Museums Tour – Part 2

by Katlyn Richter on March 15, 2011 · 0 comments

Last year about this time we brought you on a whirlwind tour of many museums in South Dakota. You can see that post here. Well, we’re excited to show you a few more options, including one new museum, which you can add to your list of places to stop. South Dakota’s museums are a great place to learn about the culture and history of Native Americans, pioneers, and Old West characters. Many also provide a chance for children to experience some hands-on, interactive learning.

Children’s Museum of South Dakota, Brookings – Children will be ecstatic when they are able to jump, dance, play and imagine at this museum – and parents will be too since all the while their children will be learning! Kids can discover the prairie and how it has shaped the lives of those that live here, or create their own home and learn what makes a community. They can get all wet while learning the properties and characteristics of water by using buckets, pipes, and valves. Children can even turn into “mini explorers” while investigating South Dakota’s prairies, Badlands, Black Hills, and Missouri River. Children of all ages are able to enjoy this great South Dakota attraction.

Dakota Discovery Museum

Dakota Discovery Museum, Mitchell – The culture and history of the Upper Great Plains comes alive at the Dakota Discovery Museum. Art galleries, a history gallery, a restored 1886 Italianate home, and a 1914 railroad depot all bring visitors back in time. Children can experience life on the prairies through cultural activities at this museum.



South Dakota Tractor Museum, Kimball – This unique museum displays historic tractors and farm machinery to visitors. It’s located south of Interstate 90 at exit 284. In addition to tractors, visitors will also find an old windmill, a barn filled with horse-driven equipment, an old jail cell and other antiques. The museum is open during the summer months Monday through Saturday 9-5, and Sunday from 1-5. The museum charges no admission fee, but donations are welcome.
South Dakota Discovery Center & Aquarium, Pierre – This is a “science playground for the whole family.” Dozens of interactive exhibits and science activities will great the family upon arrival. Children will learn characteristics of electricity, magnetism, physics and be able to view many species of fish that call South Dakota’s Missouri River home.

Wall Drug Store, Wall – Not only is Wall Drug known as the “#1 Roadside Attraction in America” and for it’s amazing donuts and 5-cent coffee, but also for it’s world-class collection of western art estimated to be worth more than $3 million. The histories of not only this unique family business, but also great South Dakota events are prominently displayed throughout the hallways. 

Art collection in Wall Drug's dining area

 A complete listing of South Dakota museums can be found here and an extensive listing of South Dakota events can be found on our events calendar. It’s never too early to plan your trip to South Dakota, and for you South Dakotans, it’s always fun to explore what’s in your own backyard.

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