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Address: 900 Governors Drive, Pierre, SD 57501
Phone Number: 605-773-3458
Description: Not your typical museum structure, this one is built into the side of...
Not your typical museum structure, this one is built into the side of hill, and much of it is underground. A contemporary version of a traditional Native American dwelling, this beautiful building features Native American (mostly the Sioux tribes) and pioneer exhibits, with many rare artifacts tracing the history of South Dakota.
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Smithsonian Quality in Pierre South Dakota”

My son and I thoroughly enjoyed the Cultural Heritage Center. The quality of the exhibits and the knowledgeable staff easily compare to visiting the Smithsonian Museums in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 23, 2015
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alexandria, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

My son and I thoroughly enjoyed the Cultural Heritage Center. The quality of the exhibits and the knowledgeable staff easily compare to visiting the Smithsonian Museums in Washington, DC. We truly learned about the people that settled the area and the Indian history. Definitely a must see if you are in Pierre! http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g54760-d277928-r211131371-South_Dakota_Discovery_Center-Pierre_South_Dakota.html#

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

Admission is only 4 dollars. Museum is the same as cultural heritage center. I learned a lot from this visit. I would recommend everybody to go there.

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germantown, md
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015 NEW

The Center's exhibit tracks history from prehistoric times, and does a very good job of it. The exhibits of Native American memorabilia and battles, buffalo, early white settlers, sod houses, gold mining, the iron horse, all are very well presented. If you're in Pierre, you really should set aside a couple of hours for this attraction. It will be well... More 

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Hampton, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

This museum is outstanding! It's collection of Plains Indian artifacts is not to be missed. I think it is of equal quality with the Smithsonian and Field Museum exhibits. Also of great interest are the exhibits on early pioneer life. There is a soddy replica. This museum is also very kid-friendly and the staff is very friendly and helpful. I... More 

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Kate V, Museum Staff at Cultural Heritage Center, responded to this review

Thank you so very much for your kind words. It is a pleasure to know that you truly enjoyed exploring our Oyate Tawicoh'an Gallery. We are pleased to hear that you would rank our exhibitions with the likes of the Smithsonian and Field Museums. Thank you! We appreciate hearing that our front desk staff was friendly and our prices were... More 

Cambridge, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

If you want to get a well-rounded exposure of the history of South Dakota, this is the place to go. Has a great view of the capitol.

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Kate V, Museum Staff at Cultural Heritage Center, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. We are glad that our exhibits provided a good overview of South Dakota’s history. We are also pleased to hear that you made your way up to the Observation Gallery. It is an incredible view of our beautiful State Capitol, isn’t it? Thank you for sharing your positive experience on... More 

Portland, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

Compliments to the museum staff for the clever layout and exhibit settings. Very well done. Must see if you are in the area. We combined the visit with a guided tour of the nearby capitol building.

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Kate V, Museum Staff at Cultural Heritage Center, responded to this review

We appreciate your kind remarks on the Museum exhibits and layout of the Cultural Heritage Center galleries. Glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit to Pierre and had an opportunity to take in a tour of our beautiful State Capitol. Thank you for visiting the Cultural Heritage Center and sharing your positive experience on tripadvisor.com. We look forward to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Me & my husband enjoyed our visit, walking through history. Amazing view of Pierre on sunny day from the viewing point..

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Kate V, Museum Staff at Cultural Heritage Center, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the Cultural Heritage Center. Glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit. Sounds like you both had a wonderful view of the landscape from the Observation Gallery. Thank you for sharing your positive experience on tripadvisor.com. We look forward to seeing you again. More 

Jamestown, North Dakota, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

I'm sure the place is great from all the other ratings but I showed up before they opened and didn't have the ability to stick around as a blizzard was forcecast for area and I needed to get south. Maybe next time. No fault of theirs

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Kate V, Museum Staff at Cultural Heritage Center, responded to this review

We are sorry to hear that the weather foiled your visit to the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. We certainly hope that you try to visit again soon. We look forward to seeing you and wish you happy travels and sunshine! More 

Rapid City, South Dakota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015 via mobile

Recently visited Pierre for a sporting event. Our first time traveling over the Missouri River. We LOvED this museum. Very informative. I have spent more than a normal amount of time within Deadwood History's Museums and I must admit this museum reminded me much of The Days of 76. I found the Lewis and Clark info fascinating. Child and I... More 

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Kate V, Museum Staff at Cultural Heritage Center, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. We are glad that you “loved” the museum! Glad to hear that the Cultural Heritage Center reminded you of the Days of 76 Museum. South Dakotans are so lucky to have a variety of great museums throughout our state. We are glad you made your way up to the Observation... More 

South Dakota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

this was surprising full of great exhibits for adults and kids would recommend it and reasonably priced. We had a hard time finding it need more street signs to it.

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Kate V, Museum Staff at Cultural Heritage Center, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. We are glad that you enjoyed the exhibits and found them suitable for both kids and adults. We are also pleased to hear that our admission rates are reasonable. Thank you also for letting us know it was a challenge to find our building. We are always working to make... More 

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Address: 900 Governors Drive, Pierre, SD 57501
Phone Number: 605-773-3458
Location: United States  >  South Dakota (SD)  >  Pierre

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