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Cultural Heritage Center

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Address: 900 Governors Drive, Pierre, SD 57501
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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Awesome place to visit if near the area!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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 

Jefferson City, Missouri
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

When we entered the Center, we were greeted by friendly staff. We didn't have enough time to do the exhibits justice. The displays were well organized with good background information displayed. There were artifacts, photographs, paintings, and video clips. The buffalo and Native American headdress were so impressive. It isn't simply about the Old West, however. Wars, government, the highway... More 

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

I greatly apologize for the delay in responding to your review. Thank you so much for your review of the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center. We are glad to hear that you found our front desk staff friendly and enjoyed the exhibits. It is very rewarding to know that you found certain aspects of the museum to be "impressive" and... More 

watertown, SD
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016

The museum is interesting and well organized. Staff is friendly and helpful in telling you more about the museum and the exhibits.

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

Thank you so much for your review of the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the museum and found the information and artifacts well laid out. It is wonderful to hear that you found the staff friendly and helpful. We appreciate you sharing your positive experience with TripAdvisor and hope that you will... More 

Rapid City, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2016

Worth going just to see the unique building from the outside. Great museum and history inside. Also houses the State Historical Assoc. records - a real treasure for researchers and genealogists.

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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. We are glad to hear that you appreciated the architecture of our facility and enjoyed the museum exhibits. It is wonderful to hear that you found the resources of State Archives interesting and useful. We appreciate you sharing your positive experience with TripAdvisor and hope... More 

Sioux City, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2016 via mobile

Oh My Goodness!!!! This place was worth the drive to Pierre! So much beauty. Hands down the best Native American Museum I've ever been too! Great honor and knowledge on our beloved indigenous Native American history. Great for all ages. Hands on things for little hands. Your 1st stop in Pierre! Love it!!!!!

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

Thank you so much for your glowing review. It is great to know that your trip to our facility was worth the time. We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed the Museum galleries and activities. It is wonderful to know that you found our American Indian collection so remarkable and found the content so interesting. We appreciate you... More 

Alton, Ia, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

I've been to the SD Cultural Center numerous times, but I'd go again if I were in Pierre tomorrow. It's a wonderful place, and South Dakota has a history worth telling, time and time again. It's many Native people contribute greatly to its heritage and story; the entire first section is worth savoring for the richness of its artifacts. I... More 

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

Thank you for visiting the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. We are pleased to hear that you enjoy the museum. We are grateful for your honest assessment of our "On the Reservation" portion of the gallery space. We recognize that this is an area that needs to be updated. Originally this area was a space dedicated for reverence and reflection,... More 

Pierre, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015 via mobile

We live here in Pierre, we go here quite frequently. Even my young kids love it, we highly suggest visiting the Heritage Center to everyone, everything you want to know about South Dakotas history is here, and presented accurately. Very clean, informative, and fun! Don't miss it!

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

THANK YOU Matt! It is always great to hear our out of town guests tout our museum, but truly heartwarming when locals speak so highly of us. We are pleased to hear that your whole family enjoys the exhibits. We greatly appreciate your support and the glowing recommendation! Thank you for sharing your thoughts on tripadvisor.com. We certainly hope you... More 

Arvada, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

Terrific museum, covering plains Indians, settler and the economic influences that have all shaped the state. The displays are great and arranged in a sensible way. Especially enjoyed the section on baseball in the state.

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

Thank you for visiting the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed the exhibit “PLAY BALL! The National Pastime in South Dakota.” It’s wonderful to know that the exhibits are well laid out and interesting. Thank you for sharing your positive experience on tripadvisor.com. We certainly hope you visit again soon! More 

Crestview, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015 via mobile

The cultural center sits high on a hill and seems to disappear into it. Inside, the museum tells the story of the development of South Dakota from prehistory to the present. The layout was easy to follow, and there was an observation room on the second level. My favorite exhibits were those pertaining to the indians' way of life.

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

Thank you for visiting the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. We are pleased to hear that the layout was easy to follow. Thank you for taking the time to visit the Observation Gallery. Isn’t the view of the State Capitol and Pierre remarkable from up there? We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed the Oyate Tawicoh'an gallery and... More 

Pierre
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

The Cultural Heritage Center located in Pierre, is a great place to for all. It has the most beautiful Native American bead work, tools that the Natives used. Great place to learn more about he native American Indians that were born on the plains. Interesting pieces on westward movement, railroads, Missouri River, etc.....well worth the trip.......

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

Thank you for visiting the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit. We are glad that you found it to be a worthwhile stop and a good destination for families. We are pleased to hear that you find our collection beautiful and interesting. It sounds like you had a good time... More 

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