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Dakota Discovery Museum

1300 McGovern Avenue, Mitchell, SD 57301-7901
+1 605-996-2122
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Dakota Discovery Museum tells the story of people who came to the Middle Border region, the region surrounding the Missouri River, and established themselves and their families. This is the place where East and West met, where Settler and Tribal members interacted, sometimes with positive outcomes, but often with negative results. Dakota Discovery Museum works to illuminate and educate so that the human story is told.
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  • Average15%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible0%
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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1300 McGovern Avenue, Mitchell, SD 57301-7901
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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

Reviewed 29 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

Thank Montana M
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!

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

Thank Patty R
Rod B, Manager at Dakota Discovery Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 13 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!

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.

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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!

Reviewed 13 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

Reviewed 16 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.

Reviewed 2 July 2016

The indigenous people, explorers, pioneers, artisans.... all the original movers/shakers and their good works await your perusal and enjoyment! And, a most delightful docent named Rod, may enhance your experience with interesting, pertinent, yet obscure bits of knowledge. That's the short and sweet of our...More

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

Shari & George: Thanks very much for stopping by. We really appreciate your visit and hope that if you travel this way again, we can have the opportunity to host you for another visit to Dakota Discovery Museum. Best, Rod B.

Reviewed 21 May 2016

What a delightful afternoon. Museum items are displayed in a way visitors can enjoy them. The big yellow Avery Thrashing machine made in Peoria, Illinois was interesting as was the Beckwith home. Also enjoyed the variety of items from Charles Hargens. A great place to...More

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Rod B, Manager at Dakota Discovery Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 27 May 2016

Thanks so much for visiting DDM. I am thrilled that you enjoyed the visit. I hope we provided an experience that was valuable to you and those traveling with you. If you have any recommendations about how we can make the experience better, please share...More

Reviewed 26 April 2016 via mobile

So many things to learn about the local area and South Dakota History. Buildings out back and that small town set up fun for photos for all ages. Art to education this is a great stop and with the effort!

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Reviewed 23 December 2015

The Museum director is polite, professional and a true example of what you would expect of a curator. The artifacts are impressive, the story of the Dakota territory is inspiring and the museum is displayed in awesome landscape with some interactive stations sprinkled throughout. Great...More

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