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(701) 548-8111
PO Box 86
Dunn Center, ND 58626
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The Dunn County Historical Museum is located at the original site
of the Dunn Center Public School.



Special Attraction for Summers of 2017 & 2018:

Original, restored
Military Escort Wagon
on loan from David Watkins

Used from the Indian Wars in 1881 through World War I

Also with the wagon: Sibley stove, portable forge, etc.

Don't miss the opportunity to see this!! 
Closest other wagon of its type on display is at
Fort Leavenworth, Kansas!!

Photos of the military escort wagon, courtesy of Ellie Potter, The Dickinson Press.

Top: David Watkins, Manning, ND, restorer of the wagon, finishes tying down the cover.

Bottom: The wagon as it now sits in the Western Room.

Thank you to David Watkins for his generosity in loaning the wagon for display!



The main building of the Dunn County Historical Museum houses displays of school history, Knife River flint quarries, area churches, Lake Ilo, a seamstress' shop, music room, kitchen, nursery, barber shop, post office, bank, antique cameras, toys and dolls and much, much more! We also have a bedroom furniture set crafted by well - known Dunn Center carpenter, Adolph Krieger. A recent addition is a railroad diorama consisting of an exact replica of Dunn Center done in HO scale, complete with a "Galloping Goose", and new on display in 2017, an REA wagon used at the Killdeer depot.  There is a military display with uniforms, medals, and many different articles pertaining to local servicemen and women's tours of duty. A large Western Room in the main building houses saddles, a barbed wire and brand display, a forge & blacksmithing tools, several antique buggies, a 1929 Nash car, wildlife pelts, a cream separator, sausage makers, antique hand tools, and many more items. There is a completely outfitted chuckwagon.

There are several outbuildings on the grounds which also contain Museum collections. These include a large Machinery Building housing many pieces of agricultural equipment from hand / horse powered to mid -20th Century, and various vehicles including an antique wrecker truck and two fire engines. A furnished log cabin and claim shanty can also be explored. We also have a one-room school house (donated by Dorothy Galyen - upper right picture), furnished completely as it was when in use.  We've also acquired a 100-yr-old bank building (donated by Larry Sample) from Manning, North Dakota which is being readied for exhibits in the near future. 

A Veteran's Monument is now in place at the edge of the patio in front of the school, enscribed with the names of those from Dunn County who gave their lives in service to their country.

Dunn County and the surrounding areas have grown rapidly. We especially invite those new to North Dakota to come to the Museum. It's a great place to become acquainted with local history and information. A visit is fun for all ages.  We have a scavenger hunt for young visitors. As always, we welcome long time area residents, too!

LOCATION:  Dunn Center, North Dakota, USA   Please see Directions page on this website for how to find us.                                                   

Sept 4 was the last day of our

summer 2017 operating season.

There are no regular hours

for the Museum during

until THURSDAY, MAY 25, 2018 ,

it is usually possible to visit the Museum during

the off season providing arrangements are made

ahead of time.

We will try to accomodate you with a volunteer host.
Please call ahead at 701-548-8111

to make the arrangements.


We may be a bit slow to answer phone messages
or emails in the off season.



Thurs., Fri., Sat. and Sun.
10AM to 4PM Mountain Time
Memorial Day - May 28th, July 4th,
Labor Day- Sept.3th

Please check the Events Page for special events!

Visit our Gift Shop Page for NEW
40th Anniversary Souvenirs!!


Members and Age 14 and Under - Free

Special rate available for nursing home/ assisted living groups.



Until my own adventure followed Theodore Roosevelt's,

                            I thought Travel and History were cable channels. 





Come visit the "Historical Diamond of the Western Prairies!"

                             First State Bank of Manning, ND 

                                                              (first bank in Dunn County) 

 Interior renovations currrently underway! 

We hope to have the inside open to the public in the summer of 2018.
An amazing transformation is happening!  : )    



              Native American Display

              (Mandan, Hidatsa, & Arikara)



                                                             Leo D. Harris Collection  

                                                    (Local photographer- Killdeer, ND)  



                                                                                                   Knife River Flint Arrowheads    



                              Knife River Flint display pertaining to                         

              Lynch Knife River Flint Quarry & Lake Ilo Archeological Dig



                     1929 Nash Car                                                                      Old Time Kitchen  


                                                                 Western Display


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