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Teen-2-Teen: July2017

Amelie Johnson, North Dakota Living teen writer
Amelie Johnson

Teens, discover the Heritage Center!

by Amelie Johnson

Education, intrigue, beauty and fun! All of these await you at the North Dakota Heritage Center and State Museum in Bismarck, North Dakota’s largest museum, which holds four galleries to enjoy.

The Governors Gallery features a new exhibit, “Chocolate: The Exhibition” through Sept. 6. If you love this delicious treat, then this is the perfect exhibit for you! Feast your eyes on models of pre-Columbian ceramics and European servers, just some of the 200 items located in the exhibit! Take a break from your explorations by eating some chocolate and other delicious treats at the James River Cafe.

You’ll be whisked away to prehistoric North Dakota in the Adaptation Gallery: Geologic Time, which features skeleton casts of beasts like dinosaurs and gigantic sea creatures you would not want to meet in real life. If you delight in video games, you can control a digital dinosaur battle and “explore” ancient North Dakota.

Dioramas of Native American villages, clothing such as beautiful moccasins, and ancient pottery can be viewed in the Innovation Gallery: Early Peoples, which has collected items related to the Native American tribes that dwelt in North Dakota. There are even recordings of fascinating stories in the languages of the Native Americans.

Finally, the Inspiration Gallery: Yesterday and Today holds items from, well, yesterday and today! Fans of the “Little House on the Prairie” books will love the replica of a pioneer’s cabin. A realistic tractor offers an interactive game about North Dakota’s crops. A 1950s soda shop with a real jukebox is on display, and sports fans will have fun with the classic uniforms on display.

 Everyone will discover something of interest at the Heritage Center. More adventurous teens might be drawn to the gun display, the flight simulator, the missile-launching computer equipment, and the Cold War fallout shelter. Crafty, artistic teens might happily enjoy the sparkling gem display, the handcrafted jewelry in the museum store, the colorful Norwegian clothing and the antique grand piano from 1881. Everyone will love the outdoor picnic spots and the historical tidbits. Plan your excursion to the Heritage Center today!


Amelie Johnson, 13, is an eighth-grade home-educated student. She enjoys being with friends and family, playing piano, singing, reading, writing and acting. Amelie is the daughter of Ethan and Heidi Johnson, who are members of Capital Electric Cooperative.