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South Dakota

Cultural Heritage Museum in Pierre

Visitors to the museum can learn about state history, including American Indian life from before the arrival of Europeans (designated by when the Verendrye Plate was left near present-day Fort Pierre in 1743), through the end of the 20th Century.

Nestled into a bluff north of the capitol in Pierre, this dramatic 63,000 square-foot earth covered building was completed as the South Dakota's lasting legacy centennial project. In 1990, President George H.W. Bush recognized it as one of the six most innovative energy-saving projects in the United States.
The museum shows the history of South Dakota.
A mine replica and the 'Sod Homes', which are built out of mud by the first settlers, are on exhibition.

The South Dakota State Historical Society, first organized as the Old Settlers Association of Dakota Territory in 1862, established its official relationship with state government in 1901 through the former Department of History. Originally housed in the state capitol, the Society moved in 1932 to the newly completed Soldiers' and Sailors' Memorial Building across the street. In 1989 South Dakota celebrated its centennial and to mark the anniversary and showcase the state's history, the Cultural Heritage Center was built as the new headquarters for the Society. Through the years, state government reorganizations have shaped and reshaped the Society into the vigorous organization of today.


South Dakota State Historical Society, 900 Governors Dr., Pierre SD 57501-2217
Phone 605-773-3458

Museum Admission Fees:

Age 17 and Under Free
Age 18 to 59 $4.00
Age 60 and over $3.00
For AAA Members reduced admission and SDSHS Members Free
Free admission to Galleries for all on the first Sunday of each month.
Before you go please verify the information on the official website of the museum, see below.

Cultural Heritage Museum, Pierre, SD
Cultural Heritage Museum, Pierre, SD

Location Cultural Heritage Museum, Pierre, SD
Location of the Cultural Heritage Museum, Pierre, SD



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