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Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village

Mitchell, SD
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Ranked #1 of 9 attractions in Mitchell
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Ancient Ruins
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Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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77 reviews 77 reviews
47 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

My son loved this place! So did I, actually. The museum/tour was excellent. Seeing the archeological dig site was really fascinating. Kids can dig for a plastic arrowhead which they can turn into the gift shop for the real thing. Nice gift shop too. I had bought an annual membership online for $25 so I'm not exactly sure how much... More

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

In my opinion, this was another highlight of our black hills trip. We overnighted in Mitchell, and up on the advice of a friend who grew up in town, decided to take some time to check out the Prehistoric Indian Village. What a treat! They need to advertise more as this is another educational and historical gem of SoDak! There's... More

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Columbia, Missouri
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68 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

The exhibit inside had a life-size reconstruction of an Indian lodge you can walk through which was a neat way to begin the tour. There was an informative video to watch if you have the time (we didn't), but there were other artifacts to read about. The dig site in the archeodome was fascinating! The fact that it is still... More

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Lebanon, Pennsylvania
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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

Very good introductory video, after which one of the staff personally explained the museum exhibits and the reconstructed earthen lodge. Another staff person then took us through the Archeodome, site of an ongoing archeological dig. Left with a much better understanding of these Native Americans.

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La Crosse, Wisconsin
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30 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Having archaeological background, we were anxious to visit and see what the archeodome was all about. Visitor center/ museum had a very good reconstructed, life size model of a prehistoric Indian lodge and the guide was very informative and genuine. Museum displays were well done and accurate. Intro film was so-so - could have used a native American perspective. Archeodome... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

My review here is based on the fact that I have traveled to nearly every state in the US and have seen more than a fair share of museums and dig sites and exhibits of Indian artifacts. This village existed over 1,000 years ago, was dicovered around 1921 and a preservation society was formed to protect it in 1975. What... More

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Hop Bottom, Pennsylvania
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5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

Very interesting and educational Takes about an hour to go through the whole thing. We did not know how much you could learn from old bones and broken pottery.

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South Bend, IN
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18 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

Dave B gives a good rundown of the experience, so I'll just share more general impressions. We saw the Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village during the Federal Government shut down, meaning well off season, so it was just the three of us and the docent. Our docent put just as much energy into his presentation as he might for a larger... More

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51 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

There's a building where you pay and watch a short film, complete with rest rooms and other amenities. We talked to the director of the site and found her to be friendly and very informative. After the film, we walked to another building erected over an archeological dig of the prehistoric Indian village. A young man told us about the... More

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17 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Enjoyed an in depth guided tour from the Visitor Center guide -- interesting site, though based on what our Archedome guide said, underutilized, which is too bad. Definitely work a visit. 2 Films available were good, though directed more at those interested in archaeology than family friendly public.

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