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Old Courthouse Museum

6th & Main St, Sioux Falls, SD
605 367 4210
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Ranked #5 of 28 Attractions in Sioux Falls
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums
Description: Beautifully restored 1800s quartzite building has three floors of regional history exhibits.
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Blaine, Minnesota, USA
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63 reviews 63 reviews
9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This was a very informative museum. It's not a huge museum, it took us about an hour. I've always heard Native Americans never wasted any of the buffalo. It was fascinating learning about how different parts were used. They must rotate displays as I didn't see any bicycle [see posted pictures] but there was a wonderful display of assorted chairs.

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Greenwich
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

A stop on the Sioux Falls Transit Trolley, this is a MUST !! Local and State history is abundant here, with many artifacts and helpful descriptions. In its time, this building was the biggest courthouse between Chicago and Denver. Now it's a GEM of a museum.

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

They don't build them like this anymore. Turning this Old Courthouse into a Museum is wonderful. There is a lot of History in this old building. It is free, but please leave a donation to help preserve this work of art.

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Ethridge, Tennessee
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52 reviews 52 reviews
6 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

This is a wonderful place to visit has free access only take donations if you like. There are some excellent exhibits of varying things, such as chairs through history, showing the likes of the Dental Chair for 1900, also Indian items, buffalo.

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Nebraska
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102 reviews 102 reviews
14 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Beautiful old courthouse building that has been preserved. Free admission. Interesting exhibits. Really enjoyed the exhibits with the builders of Sioux Falls and the different types of architecture. The old room that was the court room and gallery were also nice.

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Plymouth, Massachusetts
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86 reviews 86 reviews
27 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

This was an amazing structure & interior. Great exhibits. Very easy & pleasant. A lot of history, and we all enjoyed what we saw & read. Easy, easy.

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Loris, South Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

The courthouse has been well preserved and is still being restored in a few areas. Very informative of the southeast area of South Dakota giving in site into the rich history of not only the early settlers but the Native Americans who first inhabited it. There is no admission and parking is free which sweetens the visit even more.

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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This was a great museum. We took elevator to top floor and walked down. They would not let us carry our Starbucks into museum but let us leave them at front desk. Amazing building with great murals and displays. Some interactive videos. It shows a great synopsis of the history of the town and buildings it it. Free admission but... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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97 reviews 97 reviews
30 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

The price is right - free - and the collections inside are varied. There's an exhibit of chairs from different eras (including a scary-looking dentist's chair from the early 1900s), an old car, beautiful murals,stained glass and regional history exhibits.

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Paw Paw, Michigan
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

We attended a wedding reception here and everything was beautifully laid out. What a great old building. The massive staircase to the second floor was very impressive.

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