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Old Courthouse Museum

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Address: 6th & Main St, Sioux Falls, SD
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+1 605-367-4210
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08:00 - 17:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Mon - Wed 08:00 - 17:00
Thu 08:00 - 21:00
Fri 08:00 - 17:00
Sat 09:00 - 17:00
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Beautifully restored 1800s quartzite building has three floors of regional...

Beautifully restored 1800s quartzite building has three floors of regional history exhibits.

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Fun Bit of History Downtown

Pretty cool that they have maintained the old courthouse for folks to see how it was back then. It is a wee bit musty smelling but they have some hands-on activities for the kids... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 22 January 2017
Greg V
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Juneau, Wisconsin
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Juneau, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017

Pretty cool that they have maintained the old courthouse for folks to see how it was back then. It is a wee bit musty smelling but they have some hands-on activities for the kids that will make you forget about that musty smell.

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Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

We enjoyed this museum as it gave us insight into South Dakota's history. At noon in the courthouse we enjoyed a reading of A Christmas Carol accompanied by great chamber music. Do enjoy when you go.

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Hill City, South Dakota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

We love the Old Courthouse! Our family members have had various events here; it is an excellent venue. It has very interesting local history. It's a beautiful place to visit.

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Thank Allison G
Hoyt Lakes, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

We toured the Old Courhouse Museum, there is a lot of local history there and definitely worth the time to check out all the exhibits. The tour is free and the museum employees are very friendly and knowlegeable.

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Thank Allison B
New York City, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

I understand it was built by the one architect they brag about around here, a certain Wallace Leroy Dow who was born in New Hampshire and who built basically everything they talk about in Sioux Falls: the Courthouse, the Jail, the house that Mr. Pettigrew purchased later etc etc. Lots of stone, ok. But not much of architectural interest inside.... More 

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Thank Oliver S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

We went on a day that was not so busy and really enjoyed ourselves. Make sure to visit and relieve history!

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Palo Alto, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

Well restored and interesting exhibits. Go to the second floor to see the actual old courthouse. Also, some good photo ops throughout the building.

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Thank PeterT96815
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

Interesting collection of exhibits about the local area and beyond. There's something here to catch the interest of everyone in the family!

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

Free (donation) Clean, kept up well Lots to see and learn about. Giftshop Building is gorgeous Rooms to rent for special occasions.

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Mankato, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

The old courthouse almost went with a wrecking ball. Thank goodness it was saved. At one time there were many more Victorian buildings all over Sioux Falls and many were not as fortunate. It is good to see historical preservation. The building is lovingly upkept with exhibitions filling the rooms of a time long past. The staff do a good... More 

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