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605.626.7117 (Hours click here)

(Month of APRIL, 2021)

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


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All Dakota High School Fine Arts Exhibition
Lamont Gallery, April 10-24, 2021

Area high school art students from North and South Dakota will participate in the annual All Dakota High School Fine Arts Exhibition this April with professional artists and a variety of art workshops at the Dacotah Prairie Museum. Student artwork is judged and awarded Best in Show, Best in Category, Best Team for each state, and new this year, Rising Star, a student artist that exhibits budding potential. Artwork will be on display April 10-24 in the Lamont Gallery. Free Admission.


“Snow!” An exhibit about blizzards, snow and historic winters on the prairie. Now open on the Prairie Landing Gallery.
What year was the snowiest in Brown County?  How did citizens coup with the worst winters? What part did the railroad play in keeping early Brown County open for travel and commerce in the face of inclement weather?  A photo and educational display on extreme South Dakota weather!

“Snowscapes” A photography exhibit by John Eichinger and Bert Klipfel now open in the Dacotah Gallery. Snowy and frosty images of the great plains and beautiful landscapes fill this exhibit.



“Dacotah Prairie Museum: 50 Years & Growing…” 50th anniversary display now on exhibit. A commissioned model of the DPM building was handcrafted by Randy Pfutzenreuter and is on display. Exhibition cabinets will address the different areas of museum activities; collections, education and exhibits along with telling the stories of our museum beginning and history.  Life size standees of founders “speak” to tell their stories. On display are rare artifacts such as the Harvey Dunn painting “Leave the Past Behind”, a watercolor print by Oscar Howe “Ghost Dancer”, Native American artifacts, and other significant Brown County history items. This exhibit is an interesting, informative, and fun experience for everyone! Thanks to 3M for their 2020 grant monies for this project.



“What’s Cooking at the Museum?” A fun pop up exhibit in the 1st floor lobby showcasing vintage kitchen gadgets and tools from the museum’s collection. How many do you remember? Many items from local Brown County businesses from the past century.


 “Epidemic!” Harvey Jewett Science Center, NSU, through August 2021.

Visit the campus of Northern State University and the NSU Harvey Jewett Science Center in the Rivett Foyer, to see “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.




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.)

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 *
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