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Address: 1300 McGovern Ave, Mitchell, SD 57301-7901
Phone Number: +1 605-996-2122
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Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Dakota Discovery Museum tells the story of people who came to the Middle...

Dakota Discovery Museum tells the story of people who came to the Middle Border region, the region surrounding the Missouri River, and established themselves and their families. This is the place where East and West met, where Settler and Tribal members interacted, sometimes with positive outcomes, but often with negative results. Dakota Discovery Museum works to illuminate and educate so that the human story is told.

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Dakota Discovery Musuem

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Must see in Mitchell

After making the obligatory (and enjoyable) trip to the Corn Palace, I wanted to dig deeper into the history of the area. I made my way over to the Dakota Discovery Museum which... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
SatchelRay
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Seminole, Florida
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Seminole, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After making the obligatory (and enjoyable) trip to the Corn Palace, I wanted to dig deeper into the history of the area. I made my way over to the Dakota Discovery Museum which I explored in conjunction with the McGovern Legacy Museum which is located just across the street in the McGovern Library on the campus of Dakota Wesleyan University.... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016 via mobile

Stopped here while visiting in the Mitchell area. We were there in the afternoon and at the time was the only visitors. Museum consists of artifacts from the settling times of this area as well as paintings from artists with local ties. Also at this time was clothing worn in the late 1800's to the early 1900's. There are several... More 

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Rod B, General Manager at Dakota Discovery Museum, responded to this review

Richard, thanks so much for stopping by. We appreciate your visit and hope that if you travel this way again in the future, we can again host you in our museum. Best, Rod B. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2016

The indigenous people, explorers, pioneers, artisans.... all the original movers/shakers and their good works await your perusal and enjoyment! And, a most delightful docent named Rod, may enhance your experience with interesting, pertinent, yet obscure bits of knowledge. That's the short and sweet of our Dakota Museum discovery! Shari & George

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Rod B, General Manager at Dakota Discovery Museum, responded to this review

Shari & George: Thanks very much for stopping by. We really appreciate your visit and hope that if you travel this way again, we can have the opportunity to host you for another visit to Dakota Discovery Museum. Best, Rod B. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

What a delightful afternoon. Museum items are displayed in a way visitors can enjoy them. The big yellow Avery Thrashing machine made in Peoria, Illinois was interesting as was the Beckwith home. Also enjoyed the variety of items from Charles Hargens. A great place to stop for the young and the young at heart. Ask the manager of the museum... More 

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Rod B, Manager at Dakota Discovery Museum, responded to this review

Thanks so much for visiting DDM. I am thrilled that you enjoyed the visit. I hope we provided an experience that was valuable to you and those traveling with you. If you have any recommendations about how we can make the experience better, please share them with us and please consider stopping by again in the future. Best, Rod B.,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016 via mobile

So many things to learn about the local area and South Dakota History. Buildings out back and that small town set up fun for photos for all ages. Art to education this is a great stop and with the effort!

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Mitchell, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

The Museum director is polite, professional and a true example of what you would expect of a curator. The artifacts are impressive, the story of the Dakota territory is inspiring and the museum is displayed in awesome landscape with some interactive stations sprinkled throughout. Great place to take older folk, and more mature adults, kids might hate it as most... More 

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Mitchell, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

Fun place to learn about settlers of South Dakota and folks in and around the Mitchell area. Some hands on activities and kid friendly!

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Marco Island, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

If you are getting off the interstate to see the Corn Palace (and you should!), it is a short trip to this small, but charming bit of midwestern history. Exhibits are will prepared. And the McGovern museum (He's the SD Senator who lost to Richard Nixon the 1972 Presidential election) is just across the street.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015 via mobile

First floor Pioneer museum and second floor art gallery. Old church and school photo op. Not really worth it. If your on a time crunch don't bother.

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Merino, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

What a gem of a museum! The grounds of the museum are simply beautiful, with turn of the century Dakota structures that have been brought in for you to walk through. There is a church,schoolhouse, train depot and a beautiful victorian home. The art collection in the main building is truly outstanding, featuring collections from Harvey Dunn, Charles Hargen and... More 

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