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.

Now showing in the Lamont Gallery:
"Portraits from the Permanent Collection"
One of the featured artists: Francis Cranmer Greenman.
Francis was born in Aberdeen in 1890 and painted more than 1,000 portraits in her career. She studied art in Washington DC, New York City, and Paris, France. She tra...

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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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3 weeks 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
I have to visit every time I come back to Aberdeen, about once a year. Always interesting. Friendly staff
- David d
5 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

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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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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