Now open in the Lamont Gallery:
"Portraits from the Permanent Collection"
Fine art exhibit of portraitures from the Dacotah Prairie Museum's permanent collection. See some of the museum's rarely seen oils done by local artists and others. Frank Ashford and Frances Cranmer Greenman pieces on displ...

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Now open: "Rewriting History: Who Am I?" a creative writing exhibit by the 6th grade class of Frederick Area School.
Students were given vintage photos of unknown origin or backstory and were asked to imagine what their story might be. Creative! Stop by the Lamont Hallway Annex Gallery and check ...

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On Jan. 21, at the Annual South Dakota Tourism Conference in Pierre, our very own Lora Schaunaman, recently retired Curator of Exhibits won the Ruth Ziolkowski Outstanding Hospitality Award!
Here is a portion of the nominating award text:

Lora Schaunaman is the very definition of South Dakota ho...

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Limited time to see the 75th South Dakota Snow Queen Festival exhibit at the DPM. All 77 (!) queen portraits are on display, all of the junior queen photos, and all 10 gowns currently in the DPM SQ gown collection. #SnowQueen #SouthDakota Exhibit closes Sat, Feb 6.
Gallery Hours: Tue-Fri, 10am-5p...

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Opening Saturday, January 9th in the Helen Bergh Education Room... 75 years of South Dakota Snow Queen Festival history! #SnowQueen #SouthDakotaSnowQueen
​​​​​​​Gallery & Gift Shop Hours: Tue-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 11am-4pm

Now Showing...
"Dacotah Prairie Museum, 50 Years and Growing..."
New semi-permanent exhibit highlighting the DPM's history, 2nd floor galleries.
Gallery & Gift Shop Hours: Tue-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 11am-4pm
(Closed Jan. 1 & 2 for the New Years holiday.)


4 months ago
Great gift shop! Found several Christmas gifts. Wonderful exhibits! Enjoyed the cross-stitch, handmade lace and quilt exhibit. A jewel on Aberdeen's downtown Main Street.
- Marlys M
2 weeks ago
Very good museum that gives a look at this area of South Dakota from prehistory to present day.
- Lealand P
9 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

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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Aberdeen, South Dakota 57401
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Tue:10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wed:10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thu:10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Fri:10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sat:11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
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