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Heritage Center Opens New Exhibits To The Public

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It's been a few years, but two of the new Heritage Center exhibits are finally open.

Governor Dalrymple and his wife Betsy had the first look at the new exhibits today. The two new galleries showcase some of North Dakota's history with never-before-seen fossils and artifacts.

Walk into the new Heritage Center and you'll see faces staring at you.

"I'm glad they're not alive today after I saw some of those big dinosaurs," says visitor Betty Hehr.

Between the new Adaptation and Early Peoples galleries, there's no shortage of artifacts to discover.

"I think it surpasses people's expectations," says Merl Paaverud the director of the State Historical Society.

Dalrymple and his wife were the first to walk through the exhibits that opened Monday. Dalrymple says he thinks these galleries will draw North Dakotans and out-of-staters.

"How many places are there where you can have a truly world-class museum with a world-class collection, and have it be absolutely free to the public. I think it's going to be a great centerpiece for our state, a great attraction for our guests and visitors and we're going to be very glad we have it," says Dalrymple.

The Early Peoples exhibit showcases Native American history. While the Adaptive Gallery shows a chronological progression through artifacts and fossils.

And staff say they're just happy the halls are filled.

"I really like having people back. That's my favorite part, and I think it's nice to have people coming in and enjoying it," says Paaverud.

And there will be even more to enjoy when the rest of the new exhibits open in November. The new Museum Store and Great Plains Theatre are also open, along with the renovated Russell Reid Auditorium.

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