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Dakota Discovery Museum

Closed Now: 09:00 - 18:00
Open today: 09:00 - 18:00
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Amazing art work and artifacts

Located at Dakota Wesleyan Univ, this museum has Native American artifacts from about the 1880s... read more

Reviewed 19 October 2018
frmrtvlagt
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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Lots to see ... and learn!

This is the place to go if you want to learn about the history of South Dakota & its residents... read more

Reviewed 30 August 2018
675randalle
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Anaheim, California
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Dakota Discovery Museum tells the story of people who came to the northern Plains. We preserve that past and inform the present by uniquely combining art and artifact to tell the story of this region in a way that contributes to building the future...more
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1300 McGovern Ave, Mitchell, SD 57301-7901
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Reviewed 19 October 2018

Located at Dakota Wesleyan Univ, this museum has Native American artifacts from about the 1880s. There is a second floor gallery with amazing art work. And a section devoted to the tragic Hiawatha Indian Insane Asylum. The director gave us some info on the artifacts...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 30 August 2018

This is the place to go if you want to learn about the history of South Dakota & its residents, past as well as more recent. I enjoyed the section on the Plains Indians & my husband found the old equipment, tools & machinery quite...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 31 July 2018

Very informative museum that covers the area from Plains Indians through the 1930s. The items in the beadwork display were stunning. And, don't miss the second floor which has a fantastic collection of art and illustrations from Charles Hargens. You'd probably recognize a few that...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 18 June 2018

If you have the time to spend, and the interest, this museum is a must see. There is a lot of Dakota history, information about and paintings by Oscar Howe (artist and Corn Palace mural designer). The museum is close to the McGovern Library and...More

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed 5 January 2018

This museum was just what we were looking for to understand a bit of Dakota history and see some good art. Amazing collection of Charles Hargen work of Saturday Night Post accaliam. Also Howe who planned the Corn Palace Murals for 20+ years. A must...More

Date of experience: January 2018
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Reviewed 11 October 2017

We discovered this museum almost by accident. We had stopped at the George McGovern museum in the Dakota Wesleyan University Library and just across the street was this gem. If you're interested in early pioneer history and art, don't miss this stop. Also includes a...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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Rod B, Manager at Dakota Discovery Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 12 October 2017

Thanks so much for stopping by! It was great to have you in the museum and to meet you. Thank you also for your kind comments. It's great to hear that we are fulfilling our purpose of telling the rich story of people in South...More

Reviewed 23 August 2017

We spent a couple of hours here as there is a lot to see. Plenty of information too. Great person treated us and was very helpful answering questions.

Date of experience: August 2017
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Rod B, Manager at Dakota Discovery Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2017

Elaine, thanks so much for coming in! It was a privilege to have you visit Dakota Discovery Museum. Safe travels!

Reviewed 1 June 2017 via mobile

While not a large museum, Dakota Discovery offers some interesting insights into the history of the region, including that of the indigenous population. There is also some very interesting art displayed on the second floor. If you are in Mitchell to see the Cow Palace...More

Date of experience: June 2017
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Rod B, Manager at Dakota Discovery Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 June 2017

Thanks so much for stopping! We're working to make things better and hope that you stop and see us again. Best to you and enjoy your summer! Rod Brown, manager

Reviewed 28 May 2017

In the art gallery they have the recreated art studio of artist Charles Hargens who was a prolific artist up until his death at the age of 103! Since I am an artist myself, this inspired and encouraged me. If you are in the area,...More

Date of experience: May 2017
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Rod B, Manager at Dakota Discovery Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 30 May 2017

Thanks so much for coming in and I'm very gratified to hear that you enjoyed the Hargen's Gallery. Please stop and see us again sometime and bring your friends!

Reviewed 11 May 2017

We were in town for my nieces graduation from DWU and wanted to do a few touristy things since we'll probably never be back. We were looking forward to going to the Dakota Discovery Museum but when we got there on Saturday (supposed to be...More

Date of experience: May 2017
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Rod B, Manager at Dakota Discovery Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 12 May 2017

Patty, I apologize for the issue. If you would like to discuss the difficulty in more detail please do not hesitate to call me at the museum at 605.996.2122. Thank you!

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