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The National Buffalo Museum is a 6000 square foot facility housed in a rustic log building at the Frontier Village in Jamestown, North Dakota. The Museum collection portrays the cultural and natural history of bison and the Great Plains, from prehistoric times to the present, through displays of artifacts and artwork. Paintings, sculpture, and Native American art are prominently featured, including works by many local artists.

The museum features a history room, children’s room, white buffalo room, buffalo viewing deck, main gallery, video room, antique gun room, and gift shop. The museum is open year round with hours changing between summer, fall, spring and winter. A nominal admission is charged to go through the museum, however the gift shop and tourist information is free of charge.

In 2002, the museum added to its collection a cast of a skull from a giant bison, Bison latifrons. Giant bison inhabited North Dakota during the last Ice age at the same time that mammoths and mastodons lived here. This animal had a horn span of approximately 7 feet and was radiocarbon dated to be 47,500 years old. This specimen, the only Giant Bison skull ever found in North Dakota, was discovered by Kent Pelton of Watford City on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers administered land within the Fort Berthold Reservation near New Town. The original skull is located at the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck North Dakota.



Museum Hours:
Memorial Day to Labor Day 
8 am – 8 pm daily

Labor Day until October 1st & May 1st until Memorial Day
Monday – Friday 9 am – 5 pm
Saturday 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday 12 pm – 5 pm

October 1st until April 30th
Monday – Friday 9 am – 5 pm
Saturday 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday Closed

** Museum will be closed due to bad weather if the local Jamestown public schools are closed ***



  • Adults $5.00
  • Seniors/AAA Members $4.00
  • Families (mom, dad, and minor children) $10.00
  • Students (age 7 – 18) $1.00
  • Children (6 and under) Free
  • Military and their families (with valid ID card) Free
  • Group Rate/Bus Rate $75.00
    (15 or more adults, 19 or more seniors)
  • School Groups Free
** Admissions charges are subject to change without notification.

Locations of our gaming sites:

ALL VETS CLUB - 116B 1st St E, Jamestown
Blackjack, pull tabs, pull tab dispensing machines, and BINGO

Hours of Operation:  4 pm - 11 pm Tuesday - Thursday and 4 pm - 12 pm Friday & Saturday
BINGO: Wednesday 7 pm & Saturday 1 pm

TAPPS (Quality Inn) - 507 25th St. SW , Jamestown
Blackjack & pull tabs

Hours of Operation:  6 pm - 11 pm Tuesday - Thursday and 6 pm - 12 pm Friday & Saturday

ELKS CLUB - 324 2nd Ave SW, Jamestown
Pull tab dispensing machine

BUCHANAN BAR - 2399 Hwy 281 SE, Jamestown
Pull tab dispensing machines

281 STOP - 1750 Hwy 281 SE, Jamestown

Pull tab dispensing machine

ANCHOR BAR - 8210 33rd St SE, Jamestown
Pull tab dispensing machine