Visitor Centers/Museums

Some Visitor Centers have limited services due to COVID-19.
South Unit

South Unit Visitor Center

Location: South Unit entrance adjacent to the town of Medora.
Open year-round.
Current hours: OPEN daily from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm MT with limited services
Open every day except major holidays (extended hours June through September).
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.


  • Museum with Theodore Roosevelt collections and exhibits on history, nature, and geology CLOSED
  • Maltese Cross Cabin OPEN
  • 17-minute park film, "Refuge of the American Spirit" CLOSED
  • Staffed information desk OPEN
  • Theodore Roosevelt Nature and History Association Bookstore OPEN
  • Restrooms OPEN
  • Drinking fountain OPEN
  • Park rangers present a variety of programs June through mid-September; check the park website, visitor center or park bulletin boards for dates, times, and more information. CANCELED
  • Visitor Center, Maltese Cross Cabin, and restroom facilities are wheelchair accessible.
Painted Canyon Visitor Center THRO-04-07-09-079
Painted Canyon Visitor Center is not your average interstate rest stop.  Be alert for bison grazing in the area.

Painted Canyon Visitor Center

Location: Exit 32 on Interstate 94
Current hours: OPEN Tuesday-Saturday from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm MT (CLOSED Sunday/Monday)
Open May through October (extended hours Memorial Day through Labor Day)


  • Panoramic views
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Hiking trails
  • Staffed information desk
  • Exhibits and displays
  • Theodore Roosevelt Nature and History Association Bookstore
  • Picnic shelters
  • Restrooms
  • Drinking fountain
  • Vending machines
  • Public telephone
  • Visitor center, overlook, picnic area, and restrooms are wheelchair accessible

North Unit

North Unit Visitor Center

Location: Entrance of North Unit

Current hours: OPEN Daily from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm CT with limited services

Trailers at the park entrance serve as a small, temporary visitor center for visitors to the North Unit. The original building had to be demolished due to structural failure. Planning for a new facility is underway. Park information, informal presentations, restrooms, and a gift shop are all available in this temporary facility.

Last updated: October 10, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 7
Medora, ND 58645


(701) 623-4466

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