South Dakota Art Museum
South Dakota Art Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Open daily with engaging permanent collections and travelling exhibitions, family friendly art activities and Museum Store shopping. Explore exhibits from the world's largest collections of Harvey Dunn, Paul Goble's American Indian story illustrations, and Marghab Linens. The permanent collection is particularly noted for its strong representation of South Dakota and regional art, historical and contemporary American Indian art, and fine art prints. The Museum Store features jewelry, original art, prints, pottery, beads, scarves and more from all over the world as well as a large selection of regional history books, gift books and children's book and educational toys! Shop at the museum and online. Admission is free! Parking is free - just west of the museum on Harvey Dunn Street. See for yourself why the American Art Awards named this one of the 20 best art museums in the US and best in SD.
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1-2 hours
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907blaked
Tampa, FL1,335 contributions
Mar 2022 • Family
We came here particularly for the Marghab/Madeira linen collection. The pieces on display were beautiful, but we were disappointed that they didn’t have more on display. It was only 1 small room with probably 50 things on display – and yet they boast that their collection exceeds 2,800 pieces. They could easily have drawers in their display cabinets that open to allow display of at least a few hundred more pieces. It’s amazing that if this is the main museum in the country that has Marghab linens, that the displayed collection is so limited. Apart from the Marghab, the other 3 or 4 exhibits were fine. We particularly enjoyed the Harvey Dunn artwork exhibit. We spent about 45 minutes here.
Written March 20, 2022
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grannie08
Brookings6 contributions
May 2014 • Solo
This lovely building houses much beautiful and varied,art. and has no charge admittance. also has a lovely gift shop . they change displays often and have a permanent display of Harvey Dunne art that shows much of what the early plains days were llike.
Written July 1, 2014
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Scott H
Welch, MN17 contributions
Aug 2013
We quite enjoyed the exhibits. And we liked that we were able to see all of them in an hour or so (within the kids' attention span). The gift shop has a very interesting selection of books and of art or related items.
Written August 14, 2013
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jer b
Bristol, CT1,855 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
Some might think this art museum is small (especially when compared to the MIA in Minnesota), but it is filled with treasures. And it is doable. You can take your time and savor each painting or object of art. When we were there, they were having an appreciation breakfast for the staff of volunteers at the museum. An incredibly nice woman invited us in and invited us to share in the beverages and food being served. We strolled through the museum and were impressed by the beauty of the works displayed. Harvey Dunn's painting celebrated the lives of homesteaders with poignant charm. Beautifully executed work. His most poignant work to me was a painting of a battle field in WWI. It takes the viewer by surprise as the true meaning of painting appears through the soft fogginess of the painting and hits home. Paul Goble's illustrations for his books were stunning. The museum has an incredible collection of his work. HIs appreciation for Native Peoples and their culture is evident in each of his beautiful works. I really loved the fiber art work of Marjolein Dallinga. They are whimsical, wet felted sculptures. Also very impressive are the Marghab Linens, which were examples of some of the finest embroidery work we have ever seen. The museum has rest rooms in the basement and a fabulous gift shop. You can get a parking pass from the front desk that allows you to park close to the President's home. We will fondly remember the kindness we were shown during our visit. This is a definite must do on a visit anywhere close to Brookings. It is a real treasure.
Written June 22, 2019
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Thanks so much for your thorough and kind review! We so enjoy sharing South Dakota Art Museum with visitors, especially ones like you who take the time to "savor" the variety of works we have on display and appreciate their uniqueness and variety. Do come back as often as your travels allow; with 15-17 new exhibitions each year we'll have wonderful new things to share with you. And thanks for mentioning parking. Our reserved lot is just west of the museum on Harvey Dunn St. past the President's home. You don't need a parking pass when you part there as long as you check in at our front desk when you arrive. Thanks again and happy travels.
Written June 24, 2019
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DakotaGirl18
South Dakota74 contributions
Sep 2018 • Family
We really enjoyed the Harvey Dunn exhibit as well as the other exhibits. The museum is small enough that it held the interest of my young children while still providing a good variety. My little art lovers are asking to go back to see what might be new.
Written March 20, 2019
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We're glad you and your children enjoyed your visit. Come back again - there are always new things to see and do!
Written March 22, 2019
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KentNewLondonMN
Minnesota Lake, MN41 contributions
Sep 2016 • Business
If you're a fan of SD native Harvey Dunn, don't miss this stop. Very nice art museum with a terrific gift shop and pleasant and helpful staff.
Written October 1, 2016
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Gmh605
Lansing, MI9 contributions
May 2016
Large collection of paintings from Harvey Dunn, a wonderful illustrator from the early 20th century. periodic exhibits of contemporary, sometimes challenging, art works. progressive gift shop. if you are visiting Brookings, do yourself a favor and spend an hour or so at SDAM.
Written July 31, 2016
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jmoneybro
Brookings, SD7 contributions
Feb 2016
This place is a good time and a wonderful place to see good art from Traveling exhibits as well as a great collect of Harvey Dunn paintings. The gift shop also has great items for souvenirs.
Written June 1, 2016
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Joel P
Huron, SD18 contributions
May 2016 • Family
During a rainy Saturday we spent a little time in the museum, there were many interesting pieces to view covering a wide range of artists. While not a huge collection, there was enough to keep us interested for about an hour.
Written May 29, 2016
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819jenniferh
Washington DC, DC37 contributions
Apr 2016 • Solo
I couldn't have been more impressed with the SD Art Museum. From iconic works from the permanent collection, to a massive felt installation, to fine embroidery to fairly edgy work by young artists, this museum far exceeded my expectations. The gift shop was nice, and the staff was kind enough to post several postcards for me. I'll look forward to keeping up with their exhibition offerings and certainly plan to return.
Written May 2, 2016
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