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Cultural Heritage Center

Address: 900 Governors Drive, Pierre, SD 57501
Phone Number: 605-773-3458
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Ranked #1 of 10 Attractions in Pierre
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Cultural
Owner description: Not your typical museum structure, this one is built into the side of hill, and much of it is...
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Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Cultural
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.

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Bedworth, England, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

We spent a lovely afternoon in here. As its built into the side of a bluff, it was nice and cool, in contrast to the heat outside. Fascinating display of native American and settlers artifacts right up to recent times. Excellent gift shop too.

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Manassas, Virginia
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106 reviews 106 reviews
32 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Nice museum, nice displays of South Dakota history. We enjoyed our time here. Building is in the side of a hill. Very friendly staff!

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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 to hear that you enjoyed the museum and that our staff was friendly. Thank you for sharing your positive experience on tripadvisor.com. We look forward to seeing you again. More 

Saint Cloud, Minnesota
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Well kept, Great exhibits... Staff was more than helpful We definitely would go again when next back in Pierre

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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 to hear that you enjoyed the museum and that our staff was helpful. The gallery exhibits are always changing, so there should be new things to see on your next visit to Pierre! Thank you for sharing your positive experience on tripadvisor.com. We look forward to your... More 

Michigan
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Well laid out and lots of interesting information. Not being from the area, we learned lots of early South Dakota history. We had a little trouble finding this, but that might have been the fault of our GPS.

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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 to hear that you found the museum easy to get around in and the artifacts and information in the galleries interesting. We are especially pleased when out-of-state guests have a good learning experience. Thank you also for letting us know it was a challenge to find our... More 

denver
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25 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

The place is not huge, but it is well stocked with many historical items on SD. It is worth the stop and filled in a rainy afternoon. The view from the observation deck is great. There are exhibits for young to old.

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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 so glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit and found the museum artifacts and exhibits interesting for all visitors. Thank you for making the trip up to the museum’s Observation Gallery. Glad to hear it was a good view, even on a rainy day! Thank you for... More 

INDEPENDENCE
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

State-of-the art series of galleries tracing the history of South Dakota from the Native Americans into the 21st century. Lots of hands-on exhibits, videos, staged re-creations. Highlights -- an ancient Prayer Rock, the Verendrye Plate (buried in SD circa 1742 by French explorers, believed to be the first Europeans to cross the Great Plains), the Deadwood Stagecoach, the Sioux Horse... 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 so glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit and found the museum “well worth” the trip. We are pleased that you enjoyed the museum artifacts and walk-through dioramas and found the entrance fees reasonable. Thank you for sharing your positive experience on tripadvisor.com. We hope you visit... More 

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68 reviews 68 reviews
21 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Great description of the history of the Dakotas from ancient peoples, through the plains Indians, to the settlement by Europeans. There was a good description of the geology and formation of the Dakota region at the cultural center. It explains the landscape we've seen to date and what we should see as we move into the Western regions of South... 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 happy to hear that you found the depictions of South Dakota’s history interesting. Thank you for visiting the new exhibit, “South Dakota Environments: A Window to Past Times.” We are pleased that you enjoyed the exhibit. Thank you for sharing your positive experience on tripadvisor.com. We hope you... More 

Platteville, WI
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

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
39 helpful votes 39 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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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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 

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