1221 S. Burr St.
Mitchell, SD 57301
Phone: (605) 996-1333
Fax: (605) 996-6022
The Dakota Discovery Museum promises a fun-filled day of discovery for children and adults alike. The museum is home to an impressive collection of historic artifacts and inventive exhibits that chronicle the region's illustrious history. Laying focus on Native Americans and the Pioneers, the museum's exhibits bring to life the story of the people and events that so long ago laid the foundations of the modern day United States. Apart from the exhibits housed within the main museum building, visitors can also explore the schoolhouse, church, train depot and the historic house of Louis Beckwith within the museum's yard. The museum also boasts art galleries that feature changing exhibits, and a Discovery Land with interactive displays, fun activities and educational opportunities. With so much and more to discover, a day spent at the Dakota Discovery Museum is sure to be an experience that you will cherish for years to come.
Corn Palace is a community center and serves as a symbol of tribute to the agriculture heritage of South Dakota. It is the only Corn Palace in the world. The exteriors of the palace are renovated each year based on specific themes. Using differently hued corn husks and grain, the palace is adorned with elaborate and awe-inspiring murals based upon that year's theme. The palace plays host to a variety of events every month. Visit their website to know about upcoming events. Opening hours may vary depending on the events scheduled, so be sure to check their website before planning a visit.
The Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village is the state's only archaeological site that is accessible to the general public. A Native American village is believed to have existed at the site some 1,100 years ago. Based upon archaeological evidence and the village's well-thought out location by the river, researchers have surmised that the village was once home to a small, yet thriving agricultural community. However, there is still much that remains unknown about the village itself and the people who called it home. Excavations and research continue to be carried out at the site, and can be observed at the archeodome. Visitors can also tour the Boehnen Memorial Museum which boasts a reconstructed replica of the kind of dwellings that constituted the village, alongside the numerous artifacts that were uncovered through the process of excavation. Offering a rare insight into the lives of some of the region's first settlers and the inner working of an active archaeological site, the Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village is a haven for history buffs of every age. Opening hours vary throughout the year, and the site is only open by appointment during the winter months, so make sure to plan ahead!Boehnen Memorial Museum