m., and Sat.-Sun, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • James River Café: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., and Sat.-Sun, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • State Archives: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and the second Sat. of the month, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. by appointment only.
    • To schedule an appointment, please contact us at 701.328.2091 or
  • Archaeology and Historic Preservation Offices: Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    • The File Room is open to cultural resource specialists (contractors) during these hours with no appointment necessary.

Know Before You Go

  • The north entrance (across from the State Capitol parking lot) is closed until further notice. Please use the east entrance by the Northern Lights Atrium.
  • The main museum exhibits and The Treehouse are open. Certain exhibits may be closed for public safety during the pandemic.
  • All visitors will be asked to go through a temperature screening.
  • Masks are strongly encouraged.
  • Please follow the CDC's recommendations on social distancing and personal hygiene while visiting.
  • See our guidelines for visiting.


Some public programs and events have been canceled or are being presented virtually. Please check our events page for our calendar of events.


Rental spaces are available at reduced audience capacity. Call 701.328.4187 for more information or to reserve a space.

Share Your Story: An Invitation to Document Your COVID-19 Experiences in North Dakota

Please consider sharing your North Dakota related experiences through your pictures, videos, art, journals, text screenshots, and objects. Your contributions are important to documenting this time in history for future generations. Learn more and share your story.

History at Home

We encourage children and adults to explore our free online learning resources available on our website, including those on our History at Home page.


If you would like to donate to the State Archives, museum collections, or make a monetary donation, please visit our donate page.

Additional Information & Resources

Please watch our social media for further updates. We will quickly communicate any changes as they occur.

North Dakota people are our history makers and caretakers. Our biggest concern is community and the safety of our visitors, volunteers, staff and supporters. Thank you for your continued support.