State Historical Society of North Dakota

North Dakota Heritage Center

Seattle, WA

The North Dakota Heritage Center underwent a significant expansion project, nearly doubling its exhibition gallery space. This project allowed the Museum to expand upon the history of North Dakota and its people across time and place, from the time when dinosaurs ruled through the development of today’s emerging industries.

Great Plains Exhibit Development Joint Venture, comprised of Xibitz, Lord Cultural Resources and Taylor Studios worked collaboratively with stakeholders from the Museum, architect, and the public to create exhibits in three new galleries totaling 33,000 square feet.

Public engagement was a cornerstone of the development process as our team traveled to all corners of the state engaging the public in focus sessions seeking input on what stories should be told and how they should be presented. The resulting designs include a mix of traditional and contemporary exhibit techniques, including recreated environments, interactive media, and hands-on exhibits that respond to varied learning styles and audience needs.