Pioneer Auto Museum

Pioneer Auto Museum, Murdo: Hours, Address, Pioneer Auto Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Pioneer Auto Museum
4.5
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7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Established in 1954, and known as “The Big Variety Show,” the Pioneer Auto Show and Prairie Town in Murdo, South Dakota, provides families a trip through the history of 20th century America with its more than 250 classic cars, motorcycles, tractors and bicycles.Prairie Town continues the adventure; offering visitors a rendezvous with the past via self-guided tours through early renditions of a Midwestern, turn of the century town, complete with depot, bank, and school.
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Greg S
Champaign, IL144 contributions
Jul 2020 • Couples
I have been to lots and lots of car museums over the years, but this one was among the most unique. It’s the biggest conglomeration of randomness I think I have ever seen. They have some cool stuff (and some junk), but there is hardly any truly organized displaying in the place.

The museum is spread out in over ten buildings, some small, some larger and most of the buildings have a theme, well kinda. It almost feels like someone just bought random stuff (not just cars) and just started putting them in buildings. Some of the cars were museum-worthy, many of them were barn-worthy, and a few were probably pasture-worthy. It was quite a collection to say the least. It’s worth a stop if you wanted to get out of the car and take a driving break for an hour or so. Certainly not a destination stop by any means, but it a nice diversion from the highway for a while.
Written September 13, 2020
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Eric S
Sioux City, IA37 contributions
Jul 2020
The double headed car and the Elvis motorcycle are not there anymore because they sold them but otherwise we had a nice visit. My son (19 years old) got to play a table top arcade game ( Galaxia ) and he thought that was cool because he had never seen one before that was working and he could actually put a quarter in an play. It did cost us $48 for the 4 of us to get in, should have been about $35 at most but otherwise, we were happy we stopped and if you are a car fan, you will be to. They also have a nice gift shop where you can get some retro car memorabilia like shop signs.
Written July 21, 2020
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Geri A
Black River Falls, WI2 contributions
Oct 2015 • Couples
Traveling across the county, my husband and I stumbled across this wonderful Musem! If you are in the area, I suggest you stop in! Vivian and Dave will be more than happy to assist you and they are such charming people. If you like cars this is the place for you! I hope you enjoy it as much as we did :)
Written November 23, 2015
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ccmmkk
Minneapolis, MN3 contributions
We love classic cars, and were excited to see the 275 cars advertised. What we found was a jumbled collection of uncared-for, hodgepodge antiques and shabby mannequins stuffed everywhere throughout multiple buildings in no logical order. You feel like you're walking through someone's garage where they've been hoarding junk for a century. Some displays were downright creepy (the singing Elvis mannequin in the glass case, the two-headed stuffed calf, the woodcarving diorama of Boot Hill, the disintegrating stuffed Minnie Mouse in the glass case, the singing gnomes in the glass case). The Gem room has visable mold growing on the ceiling tiles. In the china and glassware cases, a beautiful creamer has tipped over, and been that way so long dust has accumulated on it. There were original 1912 letters in a glass case with inch-thick dust on them. It's obvious no one takes care of these artifacts. The cars were in no order whatsoever, and were shown in dimly lit pole barms with plastic strips (like a car wash) hanging from the doors. While there were some beautiful cars, most appeared neglected (dirty, dusty, flat tires). A row of cars sits open-air under a tin roof. The lettering on their description signs is so faded they're illegible, and the cars are rusting and deteriorating from sitting outside. Most of the cars are in unrestored condition. Overall, it appears this place opened in 1954 and no one has cleaned or done anything to it since. A very disappointing, sad experience.
Written August 2, 2010
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Rockolamamma
Cleveland, OH382 contributions
Our family stopped in late July on the way to the Black Hills. There was a coupon in the Black Hills discount book that gave 2 kids free admission, so the price was more reasonable. (and then a coupon on the internet gave the rest of us $1.00 off.

It was much larger than we anticipated. We spent 2 hours.
It kept my car-guy husband occupied and entertained. There were many different buildings geared to different eras and different models --even tractors!
It was a self-guided tour with audio push-buttons in each section.

The kids were also entertained for 2 hours! There was a scavenger hunt for them to work on. They walked through all the exhibits looking for their clues.
The town was very 'hands on', which the kids loved. They locked themselves in jail, pretended to work on a train car and became members of this old-time city! They enjoyed it better that a stuffy museum of glass-encased artifacts.

This is a very large collection and I don't think that they have the time to dust it all because it is not a big business. But there is a lot to look at and I think it is worth a stop if you like cars or old-time collections.
Written August 17, 2009
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wrldpeac
Blue Springs, MO103 contributions
My husband and I stopped on our way home from the Black Hills area to get a break from the car and were actually impressed. We took the self-guided tour through a variety of cars and tractors housed in over 30 different buildings. The collection is quite extensive! There were also numerous antiques on display.

Pros: Large variety; great break from the car; Extremely friendly staff.
Cons: Little Dusty and needs some building maintenance

Overall, I would recommend it to others that like cars and a little nostalgia that won't get hung up on cleanliness and a pristine environment.
Written August 21, 2009
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CEARRS
Eau Claire, WI12 contributions
There's a lot of stuff there but largely forgettable--originated in the 50s and hasn't been dusted since! Kind of a mess. Just get the impression they don't care too much, just pay your fee and go on. Lotsa flies in the diner. We'd tell our friends to skip it.....
Written September 6, 2008
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Mike A
Maple Valley, WA100 contributions
This is not a collection. .. its a hoarders nightmare!
These cars are shoved into barns then left to rot! They were running then just parked. Most have flat tires and are leaning against barn walls or the car next to it never to run again.
There is also no rhyme or reason, you may have a 1926 Rolls Royce sitting next to a 1971 Nova?
Cat paw prints everywhere and hornets buzzing around.
This place needs to be shut down and these cars given to loving homes.
There is everything here from washing machines to Conastoga wagons piled onto each other.
Written September 25, 2014
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rileypickles
Strongsville, OH278 contributions
May 2017
This. Is. A place. That. Has cars. In various. Stages. Of condition There. Are. Tractors. All kinds. Of. Antitque and. Old. Items. A old. Town. Lots. To. See. But. Not. Very. Well kept
Written May 29, 2017
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Viviana S
New York City, NY399 contributions
Aug 2019 • Couples
We stopped there for fun since we spotted a billboard on our trip. We were not disappointed! There’s a bit of everything for everyone. It’s a nostalgia shop literally and super well done and kept. Personnel is extremely friendly and happy to answer all your questions. Love the concept and I totally recommend visiting but in a sunny day for more enjoyment! A must stop!
Written August 30, 2019
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