WOW - Art Kits are wildly popular but our supplies are limited. You may find those "sold" out. Not to worry, History Packets are available!


Attention all elementary students! (and parents/guardians)

The DPM will be offering HISTORY PACKETS & ART KITS for elementary-aged students on ...

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"Are you open?" Not Yet!
Please check back here on our Facebook page, Twitter page and website, www.dacotahprairiemuseum.com for updates on our reopening plans. We are taking it one day at a time and it will take time for us to create a safe environment for patrons, staff and volunteers.
In the ...

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All Dakota High School Fine Art Exhibition... is still on!
Virtually, that is.
Of the 16 schools in North & South Dakota that registered for this annual event, only 5 were able to send in artwork, mostly in photos. Many art teachers were not able to get back into school buildings or hadn't chosen...

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The Parks & Rec brochure came out in the weekend paper on Saturday. Truth is, all of the Museum's summer programming is up in the air. We talk about it frequently as the pandemic begins to affect South Dakota and Brown County. We are taking it day-by-day, week-by-week and hop...

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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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3 days 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
4 days ago
So much to do! Very impressed. Look forward to a return visit.
- Robin B
3 months 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

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: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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