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Cultural Heritage Center

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Address: 900 Governors Dr, Pierre, SD 57501-2200
Phone Number: 605-773-3458
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Not your typical museum structure, this one is built into the side of hill,...

Not your typical museum structure, this one is built into the side of hill, and much of it is underground. A contemporary version of a traditional Native American dwelling, this beautiful building features Native American (mostly the Sioux tribes) and pioneer exhibits, with many rare artifacts tracing the history of South Dakota.

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This was a 3+ hour visit for us which is more than we would normally devote. Really well done. The historians were serving cookies as it was free day for every one as they were... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
John W
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This was a 3+ hour visit for us which is more than we would normally devote. Really well done. The historians were serving cookies as it was free day for every one as they were linked to the Smithsonian which I guess also hosted an open house in DC. Local artist were displaying as well as a Lakota gentleman who... More 

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Jay S, Manager at Cultural Heritage Center, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind review. We, too, had an enjoyable day during our Tribal Arts Event that was held on the Smithsonian's "Museum Day Live!" event. As an Affiliate it is always our honor to work in conjunction with the nation's museum. Thank you very much for sharing this special day with us, and to others, please... More 

Papillion, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Outstanding museum! Much better than anticipated. Well worth your time and effort to visit. Disclaimer: I am not associated with this organization and posted this review on my own.

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Jay S, Manager at Cultural Heritage Center, responded to this review

Charles M: Thank you for your mind words! We are glad that you enjoyed your experience at the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center and we hope that you will come back and visit us again. We change exhibits periodically and we host special events and programs throughout the year. More 

Powder Springs, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a wonderful museum with a great display of Native American life and artistry. A tipi to visit and then stop in a settler's sod house, see an original stage coach move on to gold panning and mining. A few interactive activities for kids. I think the displays will keep them engaged even though many are behind glass.

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Jay S, Manager at Cultural Heritage Center, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments and we are happy that you enjoyed your experience. Please come back and see us again and enjoy one of our programs, special events or a new exhibit! More 

Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2016 via mobile

The center impressed at first sight, as it's literally buried in a hillside. But the exhibits indoors were even better. The center has a good collection of Indian and other artifacts from South Dakota's history, which are arranged chronologically. I was very impressed with how well they were displayed and explained, whether through signs or short videos. The center also... More 

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Jay S, Manager at Cultural Heritage Center, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review. We are happy that you had a great experience and hope that you will come back and see us again in the future. More 

Huntsville, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2016 via mobile

This museum us tucked away on a hillside less then a mile from the capital. I enjoyed the exhibits with a real Native American tent and log cabin from the pioneer days. Then upstairs is a great room about the ice age and how it formed the states unique landscape we see today. It is a must stop if your... More 

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Jay S, Manager at Cultural Heritage Center, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting! Please come back and see us again! More 

Clearwater, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2016

The center tracks the development of the state from Native Americans moving into the region up to recent times in well curated exhibits and interactive displays. The visitor guide clearly shows where hands on, audio, and video exhibits are located. They are about to rotate the Baseball gallery to a different topic, but the other exhibits will remain the same,... More 

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Jay S, Manager at Cultural Heritage Center, responded to this review

We're happy that you had a good experience. Thank you for visiting the Cultural Heritage Center. More 

Rapid City, South Dakota, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2016

This is a Great museum! South Dakota is full of history and this is one of the best places to start your discovery of that history. Been there several times and discover something new each time.

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Kate V, Museum Staff at Cultural Heritage Center, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your positive review of the museum at the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. We are so pleased to hear that enjoyed learning about our state's history. We are glad that you continue to enjoy the galleies on each visit. Thank you again for sharing your visit and experience on tripadvisor. We hope you... More 

Pierre, South Dakota, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016

In about an hour you can get a great overview of the history of South Dakota from the Lakota to today. Some really great native American artifacts. Great family place.

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Kate V, Museum Staff at Cultural Heritage Center, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your positive review of the museum at the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. We are so pleased to hear that you could tour the gallery and get a good look at our state's history. We are glad that you enjoyed our collection of Native American artifacts and that you and your family enjoyed... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016

Wonderful museum that talks about South Dakota History. Great displays. If you have limited time, skip the Capitol tour and visit this one instead.

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Kate V, Museum Staff at Cultural Heritage Center, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your positive review of the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center and Archives. We are so please to hear that you enjoyed learning about South Dakota's history. Thank you again for sharing your visit and experience on tripadvisor. We hope you visit us again soon! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016 via mobile

This turned out to be a very special place for us as we enjoyed the museum part and then conducted research in the archives section. The museum is easy access and great for all ages. We took our time walking around and it was about 2-3 hours to really enjoy it. They had displays and artifacts from the early days... More 

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Kate V, Museum Staff at Cultural Heritage Center, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your positive review of the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center and Archives. We are so please to hear that you fully enjoyed touring the museum galleries. We greatly appreciate that you have shared the synopsis of your visit on tripadvisor! It is wonderful to know that you also visited the State Archives and found the... More 

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