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Cultural Heritage Center

900 Governors Drive, Pierre, SD 57501
605-773-3458
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Ranked #1 of 10 attractions in Pierre
Type: History Museums, Historic Sites
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Platteville, WI
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Had lots of things to see and learn but I have been through better. Staff was very friendly and eager to assist and please.

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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 were pleased to hear that you found lots to see and do. We hope that you completed our visitor comment form with advise on how to improve our visitors’ experience in the future. We are glad you found the staff helpful. Thank you for sharing your positive experience on... More

Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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64 reviews 64 reviews
11 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This place will not disappoint. I am a South Dakotan that's traveled a bit and I visit 2x a year on account of the fact that it's that good. Crowds are small, the artifacts are well documented and displayed, the layout is brilliant and the gift shop is full of unique area items (and the barest of tchotchke). It's a... 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 were happy to hear that you are a regular visitor that continues to be satisfied with our gallery exhibits and offerings in the Heritage Store. The Museum staff is working hard to ensure that we have regularly rotating temporary exhibits and exciting things on display for visitors. Hopefully we... More

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Our family of 6, all kids under 10, visited. I never have been to Pierre much less this exhibit. I wish we would have had more time to soak it all in. The exhibit moves on a time-line basis from the beginning with American Indians to the modern. It even includes a cow-milking attraction that is sort of a game,... More

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

Thanks to you and your family for visiting the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. We are glad that you and your children found lots to do and enjoyed the activities. We are especially happy to hear that you “loved it!” Thank you for sharing your positive experience on tripadvisor.com. We certainly hope you visit again soon! More

Bonners Ferry, Idaho
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Nice mixture of past to present art and artifacts. The sod house and tale of white buffalo woman was especially interesting.

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

Thank you for visiting the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. We are pleased that you found a good mix of artifacts and found a few aspects of the galleries especially interesting. Thank you for sharing your positive experience on tripadvisor.com. We certainly hope you visit again soon! More

Olathe, Kansas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

We could have spent all day here. What an incredible museum from prehistoric times to the present day. The 2nd floor has some really fun stuff for kids if they start to get bored.

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

Thank you for making a visit to the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center. We are pleased that you enjoyed your visit. We appreciate your glowing review. It is so good to hear that you ventured up to our Observation Gallery and enjoyed the “South Dakota Environments” exhibit. Thank you for sharing your positive experience on tripadvisor.com. We certainly hope you... More

Leeds, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

A neat place to visit in Pierre. Gives a good account of the State's history. Nice view over the city. Warmly welcomed by the friendly staff. Allow at least an hour to visit.

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

Thank you for making a visit to the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center. We are glad that you enjoyed learning about South Dakota’s history and that ventured up to our Observation Gallery to take in the view of Pierre. We are so pleased that you find the staff friendly and welcoming. Thank you for sharing your positive experience on tripadvisor.com.... More

pierre
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This is really a great facility that gives a good picture of South Dakota History. The view from the second level is one of the best, and least known, in Pierre. A must stop.

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

Thank you for making a visit to the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center. We are glad that you were pleased with the story we tell throughout our Museum’s galleries and are pleased that you ventured up to our Observation Gallery to take in the view of the State Capitol. Thank you for sharing your positive experience on tripadvisor.com. We certainly... More

Agar, South Dakota, United States
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96 reviews 96 reviews
14 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

This is a wonderful experience for children and adults alike. There is great coverage of the history of the state and a multitude of artifacts, however there are also interactive items to keep children involved. From beadwork and traditional dress to religious items to war paraphernalia to a sod house, they cover it all. I'll definitely be going back to... More

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

Thank you for visiting the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center. We are glad to hear that you had such a good experience in the Museum. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the collection of artifacts on display and that you found content so interesting. We hope that you come back soon to spend more time in the galleries.... More

WATERTOWN
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32 reviews 32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2013

We spent several hours here just reading and viewing the displays of the cultural in the area. The volunteers were so very helpful--thanks RSVP. There needs to be better signage--we just drove around in the area we thought it was. Great addition to Pierre.

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

Thank you for visiting the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed spending time looking through the exhibits. It is also nice to hear that you had a good experience with our front desk personnel. We appreciate your comment about signage for the building. We are always working to increase awareness about our Museum... More

Sydney, Australia
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637 reviews 637 reviews
307 attraction reviews
248 helpful votes 248 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

There's interactivity and lots of interesting exhibits. The building itself is interesting with it's green roof and nice aspects. A good place for a few hours of learning.

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

Thank you for visiting the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center. We are glad to hear that you found the gallery exhibits interactive, interesting, and educational. We are pleased that you enjoyed our unique building as well. Thank you for sharing your positive experience on tripadvisor.com. We certainly hope you visit again soon! More

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