Dacotah Prairie Museum

Dacotah Prairie Museum Tuesday - Friday 9am - 5pm Saturday - Sunday 1pm - 4pm Office Hours M-F 8:00am to 5:00pm Admission is Free. Donations appreciated.

Opening this weekend at the DPM…“Voices of Conscience: Peace Witness in the Great War”Traveling Exhibit from the K...
05/23/2019

Opening this weekend at the DPM…
“Voices of Conscience: Peace Witness in the Great War”
Traveling Exhibit from the Kauffman Museum, N. Newton, KS.
Sunday, May 26, 2019

Delayed opening date for the Granary: June 8.
05/23/2019

Delayed opening date for the Granary: June 8.

NEW OPENING DATE
Due to road conditions, the Granary is tentatively scheduled to open on Saturday, June 8th.

Hope to see you out at the Granary this season!

Spring has arrived in Brown County! #AberdeenSD #BrownCountySD #gosling #babygoosePhoto by Mike Scott.
05/15/2019

Spring has arrived in Brown County! #AberdeenSD #BrownCountySD #gosling #babygoose
Photo by Mike Scott.

05/14/2019
2019 All Dakota HS Art Show

Check out the winners of the 2019 All Dakota High School Art Show here!

The 2019 All Dakota High School Fine Arts Exhibition. Normally held at the Granary Rural Cultural Center in Groton, SD, this year due to weather and road con...

Brown County at sunset. Photo by Mike Scott. #AberdeenSD #BrownCountySD
05/13/2019

Brown County at sunset. Photo by Mike Scott. #AberdeenSD #BrownCountySD

#tdih #dyk THE FAMOUS GRAIN PALACE OF ABERDEEN, SDOpened in 1893 to celebrate the role of agriculture in Aberdeen and it...
04/28/2019

#tdih #dyk
THE FAMOUS GRAIN PALACE OF ABERDEEN, SD
Opened in 1893 to celebrate the role of agriculture in Aberdeen and its surrounding area, Aberdeen’s Grain Palace glory days were short lived and ended on April 28, 1902, when fire destroyed it. It was located on the SW corner of S. Main St. and 5th Ave. (the present site of Malchow’s Furniture Store).
The building was gone within an hour after the blaze was discovered, so firefighting efforts were concentrated on saving the surrounding businesses, which were also at risk due to a brisk south wind. Despite these efforts, several businesses and an elevator seven blocks north of the Grain Palace that caught fire suffered losses valued at several thousand dollars. Unfortunately, the Grain Palace carried only $1,000 of insurance. The cause of the fire was never determined, but it was reported that a number of young men were seen smoking (an activity strictly forbidden for obvious reasons in or near the building) on the balcony of the Grain Palace as late as 11 P.M. on the evening prior to the blaze.
No effort was made to rebuild the Grain Palace, leaving Aberdeen without a sizable auditorium until the Civic Arena opened in 1938. (From Sue Gates' "Looking Back, Vol II")

Dacotah Prairie Museum's cover photo
04/23/2019

Dacotah Prairie Museum's cover photo

Stop by on Wed. and Thur. evening!
04/23/2019

Stop by on Wed. and Thur. evening!

Visit the ARCC's Eagles Nest on Wed. and Thur. evening, 5-9pm for the All Dakota High School Fine Arts Exhibition student artwork gallery show.

April Fools fun through April 30th! Stop by and explore the Museum exhibits looking for out-of-place "spring fever" item...
04/18/2019

April Fools fun through April 30th! Stop by and explore the Museum exhibits looking for out-of-place "spring fever" items. Get a prize!

Newly arrived at the Museum store... books by South Dakota authors and poets. #WeLoveBooks #AberdeenSD #BrownCountySD
04/17/2019

Newly arrived at the Museum store... books by South Dakota authors and poets. #WeLoveBooks #AberdeenSD #BrownCountySD

A beautiful shot from the Ordway Prairie. by Mike Scott#SDisAwesome #BrownCountySD #prairie
04/15/2019

A beautiful shot from the Ordway Prairie. by Mike Scott
#SDisAwesome #BrownCountySD #prairie

Check out the High School Student artwork next week at the ARCC:
04/15/2019

Check out the High School Student artwork next week at the ARCC:

04/12/2019

The Museum will open at 1pm today and normal hours this weekend (Sat & Sun 1-4pm).

Here's hoping we don't end up like this Stratford SD sign post from May 1950. Does the sign below say "Ferney"? Sign was...
04/10/2019

Here's hoping we don't end up like this Stratford SD sign post from May 1950. Does the sign below say "Ferney"? Sign was located at the corner of Hwys 23 & 16. #BrownCountySD #flood #signunderwater

CALL FOR VOLUNTEER
04/10/2019

CALL FOR VOLUNTEER

Now available at the Museum Store:"Obsessed with South Dakota" a fine art photography book by South Dakota artist Daron ...
04/10/2019

Now available at the Museum Store:
"Obsessed with South Dakota" a fine art photography book by South Dakota artist Daron Krueger.
Full-color, beautiful landscape and wildlife photos will delight those who appreciate South Dakota's unique scenery and is a great memento for family and friends who have moved away.

Last chance to see these exhibits this week...HELEN BERGH EDUCATION ROOM"Once Upon a Time... Fairy Tale Fun" Seasonal Ch...
04/09/2019

Last chance to see these exhibits this week...

HELEN BERGH EDUCATION ROOM
"Once Upon a Time... Fairy Tale Fun" Seasonal Children's Exhibit - Feb. 9 - Apr. 14, 2019
EXHIBIT ENDS SUNDAY, APRIL 14!

DACOTAH GALLERY
"Beauty in all the Small Things" by Isaac Lloyd - Feb. 9 - Apr. 12, 2019
EXHIBIT ENDS FRIDAY, APRIL 12!

Opening Next Week:
DACOTAH GALLERY
"Serendipity" by JoAnn Jernberg - Apr. 16 - Jun. 11, 2019

Nature is teasing Brown County with a beautiful sunrise this morning but threatening to bring back winter tomorrow...Pho...
04/09/2019

Nature is teasing Brown County with a beautiful sunrise this morning but threatening to bring back winter tomorrow...
Photo by Mike Scott. #AberdeenSD #BrownCountySD #Sunrise #WinterIsNotDoneYet

The Granary Rural Cultural Center being represented today at the South Dakota Hall of Fame event at Northern State Unive...
04/03/2019

The Granary Rural Cultural Center being represented today at the South Dakota Hall of Fame event at Northern State University's Lincoln Hall.

Our Acts of Excellence Celebration in Aberdeen is underway!

Were you able to catch South Dakota Public Broadcasting's 'In the Moment' today with two of our newest Acts of Excellence recipients Building Forever Families - Adoption & Family Services and the Granary Rural Cultural Center?

If you missed it live or want to listen again, you can find it archived tomorrow on SDPB's website at https://listen.sdpb.org/programs/moment

There is still time to tune in live for our Dream Chasers panel presentation though!

Watch SD.net for the live broadcast of the Aberdeen Acts of Excellence panel discussion today from 2:00 - 3:00 CT.

Wed. Apr. 24 & Thu. Apr. 25, 5-9pmStudent Artwork on Display & Open to PublicAberdeen Recreational & Cultural Center, Ea...
04/01/2019

Wed. Apr. 24 & Thu. Apr. 25, 5-9pm
Student Artwork on Display & Open to Public
Aberdeen Recreational & Cultural Center, Eagles Nest

The Annual Granary Rural Cultural Center's High School Art Show will be relocated to the ARCC in Aberdeen due to wet road conditions. Students from North and South Dakota come to the Granary's rural campus each year to hear from professional artists and take workshops on artistic techniques. Student artwork is judged by profession judges from both North and South Dakota and judges offer critical and encouraging advice to budding artists.
Student artwork on display and open for public viewing in the Eagles Nest in the ARCC, Wednesday and Thursday evening 5-9pm (Apr. 24 & 25). Schools represented... Aberdeen: Central, Roncalli, Christian, Holgate MS, Simmons MS; Groton, Ipswich, Mitchell, Mobridge/Pollock, Mt. Vernon, Sisseton, Stanely County, Webster, SD and West Fargo Liberty Middle School and Lisbon, ND.

The April Fool strikes again! At the Dacotah Prairie Museum. During the month of April, explore the Museum exhibits and ...
04/01/2019

The April Fool strikes again!
At the Dacotah Prairie Museum.
During the month of April, explore the Museum exhibits and look for the signs of summer that are out of place. Have fun and happy spring!

Is it Spring in South Dakota yet?Hope it's not an April Fools Joke!Photo by Mike Scott, Brown County#AberdeenSD #BrownCo...
04/01/2019

Is it Spring in South Dakota yet?
Hope it's not an April Fools Joke!
Photo by Mike Scott, Brown County
#AberdeenSD #BrownCountySD #AprilFools #SpringInSD

South Dakota Hwy 83, where the eagles live.photos by Mike Scott, Brown County#baldeagle #SDisAwesome
03/29/2019

South Dakota Hwy 83, where the eagles live.
photos by Mike Scott, Brown County
#baldeagle #SDisAwesome

Now available at the Museum Store:"The Parent Trapped Within: A Guide to Sports Parenting" by local author Dave Vilhauer...
03/28/2019

Now available at the Museum Store:
"The Parent Trapped Within: A Guide to Sports Parenting" by local author Dave Vilhauer

With nearly 40 years of sports media experience, Mr. Vilhauer talks about the challenge for parents to find the right balance between supporting their children without crossing the line and providing unsolicited and unwanted coaching advice, sometimes at the expense of the student athlete.
Foreward by ESPN Senior Writer, Buster Olney

Good Morning Brown County!Hope you managed to get to where you were going in the fog this morning. Make it a good one!He...
03/27/2019

Good Morning Brown County!
Hope you managed to get to where you were going in the fog this morning. Make it a good one!
Here's the latest pic from Mike Scott, Brown County. He makes our county look pretty fantastic.
#AberdeenSD #BrownCountySD

"The Littlest Bunny in South Dakota"The perfect book for your little bunny this spring!At the DPM Museum Store.#MuseumSt...
03/20/2019

"The Littlest Bunny in South Dakota"
The perfect book for your little bunny this spring!
At the DPM Museum Store.
#MuseumStore #AberdeenSD

Welcome Spring!Aberdeen in the spring of 1897 dealt with a tremendous amount of snow runoff after the 1896-1897 blizzard...
03/20/2019

Welcome Spring!
Aberdeen in the spring of 1897 dealt with a tremendous amount of snow runoff after the 1896-1897 blizzard season.
Here is a photo of the corner of 5th Ave and Washington St (North). The street is flooded and the water is even with the board sidewalks. #AberdeenSD #BrownCountySD

Is it spring yet? Just checking!Photo by Mike Scott#BrownCounty #AberdeenSD #WillItStopSnowingInSD
03/18/2019

Is it spring yet? Just checking!
Photo by Mike Scott
#BrownCounty #AberdeenSD #WillItStopSnowingInSD

Now Open... "Re-Writing History: Who Am I?" Exhibit of creative writing based on historical photographs by the Frederick...
03/15/2019

Now Open... "Re-Writing History: Who Am I?"
Exhibit of creative writing based on historical photographs by the Frederick Area 6th Grade Class.
Museum Conference Room, 2nd Floor Galleries, Dacotah Prairie Museum #FrederickSD #BrownCountySD #StudentExhibit #MuseumKids

We are so close to spring... yet so far!#BrownCountySD #AberdeenSD #ItSnowsInSD #SnowIsComingAgainPhoto from 1900, Downt...
03/12/2019

We are so close to spring... yet so far!
#BrownCountySD #AberdeenSD #ItSnowsInSD #SnowIsComingAgain
Photo from 1900, Downtown Aberdeen, SD.

The Dacotah Prairie Museum Education Department staff visit all of the elementary schools in Aberdeen and many of the co...
03/08/2019

The Dacotah Prairie Museum Education Department staff visit all of the elementary schools in Aberdeen and many of the county elementary schools with a wide range of history and educational programs during the school year.
Here is a photo of Mike Miller's 2nd grade proudly displaying their "Symmetry in Art" program coloring pages on their lockers. Looks good, 2nd graders! #BrownCountySD #DPMKids

Women's History Month at the Dacotah Prairie Museum:Lamont Gallery now showing "Heart of the Prairie: Women as Art & Art...
03/05/2019
Lamont Gallery | Brown County

Women's History Month at the Dacotah Prairie Museum:
Lamont Gallery now showing "Heart of the Prairie: Women as Art & Artist"
Now showing through May 12, 2019.

The Dacotah Prairie Museum proudly announces a new exhibition in the Lamont Gallery entitled “Heart of the Prairie: Women as Art, Women as Artists”. The exhibition is now opening on 2nd floor and will remain open through May 12, 2019.

Opening Feb. 26 in the Lamont Gallery:"Heart of the Prairie: Women as Art & Artist"Artwork from the Museum's Permanent A...
02/24/2019

Opening Feb. 26 in the Lamont Gallery:
"Heart of the Prairie: Women as Art & Artist"
Artwork from the Museum's Permanent Art Collection.
#DPMGalleries #WomenArt

There is still time to let us know if you are interested in attending this meeting. See below!Any questions, contact She...
02/21/2019

There is still time to let us know if you are interested in attending this meeting. See below!
Any questions, contact Sherri Rawstern at [email protected] or at 605.626.7117

Interested in Brown County History?
The Brown County Historical Society Annual Meeting
will be held at the Dacotah Prairie Museum on
Saturday, Feb. 23 at 12:15pm
Annual dues are only $10.00!
Contact Sherri Rawstern at [email protected] for more information.

A dramatic Brown County sunrise courtesy of Mike Scott.#AberdeenSD #BrownCountySD
02/21/2019

A dramatic Brown County sunrise courtesy of Mike Scott.
#AberdeenSD #BrownCountySD

Now at the Museum Store:"You have died of dysentery!"The Oregon Trail Handheld Game#oregontrail #dysentery #retrogames
02/19/2019

Now at the Museum Store:
"You have died of dysentery!"
The Oregon Trail Handheld Game
#oregontrail #dysentery #retrogames

It's so cold in Brown County...How cold is it?(photo courtesy of Mike Scott)#BrownCountySD #itsnowsinSD #howcoldisit
02/19/2019

It's so cold in Brown County...
How cold is it?
(photo courtesy of Mike Scott)
#BrownCountySD #itsnowsinSD #howcoldisit

Dacotah Prairie Museum's cover photo
02/12/2019

Dacotah Prairie Museum's cover photo

Interested in Brown County History?The Brown County Historical Society Annual Meetingwill be held at the Dacotah Prairie...
02/12/2019

Interested in Brown County History?
The Brown County Historical Society Annual Meeting
will be held at the Dacotah Prairie Museum on
Saturday, Feb. 23 at 12:15pm
Annual dues are only $10.00!
Contact Sherri Rawstern at [email protected] for more information.

NEW! at the Museum Store:Authentic Native American Jewelry from Kodi Augare-EsteyKodi lives in Aberdeen, SD and enjoys p...
02/12/2019

NEW! at the Museum Store:
Authentic Native American Jewelry from Kodi Augare-Estey
Kodi lives in Aberdeen, SD and enjoys printmaking graphic designs, beading, sewing and collaging. She creates adornment statement pieces.
Earrings displayed here - Why do they have dimes in the design? Stop in to find out!

Opening tomorrow:"Beauty in All the Small Things" photography by Isaac Lloyd"Once Upon a Time... Fairy Tale Fun" seasona...
02/08/2019

Opening tomorrow:
"Beauty in All the Small Things" photography by Isaac Lloyd
"Once Upon a Time... Fairy Tale Fun" seasonal children's exhibit

Opening this Saturday at the DPM: "Beauty in all the Small Things" photography exhibit by artist Isaac Lloyd. #aberdeenS...
02/04/2019

Opening this Saturday at the DPM: "Beauty in all the Small Things" photography exhibit by artist Isaac Lloyd. #aberdeenSD #BrownCountySD #Museumexhibits #photography

The Prairie Stitchers Embroidery guild is raffling a quilted and embroidered bag with a set of potholders and a set of 7...
02/01/2019

The Prairie Stitchers Embroidery guild is raffling a quilted and embroidered bag with a set of potholders and a set of 7 tea towels. $1 per ticket at the Dacotah Prairie Museum. Proceeds go towards stitching workshops and classes for adults and youth. Winning ticket drawn at the conclusion of the exhibit (Feb. 15). Support our local stitchers!

Address

21 Main St S (we Are SOUTH Of The Railroad Tracks)
Aberdeen, SD
57401

Opening Hours

Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 13:00 - 16:00
Sunday 13:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(605) 626-7117

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