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6 of 12 Types of South Dakota Recreational Facilities--Museums
Ivan Gillis

South Dakota Museums

 

Name

Town/City

County

Region

Type

Summary

1881 Courthouse Museum

Custer

Custer

Western

Local history

Operated by the Custer Country Historical Society

Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve

McCook Lake

Union

Southeast

Open air

website, park with historic Shay-Adams Home with period furnishings, barn, country school and church

Adams Museum & House

Deadwood

Lawrence

Western

Local history

Exhibits include folk art, Wild Bill HickokCalamity Jane and Deadwood Dick

Akta Lakota Museum

Chamberlain

Brule

Central

Native American

website, profiles the lives of nomadic Plains Indians

Armed Forces Military Display and Gifts

Wasta

Pennington

Western

Military

Private museum displaying foreign and domestic militaria from World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam and current US conflicts[1][2]

Augustana CollegeArt Galleries

Sioux Falls

Minnehaha

Southeast

Art

Center for Visual Arts houses the Eide/Dalrymple Gallery and Carl Grupp Permanent Collection, the Hovland Center for Liturgical Arts, dedicated space for displaying student work; Center for Western Studies Art Gallery displays history and cultures of the Northern Plains and rotating exhibits of regional artists[3]

Aurora County Museum

Plankinton

Aurora

Southeast

Local history

[4]

Austin-Whittemore House

Vermillion

Clay

Southeast

Local history

Operated by the Clay County Historical Society, late 19th-century house with Victorian furnishings and items of local historical interest[5]

Badlands National Park

Interior

Jackson

Western

Natural history

Visitor center exhibits include the geology, paleontology and natural history of the park

Badlands Petrified Garden

Kadoka

Jackson

Western

Natural history

website, rocks, minerals and fossils

Beauvais Heritage Museum

Clark

Clark

Northeast

Open air

website, complex includes museum with period displays, Clark Railroad Depot, a settler's shanty, a pioneer church and school; also known as Clark County Museum

Big Thunder Gold Mine

Keystone

Pennington

Western

Mining

website, includes mine tour and museum

Black Hills Mining Museum

Lead

Lawrence

Western

Mining

website, simulated gold mine tours

Black Hills Museum of Natural History

Hill City

Pennington

Western

Natural history

Fossils, dinosaurs, gems, minerals, meteorites

Bon Homme Heritage Museum

Tyndall

Bon Homme

Southeast

Local history

[6]

Borglum Historical Center

Keystone

Pennington

Western

Biographical

website, Mount Rushmore sculptor Gutzon Borglum

Brookings County Museum

Volga

Brookings

Northeast

Local history

Includes an 1870 log cabin, vintage farm equipment, antique tools, and a one-room country school house[7]

Buechel Memorial Lakota Museum

St. Francis

Todd

Central

Native American

website, history of the Lakota of the Rosebud Indian Reservation, operated by the St. Francis Mission

Buffalo Historical Museum

Buffalo

Harding

Western

Local history

Includes museum and 1914 one room schoolhouse[8]

Buffalo Interpretive Center

Fort Pierre

Stanley

Central

Natural history

website, story of the buffalo, its importance and significance in the North American Indian cultures of the Great Plains, and its relationship to the people of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe

Campbell Original Straw Bale Built Museum

Carthage

Miner

Southeast

Local history

website, located in a building built out of straw bales

Carnegie Resource Center

Mitchell

Davison

Southeast

Local history

website, operated by the Mitchell Area Historical Society, exhibits of local history and genealogy, permanent collection of Corn Palace memorabilia

Casey Tibbs South Dakota Rodeo Center

Fort Pierre

Stanley

Central

Sports

website, South Dakota rodeo heritage and memorabilia

Cecil & Phyllis Melcher Museum

Platte

Charles Mix

Southeast

Local history

Located in the Lyric Theatre, includes dolls, wildlife of South Dakota, toy tractors and tractors, arts of local areas, cars and a military room[9]

Celebrity Hotel Memorabilia Display

Deadwood

Lawrence

Western

Multiple

website, located in the Celebrity Hotel, celebrity memorabilia, cars and motorcycles

Center for Western Studies

Sioux Falls

Minnehaha

Southeast

American West

website, part of Augustana College, exhibits include Native American artifacts, 19th century replica Norwegian living room, Jim Savage art studio, changing exhibits from its collections

Chapel in the Hills

Rapid City

Pennington

Western

Historic site

Stave church replica of the Borgund stave church in Norway and 19th century Norwegian log cabin

Children's Museum of South Dakota

Brookings

Brookings

Northeast

Children's

website

Civilian Conservation Corps Museum of South Dakota

Hill City

Pennington

Western

History

website

Classic Wheels Museum

Clark

Clark

Northeast

Transportation

website, includes antique vehicles, toy cars, model trains

Codington County Heritage Museum

Watertown

Codington

Northeast

Local history

History and heritage of Codington County and the Coteau des Prairie region of northeastern South Dakota

Corn Palace

Mitchell

Davison

Southeast

Agriculture

History of the Corn Palace's design, construction, link to area agriculture

Corsica Historical Museum

Corsica

Douglas

Southeast

Local history

website

Cramer Kenyon Heritage Home

Yankton

Yankton

Southeast

Historic house

website, 1880s Victorian mansion

Crazy Horse Memorial

Crazy Horse

Custer

Western

Multiple

Monumental sculpture of Crazy Horse, Indian Museum of North America, and the Native American Cultural Center

Custer State Park

Custer

Custer

Western

Multiple

Includes Peter Norbeck Center with natural history and cultural heritage displays, and Badger Hole, the historic house of poet Badger Clark

Dacotah Prairie Museum

Aberdeen

Brown

Northeast

Multiple

website, natural, cultural and local history

Dahl Arts Center

Rapid City

Pennington

Western

Art

website

Dakota Discovery Museum

Mitchell

Davison

Southeast

Multiple

website, art, history, culture, located on the campus of Dakota Wesleyan University

Dakota Sunset Museum

Gettysburg

Potter

Central

Local history

website, includes museum, country school, carriage barn, and blacksmith shop

Dakota Territorial Museum

Yankton

Yankton

Southeast

Local history

website, includes museum, school, depot and caboose

Dakotaland Museum

Huron

Beadle

Northeast

Local history

Located on the State Fairgrounds[10][11]

Daneville Heritage Museum

Viborg

Turner

Southeast

Local history

[12]

Day County Museum

Webster

Day

Northeast

Local history

Located in basement of Day County Courthouse[13][14]

Days of '76 Museum

Deadwood

Lawrence

Western

American West

website, includes horse-drawn vehicles, rodeo items, Old West pioneer and American Indian art and artifacts

D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery

Spearfish

Lawrence

Western

Industry

Former hatchery, includes Von Bayer Museum of Fish Culture with exhibits about the history and science of fish culture and fisheries

De Smet Depot Museum

De Smet

Kingsbury

Southeast

Local history

[15]

Clear Lake Museum

Clear Lake

Deuel

Northheast

Local history

Operated by the Clear Lake Historical Society, open for special events and by appointment[16]

Cheryl's Doll House

Lennox

Lincoln

Southeast

Toy

[17]

Donald Christman Toy Museum

Lake Norden

Hamlin

Southeast

Toy

Includes antique dishes and farm toys, antique dolls[18]

Douglas County Museum

Armour

Douglas

Southeast

Local history

Includes the Country School and Railroad House, operated by the Douglas County Historical Society[19]

Elkton Community Museum

Elkton

Brookings

Northeast

Local history

Open by appointment[20]

Eureka Pioneer Museum

Eureka

McPherson

Northeast

Local history

[21]

Faulk County Historical Museum

Faulkton

Faulk

Central

Local history

Open by appointment[22]

Fort Meade Museum

Sturgis

Meade

Western

Military

website, history of Fort Meade, located in the former commanding officers' quarters

Fort Sisseton Historical Park

Lake City

Marshall

Northeast

Military

State park with preserved 1864 fort buildings

Four Mile Old West Town

Custer

Custer

Western

Open air

website, buildings include a town hall, saloon, general store, church, bank, an outhouse, sheriff's office, jails

Frederick Area Historical Society

Frederick

Brown

Northeast

Local history

[23]

Garretson Area Historical Society Museum

Garretson

Minnehaha

Southeast

Local history

[24]

Geddes Historic Village

Geddes

Charles Mix

Southeast

Open air

Operated by the Charles Mix County Historical Restoration Society, open by appointment[25][26]

Granary Rural Cultural Center

Groton

Brown

Southeast

Art

website

Grand River Museum

Lemmon

Perkins

Western

Multiple

website, includes local bronze sculptures, ranching, Native American and homestead artifacts, fossils and Creation Science displays

Grant County Historical Society Museum

Milbank

Grant

Northheast

Local history

[27]

Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History

Sioux Falls

Minnehaha

Southeast

Natural history

 

Gregory County History Museum

Dallas

Gregory

Southeast

Local history

Operated by the Gregory County Historical Society[28]

Harry's Antique Safe Museum

Mitchell

Davison

Southeast

Commodity

Antique safes, farm toys and toy race cars[29]

Heritage Hall Museum

Freeman

Hutchinson

Southeast

Multiple

website, displays natural history, history and local history, including pioneer tools, pioneer household items, antiques, toys, vehicles and native wildlife displays

Heritage Center of Red Cloud Indian School

Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

Shannon

Western

Native American

website, Lakota culture and Native art, located on the campus of the Red Cloud Indian School

Hermosa Arts and History Museum

Hermosa

Custer

Western

Local history

[30][31]

High Plains Western Heritage Center

Spearfish

Lawrence

Western

American West

website, Western art, historic artifacts & memorabilia

Historic Adams House

Deadwood

Lawrence

Western

Historic house

1892 mansion

Historic Chicago & Northwestern Railroad Depot

Redfield

Spink

Northeast

Railroad

website, railroad items, model trains, engines and artifacts

Historic Prairie Village

Madison

Lake

Southeast

Open air

website, includes over 40 antique-filled buildings, agricultural displays, steam tractors, a sawmill and a train

Hollands Grist Mill

Milbank

Grant

Northheast

Mill

Also known as Milbank Grist Mill, reconstructed grist mill[32]

Ingalls Homestead

De Smet

Kingsbury

Southeast

Open air

website, includes Charles Ingalls homestead, school, dugout house, prairie learning center, pioneer activities

International Vinegar Museum

Roslyn

Day

Northeast

Food

Vinegars from all over the world

Jerauld County Pioneer Museum

Wessington Springs

Jerauld

Southeast

Multiple

Complex includes one room school, medical office, Western equipment, blacksmith shop, local history artifacts, operated by the Dunham Historical Society[33][34]

J.W. Parmley Historical Home

Ipswich

Edmunds

Northeast

Historic house

Includes the J.W. Parmley House and the Parmley Land Office[35][36]

Journey Museum and Gardens

Rapid City

Pennington

Western

Multiple

Contains prehistoric & historic collections related to the Western Great Plains with displays of local geologyarchaeologyNative American culture, & Europeanpioneer history in the Minnilusa Pioneer Museum

Keystone Historical Museum

Keystone

Pennington

Western

Local history

website

Klein Museum

Mobridge

Walworth

Northeast

Local history

website, features pioneer and Native American artifacts

Lake Norden Historical Society

Lake Norden

Hamlin

Southeast

Local history

Includes museum, one room school and barn with artifacts[37][38]

Lake Poinsett Visitor Center and Museum

Arlington

Brookings

Northeast

Local history

website, area natural and cultural history, Native American artifacts, located in Lake Poinsett Recreation Area

Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society

De Smet

Kingsbury

Southeast

Historic house

website, operates guided tours of two original homes of the family of author Laura Ingalls Wilder, including the Ingalls House

Lennox Museum

Lennox

Lincoln

Southeast

Local history

[39]

Lewis and Clark Center Visitor Center

Yankton

Yankton

Southeast

Multiple

website, exhibits include natural & cultural history, geology, exploration, Native Americans, steamboats

Little Village Farm Museum

Dell Rapids

Minnehaha

Southeast

Agriculture

Several barns and buildings with agriculture tools and equipment[40]

Loriks-Peterson Heritage House

Oldham

Kingsbury

Southeast

Historic house

[41]

Lyman County Museum

Presho

Lyman

Southeast

Local history

[42][43]

Major James McLaughlin Heritage Center

McLaughlin

Corson

Western

Local history

Local history, agriculture, Native Americans, Mahto Post Office, country school display[44]

Mammoth Site of Hot Springs

Hot Springs

Fall River

Western

Natural history

Active paleontological dig site and museum with fossils of mammoths, ancient flora and fauna

McWhorter House Museum and Depot

Miller

Hand

Northeast

Local history

[45][46]

Mellette House

Watertown

Codington

Northeast

Historic house

website, Victorian home of South Dakota's first governor, Arthur Calvin Mellette

Midland Pioneer Museum

Midland

Haakon

Central

Local history

Pioneer and railroad history and artifacts, open by appointment[47]

Miner County Rural Life Museum

Howard

Miner

Southeast

Local history

Rural life displays, operated by the Miner County Historical Society[48][49]

Minuteman Missile National Historic Site

Jackson County

Jackson

Western

Military

Includes visitor center, launch control center and a missile silo/launch facility

Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village

Mitchell

Davison

Southeast

Archaeology

Prehistoric Indian village archeological site and museum of artifacts

Moody County Museum and Research Center

Flandreau

Moody

Southeast

Local history

Operated by the Moody County Historical Society[50]

Mount Rushmore

Keystone

Pennington

Western

Art

National Memorial and sculpture of four U.S. Presidents carved into a mountain, includes Lincoln Borglum Museum with films and exhibits about sculptor Gutzon Borglum, the creation of Mount Rushmore and its workers, also the studio where Borglum worked

Museum of Geology

Rapid City

Pennington

Western

Natural history

Part of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, area fossils and minerals from around the world

Museum of Visual Materials

Sioux Falls

Minnehaha

Southeast

Art

website, art exhibits in many media, art and crafts classes, children's art and play activities

Museum of Wildlife, Science and Industry of NE South Dakota

Webster

Day

Northeast

Multiple

website, features many buildings with exhibits of military, agricultural and pioneer life, antique tractors, cars, and mounted wildlife, restored historic buildings

National Museum of Woodcarving

Custer

Custer

Western

Art

website, art and sculptures carved in wood

National Music Museum

Vermillion

Clay

Southeast

Music

American, European, and non-Western instruments from all cultures and historical periods

National Presidential Wax Museum

Keystone

Pennington

Western

Wax

website, wax figures of U.S. presidents in historic moments

Newell Museum

Newell

Butte

Western

Local history

Displays include a one-room school, log cabin, church, and barn, agriculture, family life, education, religion, Native Americans, the Fur Trade, military and toys[51]

Nicollet Tower

Sisseton

Roberts

Northeast

History

website, 75 ft climbing tower with interpretive center that features a great map by Joseph Nicollet, a documentary film and local art

Oglala Lakota College Historical Center

Kyle

Shannon

Western

Native American

website, history of the Lakota people

Old Courthouse Museum

Sioux Falls

Minnehaha

Southeast

Local history

 

Petrified Wood Park

Lemmon

Perkins

Western

Multiple

Includes sculptures and structures built from petrified wood and fossils and the Lemmon Pioneer Museum[52][53]

Pettigrew Home & Museum

Sioux Falls

Minnehaha

Southeast

Historic house

website, late 19th-century house and personal collections of Senator Richard F. Pettigrew

Pickler Mansion

Faulkton

Faulk

Central

Historic house

Operated by the Faulk County Historical Society, late 19th-century mansion, home of South Dakota's first Congressman[54][55]

Pioneer Auto Show

Murdo

Jones

Western

Multiple

website, automobiles, trucks, motorcycles, National Rockhound Hall of Fame & Lapidary, tractors, antiques and collectibles, authentic prairie town that includes a railroad depot, bank, general store, gas station, church, school, camera shop, butcher shop and more

Pioneer Historical Museum of South Dakota

Hot Springs

Fall River

Western

History

website, antiques, decorative arts, tools, photos, operated by the Fall River County Historical Society

Pollock Visitor and Interpretive Center

Pollock

Campbell

Central

Local history

[56]

Porter Sculpture Park

Montrose

McCook

Southeast

Art

Outdoor sculpture park

Prairie Homestead

Philip

Haakon

Central

Historic house

Early 20th century sod dwelling typical of area pioneers

Prayer Rock Museum

Britton

Marshall

Northheast

Local history

[57]

Pyle House

Huron

Beadle

Northeast

Historic house

1894 home of Gladys Pyle, the first elected woman U.S. senator[58]

Redlin Art Center

Watertown

Codington

Northeast

Art

Gallery that displays over 150 works by artist Terry Redlin

Scouter's Attic Museum

Sioux Falls

Minnehaha

Southeast

Scouting

website, scout memorabilia including uniforms, equipment and promotional items

Sioux Empire Medical Museum

Sioux Falls

Minnehaha

Southeast

Medical

Located in the concourse below the Sanford USD Medical Center Lobby[59]

Smith Zimmermann Heritage Museum

Madison

Lake

Southeast

Local history

website, part of Dakota State University, operated by the Lake County Historical Society

South Dakota Air and Space Museum

Box Elder

Meade

Western

Aerospace

US Air Force and South Dakota aviation history

South Dakota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame

Lake Norden

Hamlin

Southeast

Hall of fame - Sports

Amateur baseball in South Dakota as well as memorabilia from South Dakotans who played Major League Baseball

South Dakota Art Museum

Brookings

Brookings

Northeast

Art

website, collections include works by Harvey Dunn and Paul Goble, Native American cultural artifacts, Marghab linens, part of South Dakota State University

South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center

Pierre

Hughes

Central

History

Operated by the South Dakota Historical Society, state history and culture

South Dakota Discovery Center

Pierre

Hughes

Central

Science

website, includes an aquarium

South Dakota Hall of Fame

Chamberlain

Brule

Central

Hall of fame - History

Honors those who contributed to the progress, way of life, and values of the South Dakota

South Dakota National Guard Museum

Pierre

Hughes

Central

Military

website, history and memorabilia of the South Dakota National Guard

South Dakota's Original 1880 Town

Murdo

Jones

Western

Open air

website, includes over 30 building with historic artifacts and rodeo star Casey Tibbs Museum

South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum

Brookings

Brookings

Northeast

Agriculture

website, part of South Dakota State University, exhibits include tractors and farm equipment, an original 1882 homestead claim shack, and a recreated 1915 farmhouse. Abundant historic photographs enhance the understanding of South Dakota's rural qualities.

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology APEX Gallery

Rapid City

Pennington

Western

Art

Located in Classroom Building 211, hosts a new exhibit every four to six weeks[60]

South Dakota State Capitol

Pierre

Hughes

Central

History

Tours include the capitol and First Lady Gown Collection

South Dakota State Railroad Museum

Hill City

Pennington

Western

Railroad

website, railroad memorabilia, model trains from across South Dakota and Mid-America

South Dakota Tractor Museum

Kimball

Brule

Central

Agriculture

website, historic tractors and other farm machinery

Spink County Museum

Redfield

Spink

Northeast

Local history

[61]

Springfield College Museum

Springfield

Bon Homme

Southeast

Local history

Memorabilia from the college known as Southern State College that was located in Springfield from 1896 to 1984[62]

Springfield Historical Society Museum

Springfield

Bon Homme

Southeast

Local history

[63]

Stavig House

Sisseton

Roberts

Northeast

Historic house

website, early 20th-century Victorian period home of a Norwegian immigrant family

Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame

Sturgis

Meade

Western

Transportation

Features vintage and rare V-twin and metric motorcycles

Telstar Mustang Shelby Cobra Restorations & Museum

Mitchell

Davison

Southeast

Automotive

website, privately owned, fully restored collection of Mustangs, Shelby & Cobra automobiles

Timber Lake and Area Museum

Timber Lake

Dewey

Central

Local history

website, includes fossils, Native American artifacts, period displays

Trails, Trains & Pioneers Museum

Edgemont

Fall River

Western

Local history

website, operate by the Edgemont Area Historical Society

Tri-State Museum

Belle Fourche

Butte

Western

American West

website, early pioneer, rodeo, and old west history of the Tri-State region of Western South Dakota, Eastern Wyoming and Southeast Montana

Tripp County Historical Society Museum

Winner

Tripp

Southeast

Local history

[64][65]

Union County Museum

Elk Point

Union

Southeast

Local history

Operated by the Union County Historical Society[66]

University of South Dakota Art Galleries

Vermillion

Clay

Southeast

Art

John A. Day Gallery, Gallery 110, Oscar Howe Gallery, University Libraries exhibits[67]

Vancura Park

Tabor

Bon Homme

Southeast

Open air

Includes Czech Museum, chapel, jail, store, log school and log house in the Czech Pioneer Village, and the Blachnik Museum with handmade crafts[68][69]

Verendrye Museum

Fort Pierre

Stanley

Central

Local history

[70]

Wade's Gold Mill

Hill City

Pennington

Western

Mining

website, modern gold mill and antique mining museum

Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science

Sioux Falls

Minnehaha

Southeast

Multiple

Includes the Kirby Science Discover Center and Visual Arts Center with galleries

W. H. Over Museum

Vermillion

Clay

Southeast

Multiple

website, natural history displays, Native American and pioneer artifacts

Willow Lake Community Museum

Willow Lake

Clark

Northeast

Local history

website

Wind Cave National Park

Hot Springs

Fall River

Western

Natural history

Visitor center includes three rooms with exhibits about the geology of the caves, the park's natural and cultural history

Wounded Knee Museum

Wall

Pennington

Western

Native American

website, history of the Wounded Knee Massacre

 

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