Dacotah Prairie Museum

Aberdeen, SD

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Address: 21 S Main St, Aberdeen, SD 57401, USA How do we get there? Number: 605 626-7117
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When you step into the Dacotah Prairie Museum, you step back in time over 100 years ago to witness the people, progress and natural history that combined to propel the prairie region into existence.

Through their permanent exhibitions, you can explore the people & events that shaped this amazing region of South Dakota.

Explore what northeastern South Dakota looked like before early settlers arrived, and you might be surprised to learn that the area used to be very tree-less, and most of the trees were hand planted.

The "New Dawn on the Prairie" exhibit offers something for anyone who has an interest in railroad history of agriculture, with a newly remodelled gallery showcasing the development of agriculture from the very first homesteaders in Dakota Territory, right through to contemporary farms of today,

You can experience life in a tarpaper shack, check out a prairie kitchen, and immerse yourselves in the interactive computer station to take you through numerous aspects of a prairie settlement.

Then, the rail history comes to life as you view an 1890s rail station complete with maps, schedules, and a ticket master, plus there is an operational, period model train too!

The Squire Gallery at the Dacotah Prairie Museum features vignettes of the history of Dakota Territory, which is a wonderful way for kids to SEE just how life would have been in the past, from an 1880s parlor, to Native American homesteads.

There is SO much history in the South Dakota region, so why not explore it all at the Dacotah Prairie Museum - you never know what you just might learn!

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Free admission, donations accepted



Free admission, donations accepted


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Dacotah Prairie Museum FAQ’s

No outside food or drink is allowed, so grab something to eat in the area before or after your visit

Walk-in visitors are always welcome during regular Museum hours, so grab the informational “Self-Guided Tour” pamphlet is available near the front desk for your reference. Browse through the exhibits on your own, and enjoy the history of Brown County.

There is a gift shop where you can pick up items relating to the history, the museum and exhibits, such as gifts, books, toys and more!

The main entrance to the Museum is on the south side of the building. A ramp provides access to the main floor, and an elevator is available for access to the second floor. A wheelchair is available for use. Any other questions just contact the museum!

All parking around the building is free. They recommend parking in the lot just north of the building. Two hour parking is also available on Main Street and the surrounding side streets.

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