North Dakota Geological Survey


Heritage Center

Johnsrud Paleontology Laboratory
Jeff J. Person, Paleontologist

Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday
8:00 am to 5:00 pm

The North Dakota State Fossil Collection has grown substantially since its creation in 1989 by legislative mandate. Additional space was needed in the Heritage Center to develop the collection further and to prepare fossils for research and exhibit. The State Historical Society of North Dakota provided additional space in the Heritage Center for expansion of the NDGS State Fossil Collection but funds were not available for renovation of this undeveloped area previously used for storage. Funds provided by the Johnsrud family have allowed us to renovate this space to create the new paleontology laboratory. I am pleased to announce that the new laboratory will be called the Johnsrud Paleontology Laboratory in recognition of and in thanks for the support from the Johnsrud family. The new laboratory triples our space and as a result enhances our capability to care for North Dakota's fossil resources and to restore fossil specimens for exhibit at the Heritage Center and other museums around the state.

The dedication of the new NDGS Johnsrud Paleontology Laboratory was held at the North Dakota Heritage Center on October 19, 2000.


Visiting Information

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Street Address:
612 East Boulevard Ave.,
Bismarck, ND 58505-0830

Mailing Address:
600 East Boulevard Ave.,
Bismarck ND 58505-0840

P: (701) 328-8000

F: (701) 328-8010