National Buffalo Museum, Jamestown

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The mission of the North Dakota Buffalo Foundation (NDBF) is to foster awareness of the cultural and historical significance of the North American bison. By operating the National Buffalo Museum, maintaining a live bison herd, and conducting educational programs, the NDBF fulfills this mission; plays a vital role in local, state, and national tourism; and helps to promote the bison industry. Together, the National Buffalo Museum and bison herd contribute to the distinctive character of Jamestown, the “Buffalo City”.

The National Buffalo Museum and bison herd are located at the Frontier Village, near the intersection of Highway 281 and Interstate 94 (exit 258). Museum exhibits focus primarily on the history of bison in the plains culture, but offer something for every interest. Displays include Plains Indian artifacts; a wide variety of artwork; the 19th century firearms used by bison hunters; remains of prehistoric bison; a children’s room featuring wildlife of North Dakota; and video presentation about the history of bison.

The museum also includes a gift shop containing an amazing assortment of truly distinctive and tasteful items with a bison theme. The associated bison herd currently numbers about 30 head and includes White Cloud – an extraordinarily rare, true albino “White Buffalo”. White Cloud and her four brown calves, which include Princess Winona and Dakota Thunder reside in the herd and also her only white calf Dakota Miracle born Aug 31, 2007.

The National Buffalo Museum frequently hosts educational programs and community events. In 2003, for example, museum staff met with approximately 2000 students during visits to area schools. Recents events have included White Cloud’s annual birthday Celebration; a performance by Clay Jenkinson, star of “The Thomas Jefferson Hour” on National Public Radio; the Potholes and Prairies Birding Festival; and hosting the Rolling Plains Art Gallery.

The NDBF is a nonprofit organization and derives operating funds from memberships, museum entrance fees, and gift shop income; however, charitable contributions are especially important. We depend heavily on the generosity of donors to continue our yout programs, develop exhibits, and maintain our facilities. Please visit the museum during your stay in Jamestown, and, if your circumstances permit, consider lending your support.
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  • My goodness is he big. He needs a little repair to his underparts as you can see the steel reinforcemnent bars. Loved the little frontier town there associated with this monument!  more »
  • It was nice to see the big buffalo and the whole place, you can also take great pictures with the whole family  more »
  • One of my favorite places to stop in North Dakota. I am a huge fan of white cloud, what an amazing animal. Also the museum is packed full of information. Also you should know that what we call buffalo are actually American Bison or Tatanka. When European people first saw them they looked like water buffalo. American Bison
  • Biggest buffalo in the world, white albino buffalo too. Take you picture under this concrete monster. My guess is over 30 ft tall by 60 long. I would go again and have told alot of people about this place. One of the coolest picture memories we have.
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