The National Buffalo Museum in Jamestown is the best museum in North Dakota, according to, a Delaware corporation that creates online financial news and opinion content.

The "Best museum in each state" news article posted on on April 15 listed one museum for each state. USA Today carried the article.

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"The rating is a great step for the National Buffalo Museum insofar as one of our goals is to be known nationwide as the place to go if you want to learn all things bison," said Ilana Xinos, executive director of the National Buffalo Museum.

The museum rankings were based on information from various sources including annual attendance figures, weighed visitor comments and general admission fees.

The article said the National Buffalo Museum is known for fostering awareness of North American bison, its annual attendance of 8,713 visitors and admission cost.

"Given the enormous growth in admissions in the past two years, it's not a complete surprise that the National Buffalo Museum is on the radar," said Searle Swedlund, executive director of Jamestown Tourism.

Following a major redevelopment and remodel in 2016-17, admissions were up 75% for the 2017 fiscal year and continued to grow 7.5% for the 2018 fiscal year, Swedlund said. The improvements include a theater and introduction video, a mount of White Cloud, the albino bison who lived with the museum herd for 19 years, and more interactive exhibits for children and adults.

The museum is located at 500 17th St. SE, near Frontier Village in Jamestown. For more information, call 252-8648 or visit