Date set for Heritage Center expansion grand opening

BISMARCK The grand opening celebration of the North Dakota Heritage Center and State Museum expansion in Bismarck has been scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 2, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The grand opening for all four galleries and other areas is being held in conjunction with the celebration of the 125th anniversary of North Dakota’s statehood, said Kim Jondahl, communications and education director for the State Historical Society of North Dakota.

Later this spring, the first two of the galleries the Adaptation Gallery: Geologic Time and the Innovation Gallery: Early Peoples are expected have soft openings and the public can view them.

The other two galleries the Governor’s Gallery and the Inspiration Gallery and other areas will open on Nov. 2.

The Geologic Time gallery is abut the geological history and the history of life in North Dakota about 500 million years ago up to about 12,000 years ago. It interprets the geology and evolution of life before the appearance of human beings in the state.

The Early Peoples gallery is about history and culture of Native Americans and the state.

The Governor’s Gallery will be an area for traveling exhibits.

The Inspiration Gallery, the current existing gallery being totally renovated, will tell the recent history of North Dakota, including the history of agriculture and the energy industry in the state. Exhibits in that gallery will bring the history up to the present time.

The grand opening will include tours of the four new State Museum galleries, entertainment, a ribbon-cutting ceremony, free movies, door prizes, artist demonstrations, kids’ activities and specials at the museum store.