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Volunteer opprotunites are available in a multitude of areas! Please call or stop by the museum and see us!

Our Museum

The museum is one of the major cultural centers in Bowman and the surrounding area. We routinely showcase local artistic talents, traveling displays, and sponsor guest speakers on many topics.


This region of the country has a wealth of fascinating Indian history and culture. Sitting Bull, Four Bears, Running Antelope, George Armstrong Custer, General Crook, Buffalo Bird Woman, Rain-in-the-Face, these are just some of the famous names that played a role in the drama of life here.


The Archaeology Department is responsible for the collection, interpretation and curation of artifacts and information pertaining to the history of the area.The Archaeology Department continues to develop and maintain both a research document collection and an artifact collection.


The Genealogy Department is one of the newer departments and is still being developed. Our collections include a fairly extensive file of births, deaths, and marriages. We have several cemetery records and numerous reference and local history books.


Are you interested in the stars? Or do you find yourself looking up at the sky instead of in front of you? This department needs volunteers and people with an interest in the skys. Come help us develop this department.


If you really want to see the prairie, you have to get out of your vehicle and walk upon it. So it is with our native plant gardens, and that is why they are called the Prairie Walk. It is one thing to read about a prairie, it is quite another to walk though one.


The demise of the dinosaurs and the changes in local paleoenvironments are just a couple of areas in which the Paleontology Department has been researching over the past decade.

Local History

Also on display are military uniforms and memorabilia with local connections from Calvary days, the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, and the Korean War. Currently there are plans to include the Vietnam War and Desert Storm as the display area is enlarged.

Prehistoric Road Trip

Join Emily Graslie for a summer road trip through America’s dinosaur country on a search for mysterious creatures and bizarre ecosystems that have shaped Earth.

Become a Member

Members enjoy free admission to the museum year round, as well as discounted research fees. Both single and family memberships are available.

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