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Pioneer Auto Museum

Address: 503 E. 5th St., Murdo, SD 57559
Phone Number: 605-669-2691
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Ranked #2 of 3 Attractions in Murdo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: Established in 1954, and known as “The Big Variety Show,” the Pioneer Auto Show and Prairie Town in...
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: Established in 1954, and known as “The Big Variety Show,” the Pioneer Auto Show and Prairie Town in Murdo, South Dakota, provides families a trip through the history of 20th century America with its more than 250 classic cars, motorcycles, tractors and bicycles.Prairie Town continues the adventure; offering visitors a rendezvous with the past via self-guided tours through early renditions of a Midwestern, turn of the century town, complete with depot, bank, and school.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

For sure, this is quite a collection; however, it's rather sad to see the old iron rusting and crumbling. There are a number of rare vehicles that could be preserved better, if not restored. The price of admission ($11) we felt was too high. I just cannot care about seeing a collection of, for instance, old outboard motors and felt... More 

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MN
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193 reviews 193 reviews
109 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

This place could be wonderful, they have so many neat cars and so much to see, but it just isn't very inviting. There is so much junk in the way, the buildings aren't kept very well and so that makes it a little creepy. The staff was super nice and they have a scavenger hunt for kids that is fun.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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155 reviews 155 reviews
57 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

What a collection! I have never seen such a collection. If you like to watch pickers or you like old cars with patina this is a must see for you if you're in the area. There is not much else in Murdo. It took us 2 hours to get thru it and we started slipping stuff after awhile. This collection... More 

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Avon, Ohio
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40 reviews 40 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

When passing through South Dakota from Montana to MN stay in Murdo. Found this Auto Museum well worth the cost and time spent here. Found vehicles that you only read about. Easy access for handicapped. Well planned and maintained. Would stop here again if in South Dakota.

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Maple Valley, Washington
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39 reviews 39 reviews
20 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

This is not a collection. .. its a hoarders nightmare! These cars are shoved into barns then left to rot! They were running then just parked. Most have flat tires and are leaning against barn walls or the car next to it never to run again. There is also no rhyme or reason, you may have a 1926 Rolls Royce... More 

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Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

We were stunned with the size of this collection. An added bonus was the cheap admission price. After going through this it became obvious that this is more of a collection of antiques and is not a 'concours' collection. The gentleman that started this museum was a picker and much of the collection merely displays his hobby. It is a... More 

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Winnipeg, Canada
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64 reviews 64 reviews
30 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

This place reminded me of someone who was a hoarder, or a "collector" but who instead of keeping everything in boxes or in his yard or letting everything pile up in his house to become a fire hazard, he decided to open a museum with everything he collected. It is VERY interesting, and not only if you like cars. While... More 

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Earlysville, Virginia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Here is a great time for the whole family! Start at their good diner for a meal, then walk through the auto-themed souvenir shop for unusual items and then get set to enjoy a walk back in time to whatever automotive era trips your trigger. Awesome isn't a term I use much, however these displays deserve it!

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Seattle area
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34 reviews 34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Don't let the name fool you. This is not just cars. It is an unbelievable collection of anything old including cars, tractors, motorcycles, & antiques. It was started in 1954 and there are about 40 buildings to visit. Definitely worth a stop & the $11 entrance per person.

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North Mankato, Minnesota
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4 reviews 4 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This is quite an extensive collection of anything old. The old camper was quite a treat to see, they have a ramp to walk up so you can see the inside. The collection of automobiles is quite large and it would have been so cool to have one from each era that you could actually sit in and get a... More 

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