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Address: 805 Highway 59; I-29 Exit 215, Pembina, ND

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Don't drive by

This is an impressive little free (donation) museum right by the border. Well worth at least a 30 min detour before crossing the border. Lots of great local history and displays... read more

Reviewed 18 July 2016
Rob M
Winnipeg, Canada
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Winnipeg, Canada
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Reviewed 18 July 2016 via mobile

This is an impressive little free (donation) museum right by the border. Well worth at least a 30 min detour before crossing the border. Lots of great local history and displays showing life in the Pembina Valley 100+ years ago.

Thank Rob M
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Reviewed 12 July 2016 via mobile

Stayed over night here before crossing into Manitoba. Cool little town a lot of history. My oldest daughter and I explored the area through my favorite hobby, geocaching.

Thank Kyle S
Cambridge, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2014

On our way to Fargo, North Dakota from Winnipeg we saw it but didn't think to stop. Fortunately, on our way back to Winnipeg we had to stop for gas and decided to stop in. It's a small museum but the exhibits are well worth a look. There is everything from fossils to native history to the story of settlers... More 

1 Thank Douglas B
Mandan, North Dakota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 September 2014

Small but well-appointed museum with traveling exhibits in addition to the static exhibits. Has an observation tower you reach by elevator or stairway where you can see into Canada!

1 Thank Carol G
Winnipeg, Canada
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Reviewed 9 August 2013

Stopping by the US-Canada border crossing at Pembina, North Dakota, is usually reserved for a gas fill-up or duty free shopping, but just beyond the little gas/shop stop is a delightful little museum, the Pembina State Museum. The impressive building features an observation tower offering a fantastic view of the countryside, gallery exhibits showing the 6,000 year history of the... More 

Thank Bill Z
Stanwood, Washington, United States
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Reviewed 10 August 2012

Large equipment, such as cars, tractors and even old 'school buses' the kids would ride in behind their horses in the snow were well displayed. Some older buildings and a church were available for viewing, along with a railroad station and waiting room. I enjoyed my visit there.

Thank Eva E
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124 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2012

Just a small place but interesting for it's unique look at the specifics of the area. And the view - There's nothing else that high on the prairie landscape with such an interrupted vista!

Thank PeytonSloane
Silverdale, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 269 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2011

This is a neat little museum. You start at the Crustacean period , through the fur trade, through the first setllers, through modern times in the gallery. The displays are easy to understand, and even I learned something! There is a 7-story viewing tower that gives a nice view of the surrounding area, including the US/Canadian border. The museum is... More 

Thank AF_Hiker
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Reviewed 18 October 2011

The gas station across the street RIPS YOU OFF on currency exchange!!!! Wait until you get on the Canadian side, they won't rip you off on false exchange rates. This gas staion will on both the coming and going into the US. Don't spend a dime in this town, it's a trap to rip you off!!

3 Thank Penstraveler
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250 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 649 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 September 2009

We spent 20 minutes wandering the galleries on a day when persistent rain prevented us from doing outdoor things. The quality is the exhibits is impressive, and there are some very nice artifacts displayed.

Thank kimpete8

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