Exhibit Cases

Recent Donations

A small exhibit with underwear hanging on a clothes line and many other small objects on the floor of the caseThe exhibit case at the east end of the Corridor features objects from our museum collections and is changed each year.

This year's exhibit is Recent Donations. Not everything we collect must be old. For our new exhibit, museum interns selected a cross-section of donations from the last couple of years, including household items, toys, and traditional items from North Dakotans spanning several decades. This is a small sampling of the several hundred objects we add to the State Museum collection each year, most of which are donated by private individuals.

Gems and Minerals

Gems & Minerals CaseLocated outside the Adaptation Gallery: Geologic Time is a gem and mineral exhibit of specimens from the North Dakota Geological Survey (NDGS) State Rock and Mineral Collection. View specimens from around the world, most from the donated Blossomae Campbell Collection. Lapidary spheres, cabochons (gemstones that have been shaped and polished), and other objects created from rocks and minerals were donated by Melvin Anderson, Jacob and Catherine Schlosser, and Bob Randall. See a florescent mineral exhibit with specimens donated by Ray and Russ Oliger in the Adaptation Gallery: Geologic Time.

WPA Ceramics

PotteryThe Works Progress Administration (WPA) Ceramics display is located outside the Innovation Gallery: Early Peoples. President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the WPA during the Great Depression to generate jobs. Articles made in North Dakota were produced for state institutions and could not be sold. WPA workers created utensils for school hot lunch programs, nursery rhyme characters and animal figurines for nursery schools in the state, and decorative items such as bowls and vases. On exhibit are examples of decorative pieces, nursery rhyme figures, and school lunch pottery.

Guns of North Dakota

Guns of North Dakota CaseA large collection from the State Historical Society’s gun vault highlights the evolution of firearms, from the earliest flintlock weapons of the 1700s to guns used in World War II. This exhibit is located at the west end of the Corridor of History, close to the Inspiration Gallery: Yesterday and Today.