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Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village

3200 Indian Village Road, Mitchell, SD 57301
+1 605-996-5473
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Very Educational

Made at stop on our way through Michell, and was glad we did. We went through all the exhibits at... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Ben M
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Ashland, KY, United States
Interesting and educational

This was so interesting and educational. The tour guides were well versed and informed and... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
pahl2017
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Mitchell, South Dakota
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The Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village is the only archaeological site in South Dakota open to the public. It is a 1,000 year-old village located on the shores of lovely Lake Mitchell. Each summer students from the University of Exeter, England and Augustana University, Sioux Falls continue the excavation of the site. Tours are given every day during the summer months by knowledgeable guides. Plenty of activities for all ages. Visit the museum, the dig site (located in the Archeodome) and Shoppe Antiquary (a gift shop featuring Native American jewelry, pottery, art and more). Our biggest event of the year is Archeology Awareness Days, held on July 2nd and 3rd, 2016. Open Monday thru Saturday 8:00am - 7:00 pm beginning Memorial Day weekend; open Sundays 10:00am to 6:00pm. Open the rest of the year 9:00am - 6:00pm.
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“dig site” (36 reviews)
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Hours Today: 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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3200 Indian Village Road, Mitchell, SD 57301
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+1 605-996-5473
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Reviewed yesterday

Made at stop on our way through Michell, and was glad we did. We went through all the exhibits at our own pace, and then watched the dig, inside the pavilion. It was a great way to stop for awhile, and learn from knowledgeable tour...More

Thank Ben M
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This was so interesting and educational. The tour guides were well versed and informed and answered all questions. Well worth the time.

Thank pahl2017
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I was an educational stop that was also very interesting and informative. It was well worth the visit.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The place is right next to Lake Mitchell which is a beautiful location. In the first entrance building there is a gift shop, many findings from the site and a large structure used by the Indians as their home. You can't imagine how they actually...More

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Cynthia G, Executive Director at Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We are so happy that you enjoyed yourself! We always want folks to know that Native American history begins long before 1492! Everyone of us here at the Village love what we do and love working here and I think that it shows! We hope...More

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Reviewed April 1, 2018 via mobile

We love to share this gem with visitors. Wether family or tourists we've just met, we tell them to be sure and visit the Prehistoric Indian Village. They show the details of housing, crops and daily life of the native Americans who lived in that...More

Thank mitswan
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Cynthia G, Executive Director at Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thank you for the nice review. We apologize for the late response - we've been so busy with school tours - more than 1,000 school children have visited us since the beginning of March! Our summer dig takes place from June 12 to July 11...More

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Reviewed December 1, 2017

It's had an uplift.The curator of the place has managed to pull together the place in a redesign of the first building the houses the admin areas and gift area. She's added activities for the kids to enjoy so that this is a more hands...More

Thank Donna P
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Cynthia G, Executive Director at Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thank you for such an awesome review! Our museum takes a team to do all the things we do and we are so happy that you like us! We do apologize for the late response - it's been a busy winter and we've had more...More

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Reviewed November 18, 2017

We stopped by expecting to see more of a village, but mainly this place is a covered dig for artifacts. Interesting, but a bit disappointing to us. There was nothing going on when we were there, just static exhibits, which were worth reading the information...More

Thank Lipadad
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Cynthia G, Executive Director at Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, responded to this reviewResponded November 29, 2017

Thank you for your review. We're not sure when you visited us, but if you were here in the fall months, we agree, it can be quiet. Summer time is when our dig takes place. And, we are not a recreation of a village like...More

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Reviewed October 3, 2017 via mobile

This is a very good stop for anyone interested in early native Americans and their plains lifestyle. Our guide, Dennis, was excellent and very informative.More

Thank Lori D
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Cynthia G, Executive Director at Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, responded to this reviewResponded October 9, 2017

Thank you for your nice review. We agree, Dennis is excellent! We are so fortunate to have Dennis here. He is a retired school teacher (most visitors get that) and is priceless to the Village. Thank you for visiting and we hope that you come...More

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Reviewed September 19, 2017

We were surprised by the detail of the museum and the archedome and the research presented. Dennis, our tour guide, was fabulous!! I knew he had to have been a teacher in his past and discovered that I was right...A great video, tour of the...More

Thank Kathy L
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Cynthia G, Executive Director at Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, responded to this reviewResponded September 22, 2017

Thank you for the great review. Dennis IS a terrific guide - you should see how schoolchildren react when he is guiding school tours - they cling to every word he says! We treasure Dennis, our longest serving guide, and we hope that he can...More

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Reviewed September 4, 2017

I grew up in Huron and have traveled through Mitchell my whole life, and have never stopped here. It's a great educational attraction that showcases the history of this area. It's not expensive to attend, and there is a lot of information. The people who...More

Thank LauriH44
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Cynthia G, Executive Director at Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, responded to this reviewResponded September 6, 2017

Thank you for the great review. It means so much to us when locals visit and then do as you have done! We are so much more than just a museum - we offer special events throughout the year! Just check our website or Facebook...More

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Christina H
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Response from Cynthia G | Property representative |
Yes, we are handicapped accessible! We also have a wheelchair available for those who may need it.
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