Historic Landmarks & Museums | Fargo & Moorhead

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Looking for fun and maybe a little culture in the FM area? Here are some local museums in Fargo and historic landmarks to check out!

Plains Art Museum

With a focus on art and the creative process, this art museum in Fargo has over 56,000 square feet of displays. It contains a permanent collection, special exhibitions, and ample space to create and learn. In addition, the Plains Art Museum offers classes, camps, talks, screenings, and also virtual programs and resources. 

Roger Maris Museum

This small museum in the West Acres Mall celebrates baseball great and Fargo native, Roger Maris. Maris gained fame in 1961 after breaking Babe Ruth’s single-season homerun record. He was reluctant to have a museum in his honor, but finally agreed if it could be open to the public and free of charge.

The museum features displays from his days in youth baseball and the Major Leagues. And exhibits include some of Roger Maris’ uniforms, his two MVP awards, and also a replica of his locker from 1961. 

In the video room, sit in a Yankee Stadium seat (from the 1960’s era) and watch historic footage of Roger Maris in action.

Hjemkomst Center

Along the Red River of the North in Moorhead, the Hjemkomst Center celebrates Scandinavian culture and heritage. It features the Hjemkomst Viking Ship and the Moorhead Stave Church. The church is a full-scale replica of the Hopperstad Stave Church located in Vik, Norway. And tours of the church are offered April 1st through December 31st. 

The Hjemkomst Center offers lectures and festivals and museum displays include major and local exhibitions. Check out the sites in person, or take a virtual tour of the Hjemkomst Viking Ship.

Rourke Art Museum

This art gallery/museum is housed in the former Moorhead Federal Post Office, in a neoclassical building that is on the National Register of Historic Places. It features exhibitions of regional talent, traveling exhibits, along with a permanent collection of over 5,000 pieces. The Rourke also offers classes (mainly virtual at this time) and resources for artists. 

Bonanzaville

Located on 12 acres of land in West Fargo, this museum and pioneer village is owned and operated by the Cass County Historical Society. It provides an opportunity to learn about the early settlers and history of our region. Bonanzaville offers special events and the ability to wander around the 40+ buildings and view tons of artifacts that make up the village. To be sure to see all the sites, take a GPS-guided tour or a virtual tour.

Fargo Air Museum

This aviation museum in Fargo has a rotating selection of aircraft, airplanes, and interactive displays. It opened in 2001 and is located in north Fargo. In addition to an aviation library, this museum offers educational day camps, seminars, speakers, and tours.

Comstock House

Step inside what was once the grandest house in Moorhead. Built in 1882, this family home is an example of late Victorian architecture. The home of the Comstocks, railroad and academic pioneers, this local landmark was a symbol of prosperity for the region. Many rooms contain original furnishings and personal items belonging to the family. This historic home is managed by the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County. And it is temporarily closed, but will open on May 29, 2021 with tours available by appointment on select Saturdays.

MSUM Planetarium

This planetarium on the MSUM campus uses a variety of multimedia presentations to wow and also educate. They have a night sky simulation providing an opportunity to tour the planets and universe. It provides an immersive experience for all ages. And typically seats 62 people, but is currently open for small groups of 16 people or less, and also available for virtual shows.

Red River Zoo

This local zoo is 22 developed acres of animals in landscaped environments. And the focus is on the world’s rarest cold climate species.

The Red River Zoo has 89 animal species with walking paths throughout, along with indoor and outdoor viewing areas.

The Children’s Zoo Farm, Nature Playland, carousel, and playground areas provide fun for the kids. And the colored pencil fence is a great backdrop for selfies!

Fargo-Moorhead Visitors Center (Woodchipper)

Look at the original movie prop from the Coen brother’s film, Fargo! It is located in the Visitors Center, just off Interstate-94 in Fargo. Also, other memorabilia from the movie is displayed, including a signed script. And it’s free!

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Leah is a true Midwesterner: born in Minnesota, educated at the University of North Dakota, and living in Fargo since 2009. She has a degree in English and spent years working as a paralegal. Leah is now a stay-at-home mom to two boys, Andrew and Sammy. She spends her free time reading, traveling, and getting a good workout in. She loves learning, music, art, coffee, the oxford comma, and is continually pursuing the elusive goal of having an organized home.

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