This museum was built so as to document everything related with local culture, history and arts in North Sulawesi Province. Therefore, this museum has a complete collection of 10 categories e.g., geology, biology, ethnography, archeology, history, numismatics, philology, ceramology, arts and technology.
This state-own museum was officially opened on 9 January 1991 and up to now, it has collected 2,810 artifacts. From this figure, about 500 of them are displayed in the Exhibition Hall and can be seen every workday. These collections are collected from districts and municipalities in North Sulawesi such as Manado, Minahasa, Sangihe Talaud, Bolaang Mongondow and Gorontalo.