List of museums in South Dakota

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This list of museums in South Dakota encompasses museums defined for this context as institutions (including nonprofit organizations, government entities, and private businesses) that collect and care for objects of cultural, artistic, scientific, or historical interest and make their collections or related exhibits available for public viewing. Museums that exist only in cyberspace (i.e., virtual museums) are not included.

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Name Town/City County Region Type Summary
1881 Courthouse Museum Custer Custer Western Local history website
Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve McCook Lake Union Southeast Open air website, park with historic Shay-Adams Home with period furnishings, barn, country school and church
Adams Museum & House Deadwood Lawrence Western Local history Exhibits include folk art, Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane and Deadwood Dick
Akta Lakota Museum Chamberlain Brule Central Native American website, profiles the lives of nomadic Plains Indians
Armed Forces Military Display and Gifts Wasta Pennington Western Military information, private museum displaying foreign and domestic militaria from WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam and current US conflicts
Augustana College Art Galleries Sioux Falls Minnehaha Southeast Art website, part of Augustana College
Austin-Whittemore House Museum Vermillion Clay Southeast Local history information, operated by the Clay County Historical Society
Badlands National Park Interior Jackson Western Natural history Visitor center exhibits include the geology, paleontology and natural history of the park
Badlands Petrified Garden Kadoka Jackson Western Natural history website, rocks, minerals and fossils
Beauvais Heritage Museum Clark Clark Northeast Open air website, complex includes museum with period displays, Clark Railroad Depot, a settler's shanty, a pioneer church and school; also known as Clark County Museum
Big Thunder Gold Mine Keystone Pennington Western Mining website, includes mine tour and museum
Black Hills Mining Museum Lead Lawrence Western Mining website, gold mine
Black Hills Museum of Natural History Hill City Pennington Western Natural history Fossils, dinosaurs, gems, minerals, meteorites
Bon Homme Heritage Museum Tyndall Bon Homme Southeast Local history information
Borglum Historical Center Keystone Pennington Western Biographical website, Mount Rushmore sculptor Gutzon Borglum
Buechel Memorial Lakota Museum St. Francis Todd Central Native American website, history of the Lakota of the Rosebud Indian Reservation
Buffalo Historical Museum Buffalo Harding Western Local history information, includes museum and 1914 one room schoolhouse
Buffalo Interpretive Center Fort Pierre Stanley Central Natural history website, story of the buffalo, its importance and significance in the North American Indian cultures of the Great Plains, and its relationship to the people of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe
Campbell Original Straw Bale Built Museum Carthage Miner Southeast Local history website, located in a building built out of straw bales
Casey Tibbs South Dakota Rodeo Center Fort Pierre Stanley Central Sports website, opening 2009, South Dakota rodeo heritage and memorabilia
Cecil & Phyllis Melcher Museum Platte Charles Mix Southeast Local history information, located in the Lyric Theatre, includes dolls, wildlife of South Dakota, toy tractors and tractors, arts of local areas, cars and a military room
Center for Western Studies Sioux Falls Minnehaha Southeast American West website, part of Augustana College, exhibits include Native American artifacts, 19th century replica Norwegian living room, Jim Savage art studio, changing exhibits from its collections
Chapel in the Hills Rapid City Pennington Western Historic site Stave church replica of the Borgund stave church in Norway and 19th century Norwegian log cabin
Classic Wheels Museum Clark Clark Northeast Transportation website, includes antique vehicles, toy cars, model trains
Codington County Heritage Museum Watertown Codington Northeast Local history History and heritage of Codington County and the Coteau des Prairie region of northeastern South Dakota
Corsica Historical Museum Corsica Douglas Southeast Local history website
Cramer Kenyon Heritage Home Yankton Yankton Southeast Historic house information, 1880s Victorian mansion
Crazy Horse Memorial Crazy Horse Custer Western Multiple Monumental sculpture of Crazy Horse, Indian Museum of North America, and the Native American Cultural Center
Custer State Park Custer Custer Western Multiple Includes Peter Norbeck Center with natural history and cultural heritage displays, and Badger Hole, the historic house of poet Badger Clark
Dacotah Prairie Museum Aberdeen Brown Northeast Multiple website, natural, cultural and local history
Dahl Arts Center Rapid City Pennington Western Art website
Dakota Discovery Museum Mitchell Davison Southeast Multiple website, art, history, culture, located on the campus of Dakota Wesleyan University
Dakota Sunset Museum Gettysburg Potter Central Local history website, includes museum, country school, carriage barn, and blacksmith shop
Dakota Territorial Museum Yankton Yankton Southeast Local history website, includes museum, school, depot and caboose
Dakotaland Museum Huron Beadle Northeast Local history information
Days of '76 Museum Deadwood Lawrence Western American West website, includes horse-drawn vehicles, rodeo items, Old West pioneer and American Indian art and artifacts
D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery Spearfish Lawrence Western Industry Former hatchery, includes Von Bayer Museum of Fish Culture with exhibits about the history and science of fish culture and fisheries
De Smet Depot Museum De Smet Kingsbury Southeast Local history information
Douglas County Museum Armour Douglas Southeast Local history website, includes the Country School and Railroad House, operated by the Douglas County Historical Society
Earl's Museum Bison Perkins Western Natural history information, displays over 300 mounted bird species and an assortment of animals from around the world
Elkton Community Museum Elkton Brookings Northeast Local history information
Faulk County Historical Museum Faulkton Faulk Central Local history information, information, open by appointment
Fort Meade Museum Sturgis Meade Western Military website
Fort Sisseton Historical Park Lake City Marshall Northeast Military State park with preserved 1864 fort buildings
Four Mile Old West Town Custer Custer Western Open air website, buildings include a town hall, saloon, general store, church, bank, an outhouse, sheriff's office, jails
Garretson Area Historical Society Museum Garretson Minnehaha Southeast Local history information
Geddes Historic Village Geddes Charles Mix Southeast Open air information, operated by the Charles Mix County Historical Restoration Society
Granary Rural Cultural Center Groton Brown Southeast Art website
Grand River Museum Lemmon Perkins Western Multiple website, includes local bronze sculptures, ranching, Native American and homestead artifacts, fossils and Creation Science displays
Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History Sioux Falls Minnehaha Southeast Natural history
Harry's Antique Safe Museum Mitchell Davison Southeast Commodity information, antique safes, farm toys and toy racecars
Heritage Hall Museum Freeman Hutchinson Southeast Multiple website, displays natural history, history and local history, including pioneer tools, pioneer household items, antiques, toys, vehicles and native wildlife displays
Heritage Center of Red Cloud Indian School Pine Ridge Indian Reservation Shannon Western Native American website, Lakota culture and Native art
Hermosa Arts and History Museum Hermosa Custer Western Local history information
High Plains Western Heritage Center Spearfish Lawrence Western American West website, Western art, historic artifacts & memorabilia
Historic Adams House Deadwood Lawrence Western Historic house 1892 mansion
Historic Chicago & Northwestern Railroad Depot Redfield Spink Northeast Railroad website
Historic Prairie Village Madison Lake Southeast Open air website, includes over 40 antique-filled buildings, agricultural displays, steam tractors, a sawmill and a train
Ingalls Homestead De Smet Kingsbury Southeast Open air website, includes Charles Ingalls homestead, school, dugout house, prairie learning center, pioneer activities
International Vinegar Museum Roslyn Day Northeast Food website, vinegars from all over the world
Jerauld County Pioneer Museum Wessington Springs Jerauld Southeast Multiple information, complex includes one room school, medical office, Western equipment, blacksmith shop, local history artifacts, operated by the Dunham Historical Society
J.W. Parmley Historical Home Ipswich Edmunds Northeast Local history information
Journey Museum and Gardens Rapid City Pennington Western Multiple Contains prehistoric & historic collections related to the Western Great Plains with displays of local geology, archaeology, Native American culture, & European pioneer history in the Minnilusa Pioneer Museum
Keystone Historical Museum Keystone Pennington Western Local history website
Klein Museum Mobridge Walworth Northeast Local history information, features pioneer and Native American artifacts
Lake Norden Historical Society Lake Norden Hamlin Southeast Local history information, includes museum, one room school and barn with artifacts
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society De Smet Kingsbury Southeast Historic house website, operates guided tours of two original homes of the family of author Laura Ingalls Wilder
Lewis and Clark Center Visitor Center Yankton Yankton Southeast Multiple website, exhibits include natural & cultural history, geology, exploration, Native Americans, steamboats
Lincoln Borglum Museum Keystone Pennington Western Art Located within the Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Little Village Farm Museum Dell Rapids Minnehaha Southeast Agriculture information, several barns and buildings with agriculture tools and equipment
Loriks-Peterson Heritage House Oldham Kingsbury Southeast Historic house information
Major James McLaughlin Heritage Center McLaughlin Corson Western Local history information
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs Hot Springs Fall River Western Natural history Active paleontological dig site and museum with fossils of mammoths, ancient flora and fauna
McCook County Museum Salem McCook Southeast Local history website
Mellette House Watertown Codington Northeast Historic house website, Victorian home of South Dakota's first governor, Arthur Calvin Mellette
Midland Pioneer Museum Midland Haakon Central Local history website, pioneer and railroad history and artifacts
Miner County Museum Howard Miner Southeast Local history information, rural life displays
Minuteman Missile National Historic Site Jackson County Jackson Western Military Includes visitor center, launch control center and a missile silo/launch facility
Museum of Geology Rapid City Pennington Western Natural history Part of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, area fossils and minerals from around the world
Museum of Wildlife, Science and Industry of NE South Dakota Webster Day Northeast Multiple website, features many buildings with exhibits of military, agricultural and pioneer life, antique tractors, cars, and mounted wildlife, restored historic buildings
National Museum of Woodcarving Custer Custer Western Art website, art and sculptures carved in wood
National Music Museum Vermillion Clay Southeast Music American, European, and non-Western instruments from all cultures and historical periods
National Presidential Wax Museum Keystone Pennington Western Wax website, wax figures of U.S. presidents in historic moments
Nelson's Garage Deadwood Lawrence Western Automotive website, located in the Celebrity Hotel, cars and motorcycles
Newell Museum Newell Butte Western Local history information
Old Courthouse Museum Sioux Falls Minnehaha Southeast Local history website
Petrified Wood Park (South Dakota) Lemmon Perkins Western Multiple information, information, includes sculptures and structures built from petrified wood and fossils and the Lemmon Pioneer Museum
Pettigrew Home & Museum Sioux Falls Minnehaha Southeast Historic house website, late 19th-century house and personal collections of Senator Richard F. Pettigrew
Pickler Mansion Faulkton Faulk Central Historic house information
Pioneer Auto Show Murdo Jones Western Multiple website, automobiles, trucks, motorcycles, National Rockhound Hall of Fame & Lapidary, tractors, antiques and collectibles, authentic prairie town that includes a railroad depot, bank, general store, gas station, church, school, camera shop, butcher shop and more
Pioneer Historical Museum of South Dakota Hot Springs Fall River Western History website, antiques, decorative arts, tools, photos
Pollock Visitor and Interpretive Center Pollock Campbell Central Local history information
Porter Sculpture Park Montrose McCook Southeast Art Outdoor sculpture park
Prairie Homestead Philip Haakon Central Historic house Early 20th century sod dwelling typical of area pioneers
Pyle House Museum Huron Beadle Northeast Historic house information, 1894 home of Gladys Pyle, the first elected woman U.S. senator
Redlin Art Center Watertown Codington Northeast Art Gallery that displays over 150 works by artist Terry Redlin
Scouter's Attic Museum Sioux Falls Minnehaha Southeast Scouting website
Sicangu Heritage Center Mission Todd Central Native American website, part of Sinte Gleska University
Sioux Empire Medical Museum Sioux Falls Minnehaha Southeast Medical information
Smith Zimmermann Heritage Museum Madison Lake Southeast Local history website, part of Dakota State University, operated by the Lake County Historical Society
South Dakota Air and Space Museum Box Elder Meade Western Aerospace US Air Force and South Dakota aviation history
South Dakota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame Lake Norden Hamlin Southeast Hall of fame - Sports Amateur baseball in South Dakota as well as memorabilia from South Dakotans who played Major League Baseball
South Dakota Art Museum Brookings Brookings Northeast Art website, collections include works by Harvey Dunn and Paul Goble, Native American cultural artifacts, Marghab linens, part of South Dakota State University
South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center Pierre Hughes Central History Operated by the South Dakota Historical Society, state history and culture
South Dakota Discovery Center Pierre Hughes Central Science website, includes an aquarium
South Dakota Hall of Fame Chamberlain Brule Central Hall of fame - History Honors those who contributed to the progress, way of life, and values of the South Dakota
South Dakota National Guard Museum Pierre Hughes Central Military website
South Dakota's Original 1880 Town Murdo Jones Western Open air website, includes over 30 building with historic artifacts and rodeo star Casey Tibbs Museum
South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum Brookings Brookings Northeast Agriculture website, part of South Dakota State University
South Dakota State Capitol Pierre Hughes Central History Tours include the capitol and First Lady Gown Collection
South Dakota State Railroad Museum Hill City Pennington Western Railroad website, railroad memorabilia, model trains from across South Dakota and Mid-America
South Dakota Tractor Museum Kimball Brule Central Agriculture website, historic tractors and other farm machinery
Spink County Museum Redfield Spink Northeast Local history website
Springfield College Museum Springfield Bon Homme Southeast Local history information
Springfield Historical Society Museum Springfield Bon Homme Southeast Local history information
Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame Sturgis Meade Western Transportation Features vintage and rare V-twin and metric motorcycles
Timber Lake and Area Museum Timber Lake Dewey Central Local history website, includes fossils, Native American artifacts, period displays
Trails, Trains & Pioneers Museum Edgemont Fall River Western Local history website, operate by the Edgemont Area Historical Society
Tri-State Museum Belle Fourche Butte Western American West website, early pioneer, rodeo, and old west history of the Tri-State region of Western South Dakota, Eastern Wyoming and Southeast Montana
Union County Historical Society Museum Elk Point Union Southeast Local history website
University of South Dakota Art Galleries Vermillion Clay Southeast Art website
Vancura Park Tabor Bon Homme Southeast Open air information, includes Czech Museum, chapel, jail, store, log school and log house
Verendrye Museum Fort Pierre Stanley Central Local history website
Wade's Gold Mill Hill City Pennington Western Mining website, modern gold mill and antique mining museum
Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science Sioux Falls Minnehaha Southeast Multiple Includes the Kirby Science Discover Center and Visual Arts Center with galleries
W. H. Over Museum Vermillion Clay Southeast Multiple website, natural history displays, Native American and pioneer artifacts
Willow Lake Community Museum Willow Lake Clark Northeast Local history website
Wind Cave National Park Hot Springs Fall River Western Natural history Visitor center includes three rooms with exhibits about the geology of the caves, the park's natural and cultural history
Wounded Knee Museum Wall Pennington Western Native American website, history of the Wounded Knee Massacre

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