“History Alive! at Centennial Village” Saturday June 12, 11am-3pm
“History Alive! at Centennial Village” is a live-action telling of the stories of early immigrants, indigenous peoples, and other Dakota Territory inhabitants. Walk the village boardwalk to interact with live-action characters from...

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“Preserving Art… Preserving History” Art Restoration Fundraiser for “Brown County Trailblazers” now on display on the Prairie Landing through May.
Estimated need: $7,000-10,000 for art restoration.
Three portraits in need of professional repair; Mr. Charles Howard of Howard & Hedger Real Estate c...

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“Visual Persuasion: Propaganda Art” Posters from the Museum’s collection, Dacotah Gallery, 2nd Floor, Open May 8 through July 31. On display will be WWI and WWII propaganda posters encouraging citizens to plant a victory garden, buy bonds, conserve resources and support the war efforts. It also ...

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“Historic Views of Downtown… Beyond These Four Walls” Photographs from the Museum’s collection, Helen Bergh Education Room. The Dacotah Prairie Museum building was built in 1889 and since that time the view from our four walls has changed over time. See over two dozen images of downtown Aberdeen ...

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Come see the All Dakota High School Art Show and
Student winner will receive a medal.
Thank you for supporting our art students :)
(One vote per person, please.)

The Dacotah Prairie Museum has a new outreach exhibit in the newly renovated offices of the Aberdeen Area Convention & Visitors Bureau next door to the new Malchow Plaza.
Check out the large format historic photos of Aberdeen and read the fun tutorial plaques.
We have a great partner in the CVB ...

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Opening April 10:
All Dakota High School Fine Arts Exhibition!
For the first time the DPM will host the student artwork for this show in the Lamont Gallery. And for an extended showing!
April 10-24.
Schools represented: Aberdeen Central, Fargo Davies, Fargo North, Fargo South, Groton, Ipswich, Mi...

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April 2, 2021
The DPM will be closed Saturday, April 3 for the Easter Holiday weekend.


a month ago
A free museum offering so much South Dakota history! Such a great place to stop and I love the cute little gift shop.
- Katelyn N
2 weeks ago
Great things to see at the Dakota Prairie museum. We love the animal area, the amazing exhibits, and the fun gift shop.
a year ago
Very friendly staff and fun exhibits!
- J S

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

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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