Collections Research
The museum’s collection is an outstanding resource for research into the material culture of South Dakota. Researchers are welcome and strongly encouraged to take advantage of the informational treasure trove housed in the Cultural Heritage Center. Staff is available to help researchers by appointment Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Research in Person: We are best able to accommodate you if you contact us in advance, state your needs, and let us know when you will be visiting. At least 24 hour notice is required. You can be granted permission to examine most museum objects that are in storage. Access to objects currently on exhibit may be limited. Research photography is permitted. Publishing any photographs of objects in our collection requires written permission and payment as outlined in the fee schedule. All researchers must complete a research registration form, and present a valid photo ID upon arrival.

To click to complete a research registration form.

Inquiries: We will answer your reference requests by e-mail, phone, letter or FAX. We will provide up to 10 photocopies free. Each additional page is $.25. See fee schedule for additional charges.

Use in Publications: Adding images of artifacts into publications is a fantastic way to convey information and increase the interest of the reader. Many items in our collection are widely published, and we are interested in seeing even more of the collection in publications both in print and online. See fee schedule for basic fees. Payment of our Reproduction Rights Fee gives you permission for the one-time, non-exclusive use of the reproduction. Our contract also requires that you provide us with one copy of the publication in which the reproduction appears. Subsequent use will require you to contact us again and pay an additional fee.


900 Governors Dr.

Pierre, SD 57501


f: 605-773-6041