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“Amazing to see with your own eyes!!!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Corn Palace

Corn Palace
601 N. Main, Mitchell, SD 57301
(605) 995-8427
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Ranked #3 of 9 things to do in Mitchell
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Owner description: This ornate auditorium has served as a meeting place and performing venue for more than 75 years.
Newark,Delaware
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“Amazing to see with your own eyes!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

This is really a special place. It's hard to believe they have redone the corn artwork every year. I'm so glad we stopped and got to see it. Please make the stop if you can, it's really worth it and it's free!

Visited May 2013
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Basel, Switzerland
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“We took the detour too”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

Just not worthwhile visiting one of these tourist traps that one should avoid. There are better places in this country that would deserve more attention.

Visited May 2013
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“Perpetration”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

I love a crass tourist attraction like most people, but this was a disappointment.

We kept seeing signs for "world's only corn palace", "the EAR-chitecture is amazing"....silly stuff like that. Being the curious people that we are, we took a detour and drove to the place.

First of all, it is not anywhere close to the highway. You have to go through town to find it. Second, and most important, it is a frickin' convention center. That's right, it is a convention center/ exhibit hall!

I screamed PERPETRATION as soon as I realized it is just a convention center whose walls are decorated with corn (not all walls, just the front). I felt bamboozled and we decided to turn around instantly. But, something said we should go inside and look.

So, we parked on the street and went in. More perpetration. Little dollar stores selling crap. I have no intentions of buying air brushed t-shirts or souvenirs with a picture of the corn palace.

Overall, it is the same tourist trap as Wall drug. Totally lame.

Visited August 2012
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Presho, South Dakota
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“Unique & Artistic”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Everyone should see the Corn Palace at least once. It is unlike anything else except maybe the Kremlin. A little bit of Russia in South Dakota?
Take a few moments to really look at the outside of the palace. It truly is an artistic endeavor even if it is made out of corn. It tells a story which changes yearly.
If like me, when you travel, you enjoy tourist shops, the Palace is surrounded by them plus there are souvenirs in the Palace too.
Big name entertainment is often featured at the Palace. I have fond memories of many shows.
It doesn't take long to tour the Corn Palace and you probably need a break on the way to Mt. Rushmore so make a stop.

Visited March 2013
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“Corn Palace: Mitchell's Gymnasium”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

Why the low rating? Well, as neat looking as it is and despite the yearly changes to the impressive murals, in the end- it's just a gymnasium that even the locals seem to hate. It ended up being just another tourist trap. From the moment you walk in, all you smell and see is corn. I get that it's generally made of corn, but they are very in-your-face about it. All around you is pictures of corn, puns on corn, ceramics made to look like corn, and well.... corn. As if it wasn't overwhelming with corn, there's a gift shop inside that sells anything with "Corn Palace, Mitchell, South Dakota" or just "corn" items. The whole thing got boring in just a matter of minutes.

The impact was even worse when talking to some locals who said they hated the place and that it's "just a gymnasium where they have basketball games and graduation at". They expressed annoyance of mentioning it, and went on to explain that many locals don't even go downtown by it unless they have to. After looking inside, they were right. Just a gymnasium decorated with corn murals. It's really all it is. Such a let down.

Visited May 2013
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