Artists of the Prairie, DPM's biennial collaborative art exhibition is open through Sat. Oct. 23. Over 30 local and regional artists. People you might know!
Check it out now before it's gone!
Gallery hours: Tue-Fri, 10am-5pm & Sat, 11am-4pm

#VolunteersMakeADifference The DPM is grateful for our volunteers that help us every day at our front desk and behind the scenes with collection, education and exhibit work.
Leanne Shutt (l), volunteer coordinator is training a new front desk volunteer, Joan Haak (r). THANK YOU!!
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"Fall Classic" is another name for the Major League Baseball (MLB) championship known as the World Series. The term refers to the fact that the World Series is played in October.
Our "Fall Classic" is centered around Philbert and the Aberdeen Pheasants! Philbert was the mascot for the Aberdeen fa...

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It's time for the Fall Classic... Play Ball!
We have the best-known pheasant in baseball history in our lobby.
Stop by and check out our Philbert display and learn more about this baseball-loving bird and the team that made him a household name (in Aberdeen, at least).

#ShopLocal and #ShopEarly this holiday season. The Dacotah Prairie Museum's gift shop, The Mercantile is ready for your unique gift giving needs. Books, toys, gifts and cards. Something for everyone on your list. Located in historic downtown #AberdeenSD.

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Now available at the Dacotah Prairie Museum:
"Downtown Detective" a downtown Aberdeen, SD scavenger hunt.
Look for clues in the historic buildings of Aberdeen's Main Street.
Pick up a kit at the front desk of the DPM.


5 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
4 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
4 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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