Museums in Mitchell

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May 20, 2023

Welcome to Mitchell, a town steeped in history and culture, where every street corner holds a tale from the past waiting to be discovered. Among the gems that dot this charming landscape are its museums, each a vibrant repository of the town’s rich heritage. We invite you to embark on a journey through Mitchell’s museums, where the whispers of bygone eras come to life through captivating exhibits, artifacts, and immersive experiences. From art enthusiasts to history buffs, there’s something for everyone as we unravel the fascinating stories that have shaped Mitchell into the unique and dynamic community it is today. Join us as we explore the cultural tapestry woven into the very fabric of this town, celebrating its diverse past and present.

Carnegie Resource Center

The Carnegie Resource Center is a great museum for anyone interested in the history of Mitchell and the surrounding area. There is a historic Corn Palace memorabilia display as well as changing exhibits on the history of Mitchell.  They also house several of Oscar Howe’s original artworks including “Sun and Rain Clouds Over Hills,” which is one of his most famous works. The Carnegie is free to the public and they are located right off Main Street at 119 West 3rd Ave. They are open Monday through Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m.

Dakota Discovery Museum

Did you know that Dakota Wesleyan University has two museums on its campus?! The Dakota Discovery Museum transports you back in time to discover what life was like when the early Americans settled here. The different exhibits make you feel like you are walking right alongside the settlers as they made the Dakotas their home. The museum features a diverse collection of artifacts, exhibits, and educational programs that explore the region’s natural history, indigenous cultures, and pioneer heritage. The Dakota Discovery Museum is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Winter admission is $5 and free for children 5 and under.

McGovern Legacy Museum

The other museum on campus is the McGovern Legacy Museum. This museum honors the life and legacy of George and Eleanor McGovern, who are some of DWU’s most notable alums. George McGovern was a Senator, representing South Dakota, and was also the Democratic nominee for President in 1972. The museum showcases the young couple raising their family while also being leaders of the Democratic Party. There is no fee to visit the museum, but donations are always welcome. They are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village

If you have ever wanted to visit an active archeological dig site, head over to the Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village. The site was home to Native American tribes for over a thousand years, and visitors can explore the remains of several lodges and a burial mound. In addition to the village, the site also features the Archedome, a unique structure where students dig for Native American artifacts while sheltered from the harsh South Dakota weather. In the summer months, active archeological digs are happening that can be viewed by the public. The Prehistoric Indian Village is located at 3200 Indian Village Road. Their current hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays only by appointment. Their regular season begins on April 1st, and they will be open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Don’t forget that they are offering free admission for the month of March!

The Corn Palace

Finally, as many of you know, Mitchell is home to The Worlds Only Corn Palace! The Corn Palace is a unique attraction that features intricate murals made entirely out of corn. It was first built in 1892 to showcase the region’s agriculture and has since been rebuilt several times with new designs each year. The palace hosts a variety of events throughout the year, including concerts, festivals, and sports tournaments. Visitors can also take a tour of the palace to learn more about its history and see the impressive corn murals up close. The Corn Palace is free to visit and is currently open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. They are located right on Main Street at 604 N. Main. 

No one can say there is nothing to do in Mitchell! Between the beautiful and scenic outdoor trails and the wide variety of museums, Mitchell truly is a small town with big city amenities. You can find more information on the museums and everything else happening in Mitchell by downloading the Everything Mitchell app. Look for the list of museums under the “play” section.

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