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Dacotah Prairie Museum

605.626.7117 (Hours click here)

(Month of October, 2020)

DPM October Hours
Tue. - Fri. 10am-5pm

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


Check out these activities: 

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.


The DPM will have a holiday raffle of cozy gift items from The Mercantile, our museum store.
1) A basket of cool-weather comfort items with a nod to Aberdeen and Brown County history and,
2) A Melissa & Doug 30” T-Rex plush toy with a gift shop gift card.
Raffle tickets can be purchased ($1 each) from Oct. 3, - Dec. 17

at the DPM; winners drawn on Dec. 18.



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

Oct. hours: Tue-Fri, 10am-5pm


Laurie Heupel's Photography Exhibit, "It Started with a Brownie" is now on display in the Dacotah Gallery. Laurie is a traveler’s photographer; her landscapes are vivid and sweeping while her vignettes are cheery and comfortable. Each piece is mounted on glass for a striking presentation with depth and life.


The Prairie Stitchers new exhibit just opened in the Lamont Gallery. Over 130 pieces, each unique and exquisitely hand-crafted pieces of art. Needlepoint, embroidery, quilting, cards, samplers, bags, ornaments, bookmarks, and framed works are on display.  Stitchers from all over the state of South Dakota are represented in this show.


Now Open on the Prairie Landing Gallery: "Stitches of History" artifacts from the Museum's collection of historic textiles. Now showing through Nov. 10.




Visit the campus of Northern State University and see the DPM’s “Women Win the Right to Vote” outreach exhibit on the 2nd floor of the Student Center; showing for a limited time. Learn about the major players in the fight to win the right to vote, many of whom who did not see the ratification of the 19th amendment in their lifetime.

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.


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



Buster invites families to visit the Frontier Town Children's Exhibit (Fridays, 1-5pm).


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: 1 - 5pm
(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)


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

Thank you for your support!

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