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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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  • This was a comfortable go at your own pace attraction, which offered a great history of the great plains.  more »
  • My son and I were returning home from a long plains states road trip and discovered this when we were originally just going to stop for a photo op with the world’s largest Buffalo. Frontier Village.....  more »
  • This is the second time we have stopped in on our travels. Love being able to see the buffalo and enjoy the walk around the town. The museum has a great little free library and the tour inside is very informative. We really enjoy the walk around the Frontier Village also.
  • Cute place! Great for families, couples, or groups. I highly recommend the gift shop before the Jamestown village, the people who run it are lovely. The giant buffalo is a must see along with the buffalo family at the gift shop! P.S. if you see the buffalo, buy a feed bag for 50¢ from the front counter... they love it!

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