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Barnes County Historical Society Museum

Museum in Valley City, North Dakota
Opening at 10:00 AM
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Thanks to the generous cooperation of the ND Geological Survey, we welcome "Burt" the Thescelosaurus Neglectus "The Marvelous Lizard". Clint Boyd got it set up in no time and Wes helped too! Come meet "Burt"!

The Barnes County Historical Society Lecture Series Season 21 Presents: Dr. Gary Krapu “A Scientist Reflects on 45 Years Working as a Time Travelers Aide.” 7PM Thursday, April 28th at the Barnes County Museum. 315 Central Ave N, Valley City.

Over the 45-year span, Dr. Krapu has studied sandhil...

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The BCHS Lecture: Rudi Schable “From Austria with Love”

Feb 19, 2022 – Feb 19, 2022

Rudi Schabl “From Austria with Love: Austrian Immigration to Barnes County” Rudolf (Rudi to his friends) Schabl was born in 1955 in Pilgersdorf house no. 12 as the 6th child of Rudolf and Leopoldine Schabl. In 1956 his parents moved to St. Pölten (about 45 ml west of Vienna). He has been involv...

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We have become a branch library of the Valley City/Barnes County Public Library. Our archival collections have been cataloged into the system by Dennis and Lorna Olson. They've done an amazing job of entering data points that can be searched using the VC/BC Catalog on their website. It is AMAZ...

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We're doing our best to be open again. We're in need of a few good volunteers as main floor hosts to help us get back in the swing again. Mon-Sat 10-12, 12-2, 2-4PM shifts. Two hours a week would help immensely.


8 months ago
This FREE museum is a must see. Fossils, cars, local and world history, and three floors. The history is PACKED into this place and the staff are very helpful and friendly. There are even a couple interactive exhibits including old crank phones and a pedal piano. Well worth the visit for anyone at any age.
- Ian S
a year ago
Excellent! The staff assisted with locating an obituary in a La Crosse, WI newspaper for an ancestor who died in La Crosse but buried at Woodbine Cemetery in Valley City. They scanned the obituary and funeral notices and sent to the sexton at Woodbine who then sent to me via text message. My family and I are happy to have this information! The staff at Barnes County Historical Museum and the sexton at Woodbine provided excellent service! Highly recommended...and thank you!
- brandon h
4 years ago
My family loves this museum, even my girls. It's a free will donation to go through it and the volunteers are so great at showing you around or showing you unique parts, letting you play the really cool automatic piano. There are 3 levels to go through and make sure to spend a bit of time here!
- Melissa B

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  • (701) 845-0966


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315 Central Avenue North
Valley City, ND 58072

Business Hours

Mon:10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Tue:10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Wed:10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Thu:10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Fri:10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sat:10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
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