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605.626.7117 (Hours click here)

(WEEK OF March 19-31, 2020)

As of 03/27/20:

With an abundance of caution and to align with the schools, library and other public cultural institutions, the Dacotah Prairie Museum will remain closed to the public until Tuesday, May 5 (we are normally closed to the public on Mondays).


As of 03/19/20:

In accordance with federal government recommendations, and to align with the schools, library and other public cultural institutions, the Dacotah Prairie Museum will remain closed to the public until Tuesday, March 31 (we are normally closed to the public on Mondays).


But staff are available! Give us a call at 605.626.7117 or email us at with any questions. Thanks for hanging in there with us and hope to see you all again soon.


Hello Patrons,


As a public institution and community gathering place, the Dacotah Prairie Museum puts the well-being of our guests above all else. To that regard the DPM will be closed to the public for the next week beginning today until Tuesday, March 24 (we are normally closed to the public on Mondays). Our staff will be here as usual, so call or email us if you have a question or concern. 605.626.7117


Our “Mondays in March” workshops will be postponed and parents/guardians will be notified as to rescheduled dates.


Look for us to send out fun Facebook and Twitter posts this coming week (@dacotahprairie) so that we can keep in touch!


Stay well, be cautious, and take care,




Patricia Kendall, MSA






“Dakota Scenes & Quilts” by Mike & Cindy Sudlow

February 11 – May 3, 2020

Mike and Cindy Sudlow are local artists, each with their own unique talents. Cindy is a quilter and has enjoyed expressing her artist vision through fiber arts. Mike has always enjoyed painting but has recently thrown himself into this artistic pursuit with gusto. See their first joint-public exhibition at the Dacotah Prairie Museum’s Dacotah Gallery, 2nd floor.


OPENING FEB. 8, 2020!

2020 Traveling Exhibit: “TreeHouses: Look Who's Living in Trees”

A traveling exhibit from the Sciencenter of Ithaca, NY, featuring the world of trees!

Hang out…in two accessible indoor treehouses! Look for signs of animals that call trees home. Stomp on the Forest Sound Dance Floor to make woodpecker tapping sounds and turkey gobbles! Turn a tree into a house—and back again—using a Spin Browser. Stereo viewers show astonishing 3D photos of the smaller side of life hidden in trees. Be a responsible forester—learn about sustainable logging. Design and build a model treehouse. Be an animal tracker as you hunt for signs left by bear, raccoon and skunk!
Two accessible indoor TREE HOUSES! Children will learn about the animals that call trees home and spend time with many activity stations. Adults will enjoy the many details incorporated into the structures that will entertain and educate.
Feb. 8, 2020 through May 8, 2020.


Now Open!

"Re-Writing History" Creative Writing Project by
Frederick Area 6th Graders

This creative writing exhibit shows off the literary talents of Frederick Area School's 6th grade class. Students were give a random vintage photo of unknown origin and asked to imagine the story behind the image. Come see what creative stories these students produced along with the image and the student's photo.


April 21 & 22

All Dakota High School Fine Arts Exhibition
Gallery Hours at the Aberdeen Recreation & Cultural Center.

Eagles Nest, ARCC

Area high school art students from North and South Dakota participate in the annual high school art show with professional artists and a variety of art workshops. Student artwork will be on display the evenings of April 21 and 22 from 4-8pm in the ARCC's Eagles Nest. Free Admission.


Tuesday - Friday: 9am - 5pm
Saturday & Sunday: 1 - 4pm
(Closed Mondays & Major Holidays)

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm

Patricia Kendall - Director

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(Dacotah Prairie Museum Foundation
is an
exempt organization as described
Section 501(c) (3) of the
Internal Revenue Code.
EIN: 46-0389362)


Want to help support the Dacotah Prairie Museum?

Your donation contributes to conservation and preservation of artifacts, traveling exhibits, new technology, and numerous educational programs.

Thank you for your support!

2020 Tax Exempt Certificate

Dacotah Prairie Museum * 21 S Main St * Aberdeen, SD 57401 * 605.626.7117 *
"Things to do in Aberdeen, SD."