(Aberdeen, SD), The Dacotah Prairie Museum (DPM) will offer a “Stroll Around the Block” event to celebrate harvest time in Brown County on Sat. Oct. 3, 11am – 2pm. Staff will be offering a variety of stations placed around our historic 1889 building located at 21 S. Main St..
Enjoy the autumn ai...

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It's not too early... to think about Christmas.
Christmas Tree Lane, that is!
Our annual holiday display of trees and wreaths by local service groups, businesses and individuals will go on this year. With a few modifications. Set up will be stretched out so that everyone can come at a scheduled t...

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Take an afternoon break and visit the Dacotah Prairie Museum’s latest exhibits!
Sept. hours: Tue-Fri, 1-5pm
Oct. hours: Tue-Fri, 10am-5pm

Laurie Heupel's Photography Exhibit, "It Started with a Brownie" is now on display in the Dacotah Gallery. Laurie is a traveler’s photographer; her landsc...

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Buster invites families to visit the Frontier Town Children's Exhibit (Fridays, 1-5pm).
The staff are ready to open up a bit more of the regular exhibits, with modifications:
(You all have been really great about this and thanks for your understanding!)
*Only 1...

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Celebrating a century of suffrage - ratified on August 18, 1920, the 19th amendment granted women the right to vote. #womenwinthevote #suffrage #NorthernStateUniversity #NSU #LeagueOfWomenVoters
Check out the DPM's exhibit at the NSU Student Center, 2nd floor gallery. @Aberdeenleagueofwomenvoter...

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Last week (Aug. 4-7) to see the traveling exhibit "TreeHouses: Look Who's Living in the Trees" from the Sciencenter of Ithaca, NY.
New Gallery Hours for August: Tue. - Fri. 1-5pm.
Come see us!

Goodbye July... Hello August!
DPM August Hours (expanded):
Tue. - Fri. 1-5pm
Come see us, Buster has missed you!

The Dacotah Prairie Museum announces reopening.

Beginning July 8 and through the month of July, the DPM will be open limited hours of Wed., Thur., and Fri. afternoons, 1-4:30pm. In August, the DPM will expand hours to Tuesday through Friday, 1-5pm. During this time some hands-on activities and t...

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4 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
3 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
4 days ago
My kids absolutely loved this place!!! Lots of history!!! They have an awesome wild kingdom in there as well!!!
- Stacy A

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:1:00 – 5:00 PM
Wed:1:00 – 5:00 PM
Thu:1:00 – 5:00 PM
Fri:1:00 – 5:00 PM
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