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Dakota Discovery Museum

Address: 1300 E. University, Mitchell, SD 57301
Phone Number: 605-996-2122
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Ranked #4 of 9 things to do in Mitchell
Type: Museums
Attraction details
Type: Museums
Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 7:00 pm

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Sioux Falls
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

We arrived at the advertised hours with our granddaughter the first Saturday in October only to find a sign in the window saying the museum was closed for the fall for various reasons with no indication when it would reopening. The only thing you could see was the exterior of the four or five historic buildings on the site. This... More 

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52 reviews 52 reviews
20 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

This museum was just the right price and size for our family. We have a 5 year old and big, expensive museums just don't work for us right now. I felt like this one was great to get my daughter's feet wet in the museum experience. And there was the added bonus of her getting a prize for completing the... More 

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Princeton, United States
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57 reviews 57 reviews
26 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

we went to this museum while in Mitchell, SD. Only took a little over an hour but was worth it. thought it was worth the stop and learned some new information. plus got to see some original paintings of Oscar Howe and Charles Hargens. worth the visit.

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Clarksville, Tennessee, United States
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68 reviews 68 reviews
16 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

A very interesting little museum detailing the lives of the early Indians. A lot of history in a small place.

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

I likedthe museum and learning about what was in the area before us. It's well presented and a good place to stop to learn the history.

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Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
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39 reviews 39 reviews
19 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

It's located on Dakota Wesleyan's campus. Has some interesting exhibits showing South Dakota history, including old farming equipment, teepees, and lots of Native American beaded clothing (which was very beautiful). There are also art displays for South Dakota artists and various historical buildings--homes, railroad depot, and schoolhouse. Our kids had a great time.

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Michigan City
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39 reviews 39 reviews
21 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

This is a nice little museum full of history of South Dakota and Mitchell. They have interesting exhibits and a historic home to tour, plus artwork by South Dakota artists.

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Lookeba, Oklahoma, United States
14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

The kids loved it and so did mom and dad.... We learned alot and would go again given the chance.....

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

Lots going on here. Children's activities. Beautiful displays. We really enjoyed the native american art.

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Woodbridge, Virginia
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153 reviews 153 reviews
69 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2012

This was OK, but I think we are mid-west museumed out. There was a fiber arts display which was very interesting.

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