Last week (Aug. 4-7) to see the traveling exhibit "TreeHouses: Look Who's Living in the Trees" from the Sciencenter of Ithaca, NY.
New Gallery Hours for August: Tue. - Fri. 1-5pm.
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Goodbye July... Hello August!
DPM August Hours (expanded):
Tue. - Fri. 1-5pm
Come see us, Buster has missed you!

The Dacotah Prairie Museum announces reopening.

Beginning July 8 and through the month of July, the DPM will be open limited hours of Wed., Thur., and Fri. afternoons, 1-4:30pm. In August, the DPM will expand hours to Tuesday through Friday, 1-5pm. During this time some hands-on activities and t...

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Register for Art Camp!
Limited spaces available. Some restrictions apply.
July 6-9 & July 13-16 @ Centennial Village

Explore art in the open! Each day is a different theme with multiple projects. Campers will enjoy in-depth art concepts tailored to 8-14yo.

Inspiration awaits! Take a trip to Ce...

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Did you miss last week's activity packets from the DPM?
Each week the previous week's packets will be uploaded to the Museum's website at: (see button below). Enjoy!

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The DPM is offering complimentary guided tours in the month of June as we tentatively prepare to reopen to the public later this summer.

Two different tours to choose from…

Museum Exhibit Tour:

Reserve a spot now for one of our guided exhibi...

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WOW - Art Kits are wildly popular but our supplies are limited. You may find those "sold" out. Not to worry, History Packets are available!


Attention all elementary students! (and parents/guardians)

The DPM will be offering HISTORY PACKETS & ART KITS for elementary-aged students on ...

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"Are you open?" Not Yet!
Please check back here on our Facebook page, Twitter page and website, www.dacotahprairiemuseum.com for updates on our reopening plans. We are taking it one day at a time and it will take time for us to create a safe environment for patrons, staff and volunteers.
In the ...

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2 months ago
Loved the Apollo 13 & moon exhibit. Thank you for sharing it. It was awesome. I do enjoy going to this museum and seeing all the other exhibits. Very nice place to visit. Staff are friendly and helpful.
- J M
a month ago
A friend of mine from Indianapolis joined me on a self-guided tour of the museum. His Summed up our visit by stating “ This is not a museum to display antiques, this is about people! Local people making history and keeping that history alive!” He went on to say “...and the gallery of local artists and their paintings is amazing!” I couldn’t agree more.
- kat t
2 months ago
So much to do! Very impressed. Look forward to a return visit.
- Robin B

About us

Our Mission:
The Dacotah Prairie Museum’s mission is to facilitate conversation of the prairie and its people, cultivate insight, and curate its collections as a catalyst for inter-generational exchanges to inspire children, connect families, and build community through education, programming, exhibits, and its collections.
Adopted May 26, 2015

Our Vision:
 The Dacotah Prairie Museum, a non-profit, permanent learning center in service to all  people,  is committed to the continued growth of its collection of material evidence representing the ongoing history of its region. This collection will be used by present and future generations to study and interpret the lives and accomplishments of previous generations inhabiting the Dakota Prairie. Through these endeavors the Museum will continue to advance itself as a cultural, educational and economic asset to South Dakota.
Adopted November 18, 2008

Our Values

Respect: For people, their stories, their artifacts
Excellence: In personal and institutional performance
Achievement: Through timely accomplishment of stated goals
Responsibility: To ourselves, to each other, to the institution and to the public
Fairness: In judgment and decision making
Integrity: In preservation and presentation

Adopted November 18, 2008

Our Tagline:
 To preserve and share the stories of the Dakota Prairie and its inhabitants.

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21 South Main Street
Aberdeen, South Dakota 57401
United States

Business Hours

Wed:1:00 – 4:30 PM
Thu:1:00 – 4:30 PM
Fri:1:00 – 4:30 PM
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