The Dunn County Historical Museum is located at the original site
of the Dunn Center Public School.
Special Attraction for 2017:
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!
GENERAL INFO ON EXHIBITS
The main building 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 will be readied for exhibits in the future. A Veteran's Monument is under construction at the edge of the patio in front of the school.
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.
The Museum is now open for the
2017 Summer Season!!
It is usually possible to visit the Museum during the off season
or on other days / times beyond scheduled open hours during the summer,
providing arrangements are made ahead of time.
If you have limited time in the area and our operating schedule doesn't
allow time for you to visit, please give us a call
and we will try to accomodate you with a volunteer host.
Please call ahead at 701-548-8111 to make the arrangements.
SCHOOL GROUPS WELCOME!!!
SUMMER 2017 HOURS ARE :
Thurs., Fri., Sat. and Sun.
10AM to 4PM Mountain Time
WE WILL BE OPEN SUMMER HOLIDAYS!
Memorial Day - May 29th, July 3rd & 4th,
Labor Day- Sept.4th
REGULAR HOURS END SEPT 4, 2017
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
Until my own adventure followed Theodore Roosevelt's,
I thought Travel and History were cable channels.
"I AM LEGENDARY."
Come visit the "Historical Diamond of the Western Prairies!"
First State Bank of Manning, ND
(first bank in Dunn County)
Native American Display
(Mandan, Hidatsa, & Arikara)
Leo D. Harris Collection
(Local photographer- Killdeer, ND)
Knife River Flint Arrowheads
Knife River Flint
(Allan & Gail Lynch)
1929 Nash Old Time Kitchen