Don't forget to bring the "grandparents" and "grandkids" in your world to the DPM this Saturday, Sept. 11, 11am-4pm.
Happy Grandparents Day!
Special photo booth with fun accessories and treats in the lobby.

“Artists of the Prairie: Collaborative Art Show” Lamont Gallery, Sept. 4 – Oct. 23 Over 30 local and regional artists are participating in an art exhibition that will showcase their talents in a variety of mediums. Paintings, sculptures, 3D mixed media, jewelry and fiber arts will be on display. ...

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“Harvest of Comforts” Dacotah Gallery, 2nd Floor, Open Aug. 21 – Nov.6. Items from the DPM’s collections and contributions from our staff and volunteers that bring out the cozy comforts of fall in Brown County. Our favorite recipes and the stories behind them, quilts, sweaters, and other artifac...

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SAVE THE DATE: Harvest Stroll, Saturday, September 25, 11am-3pm
Dacotah Prairie Museum's Annual Harvest Stroll... Take a stroll downtown and experience the best of South Dakota’s fall activities in the autumn sunshine. Booths set up outside the museum building, fun autumn craft kits, decorate a p...

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Do you love museums? Do you love finding the story behind everyday objects from our past? Are you a detail person?
The Dacotah Prairie Museum is seeking a Part-Time Curatorial Assistant for the Collections Department. #DreamJob!
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A friendly reminder that Dacotah Prairie Museum has several research publications available for download. Click the button to go to our list.

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2021 Christmas Tree Lane & Holiday Wreaths at the Dacotah Prairie Museum
Start planning now for “Puttin’ on the Glitz” for this year’s display.
Service groups, businesses and individuals may participate.
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3 months ago
I'm probably prejudiced since I grew up near Aberdeen, but I love this museum that gives the history of the area. It's not extravagant, but the docents are very nice, and the exhibits are well kept. The building itself is historical. I will go there every time I get "home", which is every few years.
- Rob E
3 months ago
Very educational and informative. They always have something new going on here. The staff are friendly and quick to answer any questions.
- Nicholas W
3 months ago
Nice gift shop and great hands-on play area for kids. Functional old fashioned phone operator a big hit too...
- Michael C

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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