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“Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village”

Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village
Ranked #2 of 19 things to do in Mitchell
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access
Rapid City, South Dakota, United States
Level 4 Contributor
18 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village”
Reviewed January 31, 2013

If you are into History, particularly South Dakota History, then this is a must stop. Include a film, museum, bookstore, and live dig area.

Visited June 2012
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Aberdeen, South Dakota
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Fun and interesting”
Reviewed December 18, 2012

This place was very historic and interesting to anybody of any age. The specialty team was very informative and outgoing.

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Toms River, New Jersey
Level 6 Contributor
209 reviews
155 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
“Disappointing Visit”
Reviewed October 18, 2012

We were SO disappointed in this site. Our tour guide was an elderly man who was knowledgable and enthused about the history of the village but he droned on, bored us completely and made the tour unbearably long. The museum is minimal and there was no activity at the actual archaeological site when we were there. We felt we had wasted out time in going there.

Visited July 2012
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Platte, South Dakota
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great Field Trip”
Reviewed October 15, 2012

Very educational for all ages ... great destination for school field trips, too. I've taken several classes there.

Visited April 2012
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Lebanon, Tennessee
Level 6 Contributor
350 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
“Good museum tour”
Reviewed September 27, 2012

Fascinating tour over the archiogical (sp?) digs. The re-creation of the huts in the main lobby was very interesting also. We by-passed the Corn Palace on this trip to catch the Prehistoric Indian Village.

Visited September 2012
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