Member Museums


Adams House
Deadwood, South Dakota 57732

The Historic Adams House, built in 1892, is an elegant Victorian mansion which has undergone a detailed, museum-quality restoration. The Guided Tour of approximately 40 minutes, features both the first and second floors. Facility also features the Adams Treasures Gift Shop.

Adams Museum
Deadwood, South Dakota 57732

Deadwood’s Adams Museum is the oldest history museum in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Our legends exhibit contains many artifacts from the Mining Camp days of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane. We also feature the Adams Brothers' Bookstore.

AKTA Lakota Museum and Cultural Center
Chamberlain, South Dakota 57325

Our museum is a tribute to the Sioux nation and offers visitors a rare and fascinating glimpse into the Lakota culture. Since the museum's opening in 1991, thousands of people worldwide have been captivated by the unparalleled style, scale and richness of the facility and its displays of Lakota life — both past and present. Visitors are taken on a visual journey through the proud history and heritage of the Sioux Nation and into the excitement of contemporary Sioux art.
Museum highlights include interactive displays, an audio/visual observation area, and a 36-foot diorama by renowned artist Tom Phillips. The gift shop offers original sculptures, paintings, and traditional crafts.

Armed Forces Military Display and Gifts
Wasta, South Dakota 57791

Privately-owned facility composed of foreign and domestic militaria including weapons, uniforms, photos and equipment from armed conflicts including WWI - WWII - through present day. Preserving the memories of service personnel is our goal. New to the site is a Vietnam era jet.

Badger Clark Historical Site, Custer State Park
Custer, South Dakota 57730

Charles Badger Clark was South Dakota's first Poet Laureate and lived within the park during his writing years. The structure is maintained in the same manner as during his living years. Badger Clark died in 1957.

Black Hills Mining Museum
Lead, South Dakota 57754

The Black Hills Mining Museum is a museum of mining history in the Black Hills, local museum and an educational museum. The museum offers a simulated mine tour that takes you on a tour of what underground mining was like as well as indoor gold panning. The museum also has a large archival collection pertaining to the city of Lead and the Homestake Mining Company.

Bramble Park Zoo
Watertown, South Dakota 57201

Bramble Park Zoo is a 15 acre AZA accredited facility in Watertown, SD. Experience over 800 animals from around the world, including those native to South Dakota. Other features include the Discovery Center, Terry Redlin Environmental Center, and Children's Petting Zoo.

Brandon Historical Society
Brandon, South Dakota 57005

Documenting the history of Brandon, SD and the surrounding area. In the 1916 Brandon School with four rooms.

Buechel Memorial Lakota Museum
St. Francis, South Dakota 57572

The many unique artifacts demonstrate the Mission's enduring respect for the traditions, culture, and history of the Lakota of the Rosebud Reservation. Gift shop with items from local vendors.

Campbell Straw Bale Built Museum
Carthage, South Dakota 57323

Campbell Straw Bale Museum is a unique building--stucco with inner walls of straw, using corn as fuel. The interior is rustic in appearance, compatible with the exhibits inside. Building is "green" built.

Casey Tibbs South Dakota Rodeo Center
Fort Pierre, South Dakota 57532

The Casey Tibbs South Dakota Rodeo Center is a historical museum devoted to South Dakota rodeo heritage. Memorabilia of the many world-class riders who have made South Dakota famous will be on exhibit, including the collections of superstars such as world champion Casey Tibbs and trick rider, Mattie Goff-Newcomb.

Displays and exhibits feature the history and collections of contributions made by South Dakota rodeo clowns, announcers, queens, and entertainment acts as well as stock contractors, early ranch life, and cowboys.

Exhibits feature orgnizations such as Little Britches, 4-H, Great Plains Indian Association, High School & Junior High Rodeo groups and the South Dakota Rodeo Association in the two story building overlooking the Missouri River

Cecil & Phyllis Melcher Museum, Inc.
Platte, South Dakota 57369

We are promoting history and settlement of South Dakota with particular emphasis on the Platte area. There are also a few exhibits from the 1950s-1970s, a wildlife exhibit, a doll collection, and a veterans memorial. Additional displays are forthcoming.

Center for Western Studies
Sioux Falls, SD 57197

The mission of the Center for Western Studies at Augustana College is preserving and interpreting the history and cultures of the Northern Plains.
The Center serves as a repository for over 500 substantive collections and maintains a library in excess of 36,000 volumes on the American West. In addition, the Center holds an extensive art and artifact collection and sponsors annual events such as the Boe Forum, the June Dinner Theater Event, the Dakota Conference, and the Artists of the Plains Art Show. With more than 70 publications to its credit, the Center is the largest academic publisher in South Dakota.

Charles Mix County Historical Restoration Society
Geddes, South Dakota 57342

We have a Historic Village with historical buildings over 100 years old. Log cabin, rural schoolhouse, original chairs, and Peter Norbeck boyhood home along with museum displaying local memorabilia, Native American and pioneer.

Clay County Historical Society
Vermillion, South Dakota 57069

The Austin-Whittemore House was built in 1882. Visit a restored Victorian Home with period furnishings; local history displays; tours welcome with advanced notice; candlelight tours of home first Friday in December. Also included are local family histories, oral histories, Clay and Vermillion County history, geneaological information on local families.

Codington County Heritage Museum
Watertown, South Dakota 57201

The Codington County Heritage Museum is located in the former Carnegie Library building in uptown Watertown, South Dakota. Watertown is in the heart of the historic and scenic Coteau des Prairie and is the seat of Codington County. The museum’s collections include thousands of local history artifacts, 200 linear feet of archival material, and more than 3,500 photographs. The museum staff provides group tours, research assistance, programs, workshops, and slide presentations. The museum displays both permanent and temporary exhibits, including a turn of the century Victorian home, a country school, a dry goods and general store, a 1920’s dentist office, and a military display. The museum also hosts various programs, workshops, and traveling exhibits throughout the year.

Cramer-Kenyon Heritage Home
Yankton, South Dakota 57078

Located in the historical riverfront district, the Cramer-Kenyon Heritage Home has the architectural design of Eastlake Stick Style, with an elegant Queen Anne interior. This home features its original tall double doors, gas/electric chandeliers, and high-coved ceilings. Mantel pieces encase the European tiles that surround each of the four fireplaces.

Crazy Horse Memorial
Crazy Horse, South Dakota 57730-8900

Crazy Horse Memorial mountian carving in progress. Extensive collection of Native American art and artifacts housed in several museum galleries. Large collection of sculptures by Crazy Horse sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski.

Custer County 1881 Courthouse Museum
Custer, South Dakota 57730

Historical Museum of Custer County and the surrounding Black Hills. Old pictures & items of historical value such as furniture, dishes, clothes & old truck, stage coach, sleigh, printing-press, books, rocks. Stuffed animals, Indian artifacts, uniforms, Custer Room & small items in cases for viewing.

Custer State Park
Custer, South Dakota 57730

Custer State Park encompasses nearly 71,000 acres of natural habitat in the central and southern Black Hills. To assist with the Park's educational efforts, the park provides two visitor centers, two historical sites, three scenic byways and a wealth of programming and exhibit services.

D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery
Spearfish, South Dakota 57783


One of the oldest operating hatcheries in the country, D.C. Booth is dedicated to fish culture and resource management. The hatchery was established in 1896 to stock trout populations in the Black Hills of South Dakota and Wyoming.

Still rearing trout for the Black Hills through a cooperative effort with the State, the hatchery is also a museum and archive that serves to protect and preserve our nation's fishery records and artifacts for educational, research, and historic purposes.

Stop by to feed the fish and ducks, view the trout through our underwater viewing area, tour the historic buildings, walk our nature trails, and visit the gift store.


Dacotah Prairie Museum
Aberdeen, South Dakota 57401

The Dacotah Prairie Museum of Aberdeen, South Dakota hosts a variety of both long and short-term exhibits relating to the Brown County area. The DPM also has two art galleries with approximately six shows in each annually, archive & photo collections, and programs available for learners of all ages.

Dahl Arts Center
Rapid City, South Dakota 57701

The Dahl Arts Center has served as the premier western South Dakota arts center for contemporary visual arts, arts education and performing arts since it opened in 1974. It is a public facility owned by the City of Rapid City and reopened in 2009 after large expansion and renovation.
The Dahl houses a flexible use 280-seat event center (which can also seat 200 at a sit-down dinner when it is not set up in theater setting), three visual arts galleries, an interactive kid's hands-on gallery, the Bernard P. Thomas Cyclorama Mural of American History, and adult and children's art classrooms. It is also the home of the Rapid City Arts Council.

Dakota Discovery Museum
Mitchell, South Dakota 57301

A five-building museum complex, the Randall building houses the Middle Border Art Gallery, the Oscar Howe Art Gallery, the Case Dakota Art Gallery, the Charles Hargens Studio & Gallery and two changing gallery spaces. The Complex also includes the 1886 Italianate Beckwith House, 1885 Sheldon School, 1908 Farwell Church & 1914 Dimock RR Depot

Dakota Sunset Museum
Gettysburg, South Dakota 57442

The award-winning Dakota Sunset Museum opened in 1990 and a major expansion was completed in 2006. Highlights include a 40-ton Sacred Medicine Rock, imbedded with human prints; a Civil War exhibit honoring 200 veterans who settled Potter County; a big game animal collection which includes the North American "Grand Slam;" an 1870 Native American dress; antique furnishings & barbershop; complete blacksmith shop & tools; one-room country school & barn; former General Store; and over 15,000 Potter County & area obituaries for family research.

Dakota Territorial Museum
Yankton, South Dakota 57078

The Museum houses interesting and unique pieces associated with the Territorial Period and beyond. Outbuildings include a restored one-room schoolhouse and an 1892 Great Northern Rail Depot. Also featured is an extensive collection of fishing reels and outboard motors. Operated by Yankton County Historical Society.

Dakotaland Museum
Huron, South Dakota 57350

While visiting Huron, take time to tour the Dakotaland Museum that is full of artifacts that represent the heritage of Huron and Beadle County, take a tour of the well preserved Pyle House Museum or tour the Railroad and Model Train Museum.

Daneville Heritage Museum
Viborg, South Dakota 57070

Located in what was once a hatchery and then the Viborg Vet Clinic, the Daneville Heritage Museum celebrates and preserves the history of the Viborg area and its inhabitants. Displays include blacksmith tools, the Hooker, SD post office, pioneer dinnerware, doll collection, Christmas room, household items and collections.

Day County Museum
Webster, South Dakota 57274

If you are looking for an interesting and educational way to spend your time, visit the Day County Museum located the the basement of the Day County courthouse.

The hundreds of articles on display afford visitors teh opportunity to step back in time and enjoy a glimpse of the past. Much of the history of Day County is preserved through the loans or donations by people whose forefathers wore, used or treasured the items. Enjoy the local history of Day County.

Day County Museum
Webster, South Dakota 57274

A museum of local and county history.

Days of 76 Museum
Deadwood, South Dakota 57732

Days of '76 Museum evolved as part of the Days of '76 Celebration Parade and Rodeo started in 1923. Collections include over 50 horse-drawn vehicles, costumes, archives, photographs, rodeo memorabilia, and the Don Clowser collection of old west pioneer and Native American art and artifacts.

Douglas County Historical Society
Armour, South Dakota 57313

We are housed in a 1902 building originally built for the Register of Deeds and auditor. The building is on the National Register. We have general exhibits and an 1886, fully furnished, house built by the Milwaukee Railroad for its sectional foreman; and an 1884 one-room school, also furnished, and used for school days every May.

Dunham Historical Society/
Jerauld County Pioneer Museum

Wessington Springs, South Dakota 57382

Jerauld County Pioneer Museum consists of four buildings. The main building, the Heritage Center, contains memorabilia and print information relating to the history of Jerauld County and its immediate area. There are seven rooms of artifacts and archives area which houses genealogy information, historical records of the county, the townships, and the towns of Alpena, Lane and Wessington Springs.
Other buildings include the one-room rural school, a blacksmith shop,containing a forge and many hand-made tools, and the Dean Annex, a former country doctor's clinic. The Museum is sponsored and maintained by the Dunham Historical Society.

Eide-Dalrymple Art Gallery
Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57197

Located in the new Visual Arts Center on the Augustana College Campus, the gallery features changing exhibits by professional regional artists, as well as student shows and occasional ethnographic exhibits. The gallery also houses a permanent collection of signed original prints and ethnographic art.

Elkton Museum and Historical Society
Elkton, South Dakota 57026

Artifacts, records, collection of Elkton Newspapers and photos. Articles depicting Elkton's History; large collection of shoes, genealogical resources, Church history, photographs, vintage clothing, military uniforms Elkton History books, and much more.

Fall River County Historical Society
Hot Springs, South Dakota 57747

Fall River County Historical Society is responsible for the Pioneer School House Museum,an 1880 school house containing items that detail the history of the county.

Faulk County Historical Society
Faulkton, South Dakota 57438

The Faulk County Historical Society features the restoration of the 1882 Pickler Mansion, home of South Dakota's first Congressman, on the south edge of Faulkton. The home contains 20 rooms, including a "secret" room. The Society also maintains a separate museum building.

Fort Meade Museum
Fort Meade, South Dakota 57741

Located in the 1903 Headquarter building of the 1878 military post, the museum displays many remnants of the historic peacekeeping old post and faithfully preserves them. There are numerous momentos of the colorful units and the troopers who served at the Fort Meade Museum. Topics include military history from Native Americans, 1874 Custer expedition, Little Big Horn, return of the 7th to establish the post, Star Spangled Banner, and closing the post in 1944.

Fort Sisseton Historic State Park
Lake City, South Dakota 57247

Experience a unique niche in Dakota Territory history at Historic Fort Sisseton. Step back in time with interpreters and tour through the 14 original buildings and museum. Summer living history programs depict blacksmithing, bread baking, soldiering, and carpentry in the post-Civil War era. The June Festival captures both historians and western romantics and transports them to the peak of the Fort's existence. Visit for the day or stay for the weekend, a campground and camping cabins are available.

Four Mile Old West Town
Custer, South Dakota 57730

Outdoor living-history town. Open-door buildings contain artifacts and furniture. People in costume will greet you. Recorded messages of how people lived in Four Mile during its heyday. Melodramas on Friday evenings at 6:30 (Memorial Day to Labor Day) and single person presentations. Food and shopping. Great family fun.

Garretson Area Historical Society
Garretson, South Dakota 57030

An area Museum with local historical items from local businessmen and farm area. Our aim is to continue having the organization provide the local area of past history into the future. Exhibits include a beauty shop, rural school room, military area, bedroom and kitchen.

Geddes Library
Geddes, South Dakota 57342

We are in the process of renovating a 1901 2 story building into a library/museum complex including a space for artists. We are just getting started and we hope to be opening soon.

Grand River Museum
Lemmon, South Dakota 57638

Experience the thrill of holding real dinosaurs bones. View actual Triceratops and Pachy skulls and many fossils from Edmontosaurus. All from local area. Presented with a creation world view.
Cowboy/Ranching and Lakota Sioux displays - including a 16 ft. tipi. Read about Hugh Glass, G.E. (Ed) Lemmon, and other local heroes. Activities for young and young-at-heart. All ages will enjoy the interpretation center. Dino dig each summer.

Great Plains Zoo and Delbridge Museum of Natural History
Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57104

As an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the Great Plains Zoo features over 1,000 animals from around the world in our 45-acre park. The Delbridge Museum of Natural History features an impressive collection of 150 mounted animals including 36 “vanishing species”.
The initial Zoo in Sioux Falls was developed in the 1880’s by Senator Richard F. Pettigrew who housed a few specimens of animals for viewing in the local parks around Sioux Falls, with the largest group being housed at McKennan Park. In 1930, the Sioux Falls Parks systems assumed responsibility for zoo development and added additional specimens for permanent display in Sherman Park, just south of the zoo’s present location.

Gregory County Historical Society
Dallas, South Dakota 57529

Museum is located on Main Street in Dallas, SD. It is the former St. Augustine Catholic Church, which is listed on the National Historic Register. Contains memorabilia from Gregory County and the surrounding area.

Heritage Hall Museum & Archives
Freeman, South Dakota 57029

Heritage Hall Museum features Plains Indian Artifacts of the 19th century and the history of pioneer settlers and early life in South Dakota. The museum has the largest privately owned Indian artifact exhibit in the state of South Dakota, with over 450 original artifacts. Other highlights include a 1927 Lincoln-Page Bi-plane, a large wildlife display, pioneer tools and farm machinery, rare motorcycles, historic churches and a rural school, musical instruments, a toy collection, and an archive of over 10,000 items.
The Freeman Museum & Archives is dedicated to the preservation of rare articles used by our ancestors on the way to our standard of living today. It is our desire to leave a record for our children's children to understand and learn from their ancestors.

Hermosa Arts and History Museum
Hermosa, South Dakota 57744-0175

The Museum was created in the 1889 Hermosa school to preserve, interpret and educate visitors about the cultural and historical aspects of the Hermosa area. Artifacts and historical memorabilia fro the Hermosa area is on exhibit. The museum is on Second Street in the middle of town.

Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center
Deadwood, SD 57732

The Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center (HARCC) is home to the extensive records of Homestake Gold Mine Company, Henry Frawley Law Office, Adams Museum and Historic Adams House. The center is open to the public and serves as both a research center and as a hub for educational and entertaining activies where classes, workshops, conferences, receptions, meetings, camps, etc. are held in the lecture hall and boardroom space on the second floor.

Hyde County Historical and Genealogical Society
Highmore, South Dakota 57345

History

Ingalls Homestead
DeSmet, South Dakota 57231

Welcome to Ingalls Homestead! Pa Ingalls set claim to this quarter section in 1880. Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote many of her Little House stories about this land. Plan an old-fashioned family day!

International Vinegar Museum
Roslyn, South Dakota 57261

One-of-a-kind museum featuring the history, uses, and making of vinegar. See 100's of vinegars from around the world; explore a vinegar tasting bar. Gift shop has apparel, souvenirs, and of course, great vinegars!

J.W. Parmley Historical Home Society
Ipswich, South Dakota 57451

The J.W. Parmley Historical Home Society maintains two facilities. The Parmley House is the historical home of J.W. Parmley, an Edmunds County pioneer, county official, and state legislator. The Parmley House is furnished with many of the Parmley family historical items. The society also maintains the J.W. Parmley Western Lands Office and adjacent Edmunds County Memorial Park on Main Street in Ipswich. The Land Office contains historical exhibits from Ipswich and Edmunds County.

Klein Museum
Mobridge, South Dakota 57601

Everyone is invited to stop in and see the wide variety of exciting historical and regional exhibits we have displayed. The museum is filled with Native American and Pioneer artifacts with 98% of the items from the area. Outdoor buildings include 1910s Post Office, School and House, all restored. A new log cabin exhibits hundreds of toy model farm tractors and several scale model farm machinery pieces. Replica of an Arikira lodge.

Lake Norden Historical Society
Lake Norden, South Dakota 57248

Kirk School - One room schoolhouse (furnished)
Pole Barn - Agriculture artifacts, fire engine, many old items for farming and blacksmithing
Museum - Lake Norden School pictures, books, bell etc. Also features kitchen, sitting room, parlor (furnished). Many artifacts of area...also pictures and books on genealogy.

Lennox Area Historical Society
Lennox, South Dakota 57039

Once a hospital, this 3-story brick building houses many artifacts, articles, and items donated by local residents that have relevance to the Lennox area. Rooms have themes such as music, school, church, military, kitchen, etc.

Little Village Farm Museum
Dell Rapids, South Dakota 57022

8 restored buildings. Restored 50’ Round Barn, 30’x40’ Loft Barn, 28’ x 26’ barn, 36’ round chicken barn, 42-6 sided chicken barn, 16-sided building, all buildings full of agri-related, home-related materials from 1840 to 1940.On historical register. Area for lunches, family gatherings, parties available.

Loriks Peterson Heritage House
Oldham, South Dakota 57051

The Loriks-Peterson Heritage House is on the National Register of Historical Places. The home was built by Pete Peterson in 1909 and purchased by Emil Loriks in 1976. The museum was dedicated on July 4, 1976.

Major James McLaughlin Heritage Center
McLaughlin, South Dakota 57642

A general museum with emphasis on local history, agriculture, Native Americans, Mahto Post Office, country school display. We house many newspaper and magazine articles about Corson County and its people. There is a special James McLaughlin family display and historical documents.

Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Hot Springs, South Dakota 57747

More than 26,000 years ago, large Columbian and woolly mammoths were trapped and died in a spring-fed pond near what is now the southwest edge of Hot Springs, South Dakota. Discovered by chance in 1974 while excavating for a housing development the Mammoth Site is the world's largest Columbian mammoth exhibit and research center for Pleistocene studies.

Mellette Memorial Association
Watertown, South Dakota 57201

We own and operate the Mellette House, home of Arthur Mellette, the first Governor of South Dakota. The home is beautifully restored with many of the family's original furnishings.

Experience life first hand in an elegant Italianate 1885 Dakota Territory home. Mellette House is renowned not only because of its spectacular architecture but because of the remarkable family that built it and occupied it for the first ten years of its existence.

Midland Pioneer Museum
Midland, South Dakota 57552

The facility contains a complete history of the area surrounding Midland, SD. Exhibits are on surrounding ranch and farming areas. We feature pioneer history--their wares and their lifestyle. We also feature railroad history. The museum is located in the original CNW Depot.

Miner County Rural Life Museum
Miner County Historical Society

Howard, South Dakota 57349

The museum tells the story of the Miner County area from pre-Louisiana Purchase days to the present, covering bits of geology, Native Americans, discovery, homesteading, railroads, farming, government, education, electricity, the Great Depression, World Wars, business development, and more. The museum hosts a variety of exhibits and a research room.

Minnilusa Pioneer Museum
Rapid City, South Dakota 57701

Encounter Jim Bridger, General George Armstrong Custer, Wild Bill Hickock, as well as the great Sioux leaders, Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse and Red Cloud - they all made their mark on history here, and they will leave an indelible impression on you. A pioneer museum located in The Journey Museum. Historical collections and Archives.

Minuteman Missile National Historic Site
Philip, South Dakota 57567

Minuteman Missile National Historic Site is one of the nation's newest national park areas. It was created to illustrate the history and significance of the Cold War, the arms race, and intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) development. The National Park Service is currently involved in the planning process to determine the future of this site.

The facilities represent the only remaining intact components of a nuclear missile field that consisted of 150 Minuteman II missiles, 15 launch control centers, and covered over 13,500 square miles of southwestern South Dakota.

Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village
Mitchell, South Dakota 57301

The prehistoric Indian village archeological site. This national treasure entices visitors to imagine what it was like to live in a 1,000-year old former plains village. The village also creates a bridge to past- and present-day Native American art, culture, and communities. Discover fun, engaging, and educational activities for the entire family. Archeodome houses actual dig site. The only archaeological site is SD open to the public.

Moody County Historical Society
Flandreau, South Dakota 57028

The Main building contains displays of early Moody County items and houses family history files. We have many Native American files, over 2500 photos. Other buildings are and early Mission Church, rural school and railroad depot.Collections include the Dakota Archives (Flandreau Santee Sioux history), Reva Smith photo gallery and Family history center.

Museum At Black Hills Institute
Hill City, South Dakota 57745

The Museum at Black Hill Institute is located in a WPA constructed city auditorium dedicated in 1938, and features the world-renown Black Hills Institute collection of fossils. It also hosts displays belonging to the Black Hills Museum of Natural History, a separate non-profit organization. The walls are lined with cases full of fossil vertebrates, invertebrates and ancient skeletons. The star of our show is STAN, one of the most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex specimens ever found!

Museum of Geology
Rapid City, South Dakota 57701

World-class fossils of Badlands mammals, marine reptiles and dinosaurs. Superb exhibits of meteorites, minerals, ores, gold. Free Admission. Opportunities for summer field Paleo classes. Also check out the gift shop for fun activities, books and toys.

Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society
Pierre, South Dakota 57501

Premier museum on South Dakota history at the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center. The 15,000 sq. ft. gallery exhibit The South Dakota Experience covers the state from prehistory through the 20th century. Visitors can walk through a Sioux summer tipi, hear homesteader’s stories in a sod house, and design a 20th-century bungalow kitchen. They can listen to a creation story in Lakota, milk a model cow, and listen in on party line phone calls. Exhibit won an Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History in 2006.

Museum of Wildlife, Science and Industry of NE South Dakota
Webster, South Dakota 57274

Offers a glimpse of the past in 23 buildings. The unique exhibits show the history of military, agricultural and pioneer life. Plan on spending some time at the "best kept secret of NE South Dakota." Twelve buildings containing historical collections including antique tractors, cars, and mounted wildlife. Eleven buildings were moved to the site and restored. Gov. Sigurd Anderson memorabilia, SD’s only Shoe House, and SD State Fishing Museum are all included in the museum.

National Music Museum
Vermillion, South Dakota 57069

Founded in 1973 on the campus of The University of South Dakota in Vermillion, the National Music Museum & Center for Study of the History of Musical Instruments is one of the great institutions of its kind in the world. Its renowned collections, which include more than 15,000 American, European, and non-Western instruments from virtually all cultures and historical periods, are the most inclusive anywhere.

Newell Museum
Newell, South Dakota 57760

Housed in the historic Bushnell Building, the Newell Museum is a general local history museum with a one-room school, log cabin, church, and barn. Included in the vast assembly is agricultural and irrigation, family life and histories, school, church, Native Americans, the Fur Trade, military, and toys.

Nicollet Tower & Interpretive Center
Sisseton, South Dakota 57262

See three states atop the 75ft. tower. Enjoy the film "Dakota Encounters" about French map maker Joseph N. Nicollet's 1830s mapping of the area.

Oglala Lakota College Woksape Tipi Library and Archives
Kyle, South Dakota 57752

We are an archive housed within the main branch of the library. We house tribal records, college records, microfilm, maps, audiovisual, special collections, and artifacts.

Outdoor Campus
Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57106

The Outdoor Campus is a great place to get acquainted with South Dakota's natural amenitites via the campus' huge stream-bank aquarium or its ongoing classes on fishing, hunting, canoeing and camping. It is an 100-acre park with a museun, walking trails, butterfly garden and classes. The Outdoor Campus is a joint project of the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks and the City of Sioux Falls Parks & Recreation Department.

Peter Norbeck Visitor Center, Custer State Park
Custer, South Dakota 57730

Over 30 prominent exhibits that detail the park's natural and cultural history. Visitors can see wildlife dioramas, CCC bunkhouse, gold panning and a 330-year old tree. The visitor center is the main interpretive and educational point inside the park. The facility is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Pettigrew Home & Museum
Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57104

The Pettigrew Home & Museum has been featured in Smithsonian Institution and National Geographic publications. Its detailed woodwork, silk damask wall coverings, jeweled glass windows, and authentic furnishings provide a peek into the life of a turn of the century political family.

Pioneer Auto Show and Prairie Town
Murdo, South Dakota 57559

Pioneer Auto Show has over 250 collectable cars, motorcycles, tractors, music boxes, bygone toys, and nostalgic items. Explore 42 buildings that include 250 cars, an entire Prairie Town, toys, 60 tractors, 60 motorcycles, animations, music boxes, and the Zeitner collection of rocks. Visit our diner and gift shop.

Pollock Visitor and Interpretive Center
Pollock, South Dakota 57648

Our building was opened on July 24, 1904. It is a 30 x 80 foot log-fronted structure. We have on display indian artifacts, historical tools and locally handmade clocks. We feature of the moving town of Pollock. In addition we have Lewis and Clark information.

Exhibits are changed monthly; the changing exhibits include handmade doilies, dolls (some as old as 90 years), handmade quilts, jewelry, afghans and music boxes.

Prairie Homestead
Philip, South Dakota 57567

An original set of homestead buildings including a sod dugout home. Built in 1909 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.

Redfield’s Historic Chicago and Northwestern Depot
Redfield, South Dakota 57469

Restored 1914 C&NW Depot with original oak woodwork, marble floors and gargoyles! On display: telegraph equipment, railroad memorabilia and special feature rotating exhibits.

Sioux Council Scout Museum
Sioux Falls , South Dakota 57104

Extremely diverse and extensive collection of uniforms, equipment, manuals and photographs capturing the history of the Boy Scouts of America since its founding in 1910.

Sioux Empire Medical Museum
Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57117

A diverse collection of medical history provides new appreciation for today's medical care. Exhibits include an Iron Lung and past examples of a patient room, pediatrics area and nursery, and a surgery center.

Siouxland Heritage Museums / Old Courthouse Museum
Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57104

Completed in 1893 with a landmark clock tower, this beautifully restored quartzite building features three floors of regional history exhibits. Visitors can tour the exhibits and explore the building's grand courtroom, elegant law library, hallway murals, and more.

Smith-Zimmerman Museum
Madison, South Dakota 57042

Collections and exhibits focus on the ethnic history of the early settlements in Lake County and surrounding regions in eastern South Dakota From 1860 to present. Highlights include period rooms, covered wagon, velocipede, and pioneer artifacts.

South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum
Brookings, South Dakota 57007

The SD Agricultural Heritage Museum is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of objects that relate to South Dakota's agricultural and rural heritage. The museum tells the story of South Dakota's vast and varied agricultural past and the determination it took to survive on the land.

South Dakota Air and Space Museum
Box Elder, South Dakota 57719

A unique opportunity to view aviation history as you stroll among the aircraft and missiles on display. Walk around General Eisenhower's personal B-25 transport from World War II; see a Minuteman II Missile Launch Control Center; and learn how mankind took the first tentative steps toward the stars! Mid-May through Mid-September we offer bus tours of Ellsworth AFB and the Minuteman Silo for a nominal charge. Gift Shop available. The museum is located just outside the Main Gate of Ellsworth Air Force Base. It is not necessary to obtain a Base pass. Cameras are welcome.

South Dakota Art Museum
Brookings, South Dakota 57707

Since 1970, the South Dakota Art Museum has been a place for people from many different parts of the world to enjoy the artistic legacy of South Dakota. Permanent galleries, changing exhibitions, publications, lectures, workshops, and guided tours provide the link between artist and viewer. The museum features six spacious galleries, the museum store, and kid's sensation station.

South Dakota Hall Of Fame
Chamberlain, South Dakota 57325

Biographies of SD Hall Of Fame Honorees. Histories and videao programs of South Dakota People. Interactive exhibits, computer kiosks, memorabilia, artifacts, theater.

The South Dakota Hall of Fame is a non-profit, non-governmental organization recognizing South Dakotans who stand above the rest. Each year The South Dakota Hall of Fame hosts an induction ceremony during which up to 15 individuals may be inducted into one of the 15 Categories of Recognition. Anyone may submit a Nomination Form to The South Dakota Hall of Fame, with one primary qualification; the man or woman must have lived some portion of his or her life in the state of South Dakota.

South Dakota Historical Society Foundation
Pierre, South Dakota 57501

Non-profit partner to the South Dakota State Historical Society.

South Dakota National Guard Museum
Pierre, South Dakota 57501

The Museum traces the beginnings of the South Dakota National Air and Army National Guard from the days of the Dakota Territory (1860's) to the present with an emphasis on various wars and conflicts, interpreting for citizens, veterans and young people the story of the South Dakota National Guard. Our goal is to create a better understanding, in the displays, of the significant role played by the South Dakota National Guard throughout history.The museum provides a repository for memoriabelia and historic documents pertaining to the SD National Guard.

South Dakota State Railroad Museum
Hill City, South Dakota 57745

The SDSRM offers a variety of memorabilia, artifacts and displays from the railroads of South Dakota from the late 1860's to the current time. Interactive exhibits and items of interest to all ages. Located next to the Black Hills Central Railroad in Hill City.

South Dakota Tractor Museum
Kimball, South Dakota 57355

Providing guided tours of restored historic tractors, farm machinery, windmill, buggies, one-room schoolhouse, blacksmith shop, antique cars, historic tools, early 1900 household furniture. Gift shop available. Bus tours welcome.

Spink County Historical Scoiety
Redfield, South Dakota 57469

Early pioneer memorabilia; a varied inventory of service memoriabelia, carriages, and artifacts from the area. Displays include our collection of birds, butterflies, stuffed animals, rodents, and seashells; some native-American artifacts; early farm machinery and horse-drawn items; military items from most wars; collections of early newspapers and area pictures. Approximately 5000+ square feet on two levels with heat and A/C.

Springfield College Museum
Springfield, South Dakota 57062

A museum housing memorabilia from the college known as Southern State College that was located in Springfield from 1896 to 1984.

Springfield Historical Society
Springfield, South Dakota 57062

The Springfield Historical Society Museum displays a large variety and an accurate collection of the community's history. Some of the features you will see at the museum are: Collection of Antique Horse-drawn Farm Machinery; Dental Office 1910 X-ray Machine; St. Mary's School for Indian Girls artifacts; Model Main Street; and Largest Collection of Sea Shells in the Midwest, more than 5000 Shells from All Over the World. TV viewing room with DVD's of Springfield history and Missouri River history.

Stavig House
Sisseton, South Dakota 57262

Hear stories of Scandinavian immigration and see the Victorian style, 10 bedroom Stavig family house built in 1916, where the SDPB program, "The Stavig Letters" was filmed.

Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame
Sturgis, South Dakota 57785

Established in 2001, the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame is home to an ever-growing variety of motorcycles dating back to 1909. On display are a huge selection of American and metric bikes along with a wide variety of exhibits, photographs, memorabilia, and Sturgis Motorcycle Rally history. A gift shop offers a wide variety of items ranging from motorcycle patches to fine jewlery and books.

The Journey Museum
Rapid City, South Dakota 57701

Four Museums in one building. Sioux Indian Museum; Museum of Geology; archaeology Research Center and Minnilusa Pioneer Museum. Facility rentals and group tours available.

Timber Lake and Area Historical Society
Timber Lake, South Dakota 57656

Local and regional history museum with extensive photographic and genealogical collections, marine fossils, and dinosaur artifacts. Exhibits change frequently.

Trails, Trains & Pioneers Museum
Edgemont, South Dakota 57735

Museum depicting Edgemont area history with exhibits about topics from petroglyphs to railroads.

Tri-State Museum
Belle Fourche, South Dakota 57717

The Tri-State Museum celebrates the history, culture, and heritage of the region, preserving artifacts from the early settlement of the Tri-State area, including the corners of South Dakota, Montana and Wyoming. The museum tells the stories of the early settlers and preserves them for the next generations of this area. Over 20 displays include the Black Hills Roundup rodeo history, Cattle Companies with Cowboy and Ranch history, the sheep and wool industry, Johnny Spaulding 1876 cabin, military and firearms displays, Butte County bank robbery history, and rotating displays.

Tripp County Historical Society
Winner, South Dakota 57580

Museum, park railroad depot converted into a Veterans Memorial, homestead house, two schools, two churches, M60 tank, and old farm machinery displayed outdoors and in a machine shed.

Union County Historical Society
Elk Point, South Dakota 57025

The mission of the Union County Historical Society is to develop an understanding, to preserve and to further an appreciation of the history of Union County, South Dakota. The Main Floor & Basement contain County oriented genealogy artifacts and Lewis & Clark displays.
A large Indian doll collection, women's clothing, and a horned chair are some of the highlights.
A newsletter is sent to Members quarterly detailing history and current events. Membership is $27.00 per family or $16.00 per individual

University of South Dakota Art Galleries
Vermillion, South Dakota 57069

The University Art Galleries maintain three galleries including the John A. Day Gallery and Gallery 110 in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts and the Oscar Howe Gallery in Historic Old Main. In addition, the UAG maintains several galleries on campus.

W.H. Over Museum
Vermillion, South Dakota 57069


Established in 1883, the W.H. Over Museum is the state's oldest museum. The W.H. Over Museum's mission is to collect, preserve, document, exhibit, research, sudy and interpret objects relating to the natural environment of South Dakota and the cultural heritage of its people, for the benefit of the citizens, visitors, and educational institutions of the state.

This is the state's largest collection of natural and cultural history. Hands-on natural history 'Discovery Room'. Stanley Morrow photographs of territorial days. Many animal mounts, historic firearms, Dakota Heritage Garden Gift Shop, library, and traveling exhibits. Also features David and Elizabeth Clark Memorial Collection of Sioux Indian Material.


Wildlife Station Visitor Center, Custer State Park
Custer, South Dakota 57730

Local natural history of the Black Hills; wildlife focus with park wildlife displays; building constructed by Civilian Conservation Corps.

Wounded Knee Museum
Wall, South Dakota 57790

Riveting photographs and descriptions tell the story of a small band of Lakota families who became the focus of the last major military operation of the U.S. Army to subdue the Native American tribes.


Please Note: Due to a structural fire, the museum is currently closed. Please check the Wounded Knee Museum blog at blog.woundedkneemuseum.org for updates and details


Yankton College
Yankton, South Dakota 57078

Yankton College, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, closed its doors over 25 years ago, but still maintains an administrative office that fulfills transcript requests and other college services, as well as alumni outreach, scholarship awarding and archival displays. The office has a small collection of college/student memorabilia and historical documents.