POSTCARDS! The Dacotah Prairie Museum's store, "The Mercantile" has a variety of local postcards. At 25 cents each, they are a good deal.
We may not be open to the public right now but if there is a local history book or other regional interest item you are looking for, please give us a call at...

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As of 03/27/20:

With an abundance of caution and to align with the schools, library and other public cultural institutions, the Dacotah Prairie Museum will remain closed to the public until Tuesday, May 5 (we are normally closed to the public on Mondays).

As of 03/19/20: In accordance with fede...

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Live characters at the "Museum Alive!"

Mar 8, 2020 – Mar 8, 2020

Spend the afternoon with your family exploring the exhibits and seeing historical characters come to life! Costumed characters will represent local history and interact with visitors. Make-n-take activities will be available to commemorate your visit. An event for the whole family, couples, and i...

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“Museum Comes Alive!” Family Day at the Museum
Sunday, March 8, 2020 1-4pm
Spend the afternoon with your family exploring the exhibits and seeing historical characters come to life! Fun, interactive activities with a nod to Aberdeen and Brown County history. Costumed characters will represent lo...

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Science Steve from SDPB visits the “TreeHouses” exhibit!
Saturday, February 29, 2020 1-4pm
Steven Rokusek travels the state as “Science Steve,” an entertainer who uses humor and fascinating demonstrations to bring dry theorems and scientific laws to life. The demonstrations are entertaining for k...

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“Dakota Scenes & Quilts” by Mike & Cindy Sudlow
February 11 – May 3, 2020
Mike and Cindy Sudlow are local artists, each with their own unique talents. Cindy is a quilter and has enjoyed expressing her artist vision through fiber arts. Mike has always enjoyed painting but has recently thrown himse...

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a month ago
Fantastic place to bring kids! Exhibits are well-kept and staff are friendly. Just enough to look at to keep kids entertained!
- Shelby R
a month ago
Very friendly staff and fun exhibits!
- J S
7 months ago
I just love going back in History at the Museum! Every time I walk through the DPM, I learn something new! If you're looking for something to do, check out The Dacotah Prairie Museum! You won't be sorry you did!
- Kim W

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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  • (605) 626-7117


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21 South Main Street
Aberdeen, SD 57401
United States

Business Hours

Tue:9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wed:9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thu:9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Fri:9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sat:1:00 – 4:00 PM
Sun:1:00 – 4:00 PM
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