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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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Hours:
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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Janice D
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Aurora
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Aurora
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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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Greater Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 4 days ago NEW

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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Parkston, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It's a cool place to take visitors with lots of information about people from a LONG time ago. This is truly prehistoric and interesting.

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

Thanks for the great review! Please come back and visit us soon, we've made many changes in our museum. You may consider becoming a member, too! More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Great place to visit and learn. Museum is small yet full of interesting facts. Loved the reconstructed home inside the museum. The dig is huge. Nice gift shop and beautiful grounds. All ages will enjoy.

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

Thank you for your nice review. We love our reconstructed lodge home, too! We glad you had a good time and hope you return again someday to see what new artifacts we've found! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This is such an interesting stop. If your interested in history, particularly archeology, this is a must stop. Its made up of two buildings one has some artifacts, a gift shop and an informative tour guide. The second building is a live dig site with several artifacts you can handle. The students had just left the previous week, but it... More 

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

Thanks for stopping by! We're so glad that you enjoyed your visit and hope that you can visit again! More 

Littleton, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I kind of expected this to be a bit hokey, but it was really interesting and well presented. Older guy who guided us at the beginning knew his stuff, and the excavation that followed (up the hill) was fascinating. It would have been cool to see some of the archeologists and their helpers work. I believe they let students and... More 

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

Hokey we are not! We are a research center and a museum, we take our work here very seriously, even while giving entertaining tours! We have a Boy Scout Merit Badge program for the archaeology badge - one of the most difficult badges to get - where the scouts can, under the supervision of an archaeologist, do some work at... More 

Honolulu, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

About a century ago someone noticed there were unusual depressions in this area and invited an archaeologist to come and take a look. Turns out a thousand years ago the ancestors of the Mandan tribe once lived on the banks of Lake Mitchell which didn't exist at that time as it is a manmade lake. An air conditioned building was... More 

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

Thank you! Great photo of our dig site. We're glad you enjoyed visiting - come back again to see the new finds next year... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

very interesting and informative.Prehistoric Indian village archeological site.Artifacts and descriptions of their way of life.

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

Thank you for the review. We're happy that you stopped by and visited our site. Happy travels! More 

Healdsburg, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice museum for Mandan Indian history. Easy to get to in Mitchell, nice visit. Nice gift shop and pleasant staff.

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