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Address: 1300 McGovern Avenue, Mitchell, SD 57301
Phone Number: +1 605-996-2122
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Dakota Discovery Museum tells the story of people who came to the...

Dakota Discovery Museum tells the story of people who came to the Middle Border region, the region surrounding the Missouri River, and established themselves and their families. This is the place where East and West met, where Settler and Tribal members interacted, sometimes with positive outcomes, but often with negative results. Dakota Discovery Museum works to illuminate and educate so that the human story is told.

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Nice small museum

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 29, 2014
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Mitchell, South Dakota
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9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

Fun place to learn about settlers of South Dakota and folks in and around the Mitchell area. Some hands on activities and kid friendly!

Thank Mitchell57301
South Dakota, USA
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69 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

If you are getting off the interstate to see the Corn Palace (and you should!), it is a short trip to this small, but charming bit of midwestern history. Exhibits are will prepared. And the McGovern museum (He's the SD Senator who lost to Richard Nixon the 1972 Presidential election) is just across the street.

Thank Fallsbiker
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11 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

First floor Pioneer museum and second floor art gallery. Old church and school photo op. Not really worth it. If your on a time crunch don't bother.

Thank Jennifer K
Merino, Colorado
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

What a gem of a museum! The grounds of the museum are simply beautiful, with turn of the century Dakota structures that have been brought in for you to walk through. There is a church,schoolhouse, train depot and a beautiful victorian home. The art collection in the main building is truly outstanding, featuring collections from Harvey Dunn, Charles Hargen and... More 

Thank Sonya H
Sioux Falls
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4 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 

Thank James O
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73 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 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 

1 Thank FootballFangirl
Princeton, United States
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102 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 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.

1 Thank Barbara K
Clarksville, Tennessee, United States
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115 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 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.

Thank Robert A
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14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 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.

Thank Jennifer P
Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
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49 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 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.

Thank Mark M

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