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National Buffalo Museum, Jamestown

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The mission of the North Dakota Buffalo Foundation (NDBF) is to foster awareness of the cultural and historical significance of the North American bison. By operating the National Buffalo Museum, maintaining a live bison herd, and conducting educational programs, the NDBF fulfills this mission; plays a vital role in local, state, and national tourism; and helps to promote the bison industry. Together, the National Buffalo Museum and bison herd contribute to the distinctive character of Jamestown, the “Buffalo City”.

The National Buffalo Museum and bison herd are located at the Frontier Village, near the intersection of Highway 281 and Interstate 94 (exit 258). Museum exhibits focus primarily on the history of bison in the plains culture, but offer something for every interest. Displays include Plains Indian artifacts; a wide variety of artwork; the 19th century firearms used by bison hunters; remains of prehistoric bison; a children’s room featuring wildlife of North Dakota; and video presentation about the history of bison.

The museum also includes a gift shop containing an amazing assortment of truly distinctive and tasteful items with a bison theme. The associated bison herd currently numbers about 30 head and includes White Cloud – an extraordinarily rare, true albino “White Buffalo”. White Cloud and her four brown calves, which include Princess Winona and Dakota Thunder reside in the herd and also her only white calf Dakota Miracle born Aug 31, 2007.

The National Buffalo Museum frequently hosts educational programs and community events. In 2003, for example, museum staff met with approximately 2000 students during visits to area schools. Recents events have included White Cloud’s annual birthday Celebration; a performance by Clay Jenkinson, star of “The Thomas Jefferson Hour” on National Public Radio; the Potholes and Prairies Birding Festival; and hosting the Rolling Plains Art Gallery.

The NDBF is a nonprofit organization and derives operating funds from memberships, museum entrance fees, and gift shop income; however, charitable contributions are especially important. We depend heavily on the generosity of donors to continue our yout programs, develop exhibits, and maintain our facilities. Please visit the museum during your stay in Jamestown, and, if your circumstances permit, consider lending your support.
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  • Some one built a 60 ton bison out of cement! World's largest! Right there in Jamestown! Cute mock-up of a western town to walk through on your way to see the beast! 
    Some one built a 60 ton bison out of cement! World's largest! Right there in Jamestown! Cute mock-up of a western town to walk through on your way to see the beast!  more »
  • Very interesting museum. Good info. The giant buffalo was fun. We could see a handful of buffalo from the deck. Kid friendly. My adult sister was with me. 
    Very interesting museum. Good info. The giant buffalo was fun. We could see a handful of buffalo from the deck. Kid friendly. My adult sister was with me.  more »
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  • I was driving along Interstate 94 and saw a huge buffalo standing on a hill off to the north. I decided to Check it out and discovered it was part of the National Buffalo Museum. This turned out to be a wonderful stop. The National Buffalo Museum is located near a frontier Village and highlights the history of the Buffalo that once roamed the plains and today’s efforts to preserved the remaining herds. The highlight of the museum is a white buffalo named White Cloud who was once part of the Museums small herd. White Cloud died in 2016 and is displayed as part of an exhibit inside the museum. I spent about an hour walking through the museum and thing walked about a quarter mile out to Dakota Thunder, the 25-foot tall 60-ton concrete buffalo that I had seen from the Interstate. It is billed as “the worlds largest buffalo” and just has to be one of North Dakota’s most popular Roadside attractions. This is an excellent museum and a perfect place to break up the drive along I-94.
  • Really informative! Lots of displays and hands on exhibits. Buffalo roaming the fields. Terrific little recreated town. Great history and of course a giant buffalo statue! So worth the visit!

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