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.)

A gift from the Dacotah Prairie Museum to all history buffs, researchers and interested patrons:
Scanned and uploaded local history resources.
Learn more about local history, be the conversation starter at your next Zoom meeting, enjoy being the go-to person for all things Brown County and Aberde...

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Enjoy this montage of the 2020 Dacotah Prairie Museum Christmas Tree Lane. There are 20 trees from service groups, families, and businesses. Now you can view it from the safe comfort of your computer or smart phone. Thanks for visiting!

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We are now (back) open on Saturdays!
Starting Dec. 5, the DPM will be open 11am-4pm on Saturdays. Regular weekday hours are: Tue. - Fri. 10am-5pm.

(For everyone's safety, we are asking patrons to please wear masks in the Museum, keep 6ft distance from others and be aware we may need to limit th...

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2 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
8 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
7 months 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

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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