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Dakota Discovery Museum

1300 McGovern Ave, Mitchell, SD 57301-7901
+1 605-996-2122
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A must see

If you have the time to spend, and the interest, this museum is a must see. There is a lot of... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
pahl2017
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Mitchell, South Dakota
An awesome find—great art and Dakota history

This museum was just what we were looking for to understand a bit of Dakota history and see some... read more

Reviewed 5 January 2018
tannamoore
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Dakota Discovery Museum tells the story of people who came to the northern Plains. We preserve that past and inform the present by uniquely combining art and artifact to tell the story of this region in a way that contributes to building the future of the people of the Dakotas.
  • Excellent61%
  • Very good23%
  • Average13%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible0%
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 18:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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1300 McGovern Ave, Mitchell, SD 57301-7901
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Reviewed 3 days ago

If you have the time to spend, and the interest, this museum is a must see. There is a lot of Dakota history, information about and paintings by Oscar Howe (artist and Corn Palace mural designer). The museum is close to the McGovern Library and...More

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Reviewed 5 January 2018

This museum was just what we were looking for to understand a bit of Dakota history and see some good art. Amazing collection of Charles Hargen work of Saturday Night Post accaliam. Also Howe who planned the Corn Palace Murals for 20+ years. A must...More

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Reviewed 11 October 2017

We discovered this museum almost by accident. We had stopped at the George McGovern museum in the Dakota Wesleyan University Library and just across the street was this gem. If you're interested in early pioneer history and art, don't miss this stop. Also includes a...More

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Rod B, Manager at Dakota Discovery Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 12 October 2017

Thanks so much for stopping by! It was great to have you in the museum and to meet you. Thank you also for your kind comments. It's great to hear that we are fulfilling our purpose of telling the rich story of people in South...More

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Reviewed 23 August 2017

We spent a couple of hours here as there is a lot to see. Plenty of information too. Great person treated us and was very helpful answering questions.

1  Thank Elaine M
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Rod B, Manager at Dakota Discovery Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2017

Elaine, thanks so much for coming in! It was a privilege to have you visit Dakota Discovery Museum. Safe travels!

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Reviewed 1 June 2017 via mobile

While not a large museum, Dakota Discovery offers some interesting insights into the history of the region, including that of the indigenous population. There is also some very interesting art displayed on the second floor. If you are in Mitchell to see the Cow Palace...More

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Rod B, Manager at Dakota Discovery Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 June 2017

Thanks so much for stopping! We're working to make things better and hope that you stop and see us again. Best to you and enjoy your summer! Rod Brown, manager

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Reviewed 28 May 2017

In the art gallery they have the recreated art studio of artist Charles Hargens who was a prolific artist up until his death at the age of 103! Since I am an artist myself, this inspired and encouraged me. If you are in the area,...More

1  Thank Montana M
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Rod B, Manager at Dakota Discovery Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 30 May 2017

Thanks so much for coming in and I'm very gratified to hear that you enjoyed the Hargen's Gallery. Please stop and see us again sometime and bring your friends!

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Reviewed 11 May 2017

We were in town for my nieces graduation from DWU and wanted to do a few touristy things since we'll probably never be back. We were looking forward to going to the Dakota Discovery Museum but when we got there on Saturday (supposed to be...More

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Rod B, Manager at Dakota Discovery Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 12 May 2017

Patty, I apologize for the issue. If you would like to discuss the difficulty in more detail please do not hesitate to call me at the museum at 605.996.2122. Thank you!

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Reviewed 23 September 2016

I always make a point of visiting. The collection by Oscar Howe is worth seeing if you have rptime for nothing else. Great selection of books for sale.

1  Thank Anne H
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Rod B, Manager at Dakota Discovery Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 24 September 2016

Great to have you as our guest and thank you very much for using your time to review us. We appreciate the feedback! Thank you!

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Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

After making the obligatory (and enjoyable) trip to the Corn Palace, I wanted to dig deeper into the history of the area. I made my way over to the Dakota Discovery Museum which I explored in conjunction with the McGovern Legacy Museum which is located...More

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Rod B, Manager at Dakota Discovery Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 24 September 2016

Thank you very much for taking time to submit a review of our museum. We happen to think its a great place; but what you think is more important. Thank you also for commending Michael. He did an outstanding job for us this summer, before...More

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Reviewed 15 July 2016 via mobile

Stopped here while visiting in the Mitchell area. We were there in the afternoon and at the time was the only visitors. Museum consists of artifacts from the settling times of this area as well as paintings from artists with local ties. Also at this...More

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Rod B, General Manager at Dakota Discovery Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 26 July 2016

Richard, thanks so much for stopping by. We appreciate your visit and hope that if you travel this way again in the future, we can again host you in our museum. Best, Rod B.

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