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Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village

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Address: 3200 Indian Village Road, Mitchell, SD 57301
Phone Number: 16059965473
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8:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Mon - Sat 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village is the only archaeological site in...

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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Unique site and museum -- GO if you have any interest of Indian history!

Familiar with a number of Indian sites in America, I find this one unique in its ongoing "dig" of the site's prehistoric village dating back to 1000 yrs ago. Relevant exhibits of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Familiar with a number of Indian sites in America, I find this one unique in its ongoing "dig" of the site's prehistoric village dating back to 1000 yrs ago. Relevant exhibits of dwelling structures are exceptional. If you have more than casual interest in Indian history, don't miss visiting this small but superb site. If you have LESS than a... More 

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Palm Beach, Florida, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

If you are interested in knowing how Indian people lived and farmed 1000 years ago, this open archaeological dig is just for you. The museum with a re-creation of a sod house was very well done, as was the museum exhibits and video. We also took a guided tour of the dig and happened to see Dr. Hanna working there... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We took a tour here with our 7 & 11 year old sons. They enjoyed the movie & seeing the dig site. It was raining so it was a great activity to do since it's indoors except for the kid's dig area. Tour lady was helpful and engaging with our boys.

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had no idea that there was an active archeological site so close to Mitchell. You were able to ask questions and have them answered by very knowledgeable people, such as Hanna inside of the dig area.

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Cynthia G, Executive Director at Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review! Did you know that the U.S. Department of the Interior considers our site to be one of the most important archaeological sites in the Northern Plains? More 

Rosemount, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

the tour guide was phenomenal and super knowledgeable. he offered us a guided tour of the museum that was very interesting. he was engaging with both adults and my seven-year-old. the site was fascinating and my kid loved the kids dig and the opportunity to receive an arrowhead. highly recommend a stop here. great way to end our vacation before... More 

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Cynthia G, Executive Director at Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, responded to this review

We're so glad you had a great time! The Kids Dig is extremely popular with children! Hope you come back again someday. More 

Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went to watch the excavation this summer and have also been there when there isn't an excavation being conducted. The visitor center and gift shop are great for all ages. Staff is friendly and knowledgeable.

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Cynthia G, Executive Director at Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, responded to this review

We love it when our visitors are from South Dakota! And - we are so happy that you enjoy visiting our site so much that you come back! Next time you visit, be sure and say hi! Thanks! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

you learn how they lived 1000 years ago the tools they used the houses they built and how the families all lived together grand and great grandparents father mother and children in one building sharing in everything together.. Also had building of where they are excavating the village students are taking part in this part of there schooling.

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Cynthia G, Executive Director at Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, responded to this review

Thank you for the review. We are happy that you enjoyed your visit and hope that you return again someday! Happy travels...! More 

Aurora
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The archelocigal dig site was amazing! We were there just a few days after a major find of a bison spine and pelvis. While we were on our tour they found a bison jaw! We watched them dig ever so gently. We also watched them washing items that had been uncovered and seen the joy on their face when someone... More 

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Cynthia G, Executive Director at Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, responded to this review

You came to our site during one of the most exciting digs we have ever had! How lucky for you! Thank you for the review and we hope that you return some day soon to see the new finds and experience the excitement again! More 

Greater Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We were able to take the tour. The tour guide was very informative and interesting! Definately worth stopping! The Mandan home was fascinating and provided lots of food for thought around the lives of the Mandan people.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

Very interesting, hands on items and learning. Very child friendly! I have been to a few museums and this is one I would go back to! Want a fun day,something new and educational?? GO HERE!! Reasonable admittance price and military/active or veteran and senior discounts for sure.

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