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Dacotah Prairie Museum

605.626.7117 (Hours click here)

(Month of January, 2021)

​​​​​​​Gallery & Gift Shop Hours: Tue-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 11am-4pm

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Now Showing...

"Dacotah Prairie Museum, 50 Years and Growing..."
New semi-permanent exhibit highlighting the DPM's history, 2nd floor galleries.

Opening Saturday, January 9th in the Helen Bergh Education Room...
75 years of South Dakota Snow Queen Festival history!

Children's Frontier Town Exhibit NOW Open
Come see us, Buster has missed you!

Take a break and visit the Dacotah Prairie Museum’s latest exhibits!

We are now (back) open on Saturdays!
Starting Dec. 5, the DPM will be open 11am-4pm on Saturdays.

Regular weekday hours are: Tue. - Fri. 10am-5pm.

(For everyone's safety, we are asking patrons to please wear masks in the Museum, keep 6ft distance from others and be aware we may need to limit the number of visitors in the galleries and/or building.)

"West" Photography by Joshua Vincent

Christmas Tree Lane


The DPM is also now exhibiting at the NSU Harvey Jewett Science Center in the Rivett Foyer, “Epidemic!” an historical timeline of American epidemics from small pox in the 1840s to polio in the 1940s. Buildings on the campus of Northern State University are open to the public, 8am-5pm; per the South Dakota Board of Regents, masks must be worn inside buildings.


Check out this fun activity: 

Pick up a Downtown Aberdeen Main Street Scavenger Hunt from the DPM for future fun. Find clues on the buildings on Main street,  rearrange the answers to solve a cipher for a special message. This is intended for 10+ and can be fun for individuals, couples, friends, and families.  Grab a friend and walk Main Street!  Get a hot cocoa from Red Rooster if it’s chilly and enjoy an autumn stroll downtown.




We’re opening up a bit more of the exhibits at the Museum…


Buster invites families to visit the Frontier Town Children's Exhibit 


The staff are ready to open up a bit more of the regular exhibits, with modifications:

(You all have been really great about this and thanks for your understanding!)


*Only 10 total occupants in the children’s exhibit (all three areas) at a time.

*Be considerate and take turns with waiting families. If the exhibit is full, take a walk through the Museum’s exhibits and check back later.

*If it is a particularly busy day, please limit your time in the Children’s Exhibit to 30 minutes.

*Pick up/put away the exhibit hands-on items after you have enjoyed your time in the exhibit.

*New hand sanitizer stations have been installed in the Children's Exhibit!





Tuesday - Friday: 10am - 5pm
Saturday: 11am - 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!

2021 Tax Exempt Certificate


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