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National Buffalo Museum

500 17th Street South East

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".


Jean Johnson

Friday, Aug. 10, 2018
This Museum is a must see! There are 2 White Buffalo among the heard in the pasture adjacent to the museum. Inside the Museum is a beautifully restored White Buffalo named White Cloud, along with many other professionally prepared exhibits for all ages to enjoy. The theater runs an informative movie about the history of American Buffalo. If you visit in the early morning when they open or in the evening when it’s cooler, (or both, like we did), you may get a longer look at the White Buffalo (Bison), out in the pasture and visible from the parking lot. This is an amazing experience to see the White Tatanka(Bison). I can’t say enough about the Museum Director, Ms. Xinos, as she was very accommodating, along with her staff. They were informative and engaging. They could tell us about the character of the White Buffalo and their interactions with the heard. The gift shop has some very reasonably priced and appealing gifts. Outside the Museum is the giant Buffalo statue that the kids will love, and the Historical town. There’s something for everyone!

Kyle J

Thursday, May 10, 2018
We had a lot of fun here. Didn't have a chance to go into the museum itself though, we just wandered around outside as a quick pit stop and because we'd never stopped at the giant buffalo before. Totally worth it! Really fun area to see. Will try to stop and see the museum itself at some point. There are a lot of fun period shops around there as well that looked really cute.

Tess Johnson

Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Nice stop on our road trip. Tours are only $7 and there is lots to see, plus funds go to help preserve the herd. We enjoyed the views of the parking lot!

Kittie Kat

Saturday, July 21, 2018
Great hospitality. Great pass over for the night. Owner is wonderful and has a wonderful warm personaility. Ty so much.

Daleen Coil

Friday, May 4, 2018
The museum was amazing. The pioneer town was not open when I was there. It appeared to be a fun place to visit during opening times. Got to view a herd of buffalo, complete with the rare white buffalo.

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