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605.626.7117 (Hours click here)

(Month of August, 2020)

Goodbye July... Hello August!
DPM August Hours (expanded):
Tue. - Fri. 1-5pm
Come see us, Buster has missed you!


The Dacotah Prairie Museum announces reopening.


Beginning July 8 and through the month of July, the DPM will be open limited hours of Wed., Thur., and Fri. afternoons, 1-4:30pm. In August, the DPM will expand hours to Tuesday through Friday, 1-5pm. During this time some hands-on activities and the children’s exhibit “Frontier Town” may be temporarily unavailable. Special children’s exhibit hours will be announced at a later date. “TreeHouses: Look Who’s Living in the Trees” traveling exhibit will be open through July.

Complimentary masks will be made available for guests, along with hand sanitizing stations and signage encouraging social distancing and one-way traffic through open exhibits. Masks are not required at this time but all guests are encouraged to follow CDC recommendations. If you are not feeling well, we kindly ask that you visit us when you are feeling better. Check the Museum’s website, Facebook and Twitter pages for updates on open hours, exhibits and events.




Open Gallery Hours: Wed. - Fri. 1-4:30pm for the month of July.



Limited spaces available. Some restrictions apply.

July 6-9 & July 13-16 @ Centennial Village

Instructor: Lora Schaunaman, Curator of Exhibits

Explore art in the open! Each day is a different theme with multiple projects. Campers will enjoy  in-depth art concepts tailored to 8-14yo.

Inspiration awaits! Take a trip to Centennial Village to be an artist for the morning. New theme daily. Be sure to wear weather-appropriate clothing, the days may be hot or rainy. Wear clothing that is best suited to working with glue, paint, etc. 





The DPM is offering complimentary guided tours in the month of June as we tentatively prepare to reopen to the public later this summer.


Two different tours to choose from…


Museum Exhibit Tour:


Reserve a spot now for one of our guided exhibit tours in June. Tours will be led by Lora Schaunaman, Curator of Exhibits, and will include a detailed, informative and entertaining look at the Museum’s current exhibits.


Go here to register:


Recommended for ages 10-Adult.

Children’s exhibit will remain closed for this tour. Hands-on activity stations will not be available for this tour.

Tour will be approximately 45 minutes and will involve walking with some stairs/elevator use to the second floor.

The Museum’s gift shop, The Mercantile, will be open during this time. Staff will assist visitors with product selection and purchasing.


As we navigate the current community health situation, we are asking our patrons to follow these protocols:

*If visitors are experiencing any symptoms relating to COVID19, we kindly ask you wait for another tour date when you are feeling healthy.

*Visitors will be asked to wear masks. You may wear your own or a disposable mask provided by the DPM. Visitors ages 10 and over will be asked to wear a mask.

*Limit personal belongings; ie: no bags, water bottles, strollers, etc.

*Hands-on touching of exhibits will be discouraged.

*Only 9 visitors per tour.



Historic Downtown Aberdeen Tour:


Reserve a spot now for one of our guided downtown Main Street tours in June. Tours will be led by Sherri Rawstern, Curator of Education, and will include a detailed, informative and entertaining look at the historic buildings of downtown Aberdeen, SD. Each tour will feature a different part of Main Street.


Go here to register:


Recommended for all ages.

Tour will be approximately 60 minutes and will involve walking outdoors with limited seating along Main Street available.

Recommend bringing your own water as the day may be hot.


As we navigate the current community health situation, we are asking our patrons to follow these protocols:

*If visitors are experiencing any symptoms relating to COVID19, we kindly ask you wait for another tour date when you are feeling healthy.

*Visitors may wear masks as they feel comfortable, however, masks will not be required during this tour.

*Keep a 6ft social distance from others, as possible, excluding family groups.


Questions? Call the Dacotah Prairie Museum at 605.626.7117, Mon-Fri, 8-5.


We’re looking forward to seeing you!
Follow us on Facebook & Twitter @dacotahprairie.



Attention all elementary students! (and parents/guardians)

WOW - Art Kits are wildly popular but our supplies are limited. You may find those "sold" out. Not to worry, History Packets are available!

The DPM will be offering HISTORY PACKETS & ART KITS for elementary-aged students on Mondays in June & July.

HISTORY ACTIVITY PACKETS: Word finds, coloring pages, quizzes, scrabbles, fun history facts, road trip ideas and scavenger hunts. Something different every week!
ART PROJECT KITS: Instruction sheet, supplies (some supplies needed from home) and examples on how you can create your own artwork. A different project every week!

PLEASE register so we know how many packets we need to create each week. You can request for some of the weeks or all of the weeks. Packets can be picked up Mondays, 8-11am at the 1st Ave Museum entryway. See registration site for more information. Enjoy!
Call the DPM with any questions at 605.626.7117.



"Are you open?" Not yet!
Please check back here, on our Facebook page, and Twitter page for updates on our reopening plans.

We are taking it one day at a time and it will take time for us to create a safe environment for patrons, staff and volunteers.
In the meantime, watch for our social media posts and videos to keep in touch; also, our gift shop is available for contactless-delivery or curbside pick-up!
Take care and stay tuned...




The Parks & Rec brochure came out in the weekend paper on Saturday, April 11. Truth is, all of the Museum's summer programming is up in the air. We talk about it frequently as the pandemic begins to affect South Dakota and Brown County. We are taking it day-by-day, week-by-week and hope to come to a decision on a revised camp schedule in the near future (or whenever it's safe and feasible to do so).
Updates on camps will be posted here, Twitter and Facebook. 
Hang in there and we'll do the same!




Hello Fellow #TogetherAtHome (or for us #MuseumAtHome)!

While you are whittling away the hours social distancing and washing hands, please give a us a look-see:




Or right here as we post updates.

We want to stay in touch and make the days a little lighter and a bit brighter until we can all be together again.

Have a question for us? Call us at 605.626.7117 or email us at

Hang in there, stay well and take care!
The DPM Staff




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.


September 19, 2020


At Centennial Village, Brown County Fair Grounds. 




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

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