The Museum galleries and gift shop, The Mercantile, will be open special hours on #blackfriday from 12-4pm.
Christmas Tree Lane is open with our annual food pantry drop-off. Give thanks this year by helping others in need and by #shoplocal #shopsmallbusiness #downtownAberdeenSD.

The DPM's Christmas Tree Lane once again has a food pantry drop off. Boxed and canned goods will be accepted through Dec. 31. Donations will go to local food pantries in Aberdeen. #GiveBack #GiveLocally #FoodPantry #HelpingSD #AberdeenSD #browncountysd

Please share! Let's "shower" Lora with good wishes as she retires after 20 years of dedicated service to the citizens of Brown County as Museum Curator of Exhibits.
FYI, Lora has taught Art Camp and directed the All Dakota High School Fine Arts Exhibition so if you know of anyone who had students...

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Opening Fri. Nov. 20: "West" Photography by Joshua Vincent
Opening Tue. Nov. 24: Christmas Tree Lane

The DPM resumes regular hours on Tuesday, November 17. 10am - 5pm.

Opening Nov. 24: Christmas Tree Lane in two galleries and Josh Andrew's Photography exhibit "West" in the Lamont Gallery.

Thank you to all of our patrons!

Our Mercantile clearance sale will go until the end of October. 50-90% discounts on unique gifts, books and ornaments.
Your support means a lot to us, please consider shopping downtown Aberdeen! #AberdeenSD #KeepItLocal #MuseumsHaveGiftShops

The DPM will have a holiday raffle of cozy gift items from The Mercantile, our museum store. #holidayraffle
1) A basket of cool-weather comfort items with a nod to Aberdeen and Brown County history and,
2) A Melissa & Doug 30” T-Rex plush toy with a gift shop gift card.
Raffle tickets can be purc...

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Need a date night idea? Stop in at Dacotah Prairie Museum to pick up a downtown scavenger hunt! This little kit is completely self-contained in its own bag, and will provide you with fun entertainment on a beautiful autumn afternoon or evening as you walk around downtown looking for clues. Enjoy ...

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a month 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
6 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
5 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
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