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Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village

3200 Indian Village Road, Mitchell, SD 57301
+1 605-996-5473
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A good view at the past.

This location gave a good view into Native American history. How they lived, tools and weapons they... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
mjacobs0602
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Cairo, Missouri
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Surprising find

I was not expecting to find an archeological dig of such a high quality in small-town Mitchell... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
D P
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Rapid City, South Dakota
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The Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village is the only archaeological site in South Dakota open to the public. It is a 1,000 year-old village located on the shores of lovely Lake Mitchell. Each summer students from the University of Exeter, England and Augustana University, Sioux Falls continue the excavation of the site. Tours are given every day during the summer months by knowledgeable guides. Plenty of activities for all ages. Visit the museum, the dig site (located in the Archeodome) and Shoppe Antiquary (a gift shop featuring Native American jewelry, pottery, art and more). Our biggest event of the year is Archeology Awareness Days, held on July 2nd and 3rd, 2016. Open Monday thru Saturday 8:00am - 7:00 pm beginning Memorial Day weekend; open Sundays 10:00am to 6:00pm. Open the rest of the year 9:00am - 6:00pm.
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Hours Today: 08:00 - 19:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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3200 Indian Village Road, Mitchell, SD 57301
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+1 605-996-5473
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This location gave a good view into Native American history. How they lived, tools and weapons they used. It even has an example of a dugout canoe and buffalo skin boat. The museum area is very interesting and the dig site puts you back in...More

Thank mjacobs0602
Reviewed 6 days ago

I was not expecting to find an archeological dig of such a high quality in small-town Mitchell. Very well done and worthwhile to visit.

Thank D P
Cynthia G, Executive Director at Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you! We are quite proud of what we are doing here to educate folks about the history of the First People. We are also quite honored to be associated with Augustana University (Sioux Falls, SD) and the University of Exeter (Great Britain).

Reviewed 1 week ago

We made a day trip for my son's birthday to visit this place. Great information and fun to see. You watch a video to start it was ok. We enjoyed the house and how they lived back in there time. Walked over to the dog...More

1  Thank Jodi56257
Cynthia G, Executive Director at Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for the awesome review! We are happy that you and your son had a good time. Your comment on our gift shop prices puzzled us because we always hear from visitors how low and reasonable our prices are. Authentic Native American art, jewelry...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was a great stop while we headed to Yellowstone. Awesome archeological dig site with a indoor viewing aria. Indoor museum has a mud hut walk through as well as a small gift shop

Thank LtWolf1976
Cynthia G, Executive Director at Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for the review! We are happy that you enjoyed your visit. Our live dig begins June 13 to July 11, so if you can, stop by again! The excitement in the air is palpable during the live dig.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We found this stop very informative and it was neat seeing an archeological dig site even though nobody was actively working on it when we stopped.More

Thank Crystal B
Cynthia G, Executive Director at Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for the review. We are happy that you found us interesting. If you are coming back our way, our dig does begin on June 13th this year! The teams from the University of Exeter and Augustana University will continue the excavation until July...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was a very informative tour about Indians and how they lived and the dig site was cool to see if you are a history buff you will like this

Thank Kay G
Cynthia G, Executive Director at Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for the nice review. We're glad you liked us!

Reviewed 18 May 2017 via mobile

It was great to learn some history of the area. The excavation site was really interesting. Would definitely recommend if you are interested in local history.

Thank Jessica L
Reviewed 17 May 2017 via mobile

I can't believe that I have lived in Mitchell for three years and have never visited here! The museum was very informative and the tour guide was excellent. Seeing the dig site made me feel as though it was a thousand years ago. If you...More

Thank Matt H
Cynthia G, Executive Director at Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, responded to this reviewResponded 19 May 2017

Thank you for the nice review! We always want Mitchell residents (and everyone else) to visit our Village. But we get it - we seldom visit places that are in our own "backyards"! Please come back again, especially when the dig is on (June 13th...More

Reviewed 11 May 2017

This was a great stop. Our (free) tour guide was very informative. You could take as long or as little time as you like to view this attraction and it would be great for all ages. They have a gift shop, restrooms and a small...More

1  Thank Patty R
Cynthia G, Executive Director at Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, responded to this reviewResponded 12 May 2017

Thank you for the kind words. We are happy that you had a good time, we think our guides are great! Hope you come back someday!

Reviewed 29 April 2017

One of the most informative exhibits and digs that we have visited. Very detailed and very thorough from exhibits to tours. Staff was very helpful, knowledgeable and committed to this wonderful project.

Thank Charles H
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Christina H
is this handicap accessible?
1 November 2016|
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Response from Cynthia G | Property representative |
Yes, we are handicapped accessible! We also have a wheelchair available for those who may need it.
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