- Associated Press - Monday, April 28, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota’s official history museum has reopened to the public after nearly two years of renovations.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple and first lady Betsy Dalrymple toured the upgraded Heritage Center on Monday. The first two galleries of the three-gallery expansion then opened to the public.

The Bismarck Tribune reports busloads of tourists arrived at the museum Monday.

The center on the state Capitol grounds in Bismarck had been closed since the fall of 2012 for a $51.7 million makeover.

The center’s Adaptation Gallery focuses on ancient North Dakota and includes dinosaur skeletons, while the Innovation Gallery centers on the state’s history from about 13,000 years ago to the present. It includes exhibitions on agriculture and technological advancements.

The grand opening for the expanded and renovated center is scheduled for November.