The South Dakota Experience Galleries
Oyate Tawicoh’an [O-ya-ta Ta-wi-cho-han]
The Ways of the People
In the language of the Oceti Sakowin, the nation some call the Sioux, Oyate Tawicoh'an means The Ways of the People. Learn about the history, values and beliefs of the Dakota, Nakota, and Lakota.
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Proving Up explores the state’s history from the placing of the Verendrye Plate in 1743 to the final fight for the state capital in 1904. Share the adventures of explorers, trappers, settlers, miners, and statesmen that established South Dakota.
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Changing Times - South Dakota in the 20th Century
Examine the changes and challenges South Dakotans experienced during the 20th century. The state flourished when rail lines and automobiles rolled in and struggled when the Depression hit. Throughout the 1900’s some settlers left, but most dug, rooted in this place, and grew to love it.
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Join us for an online tour through our Museum at the Cultural Heritage Center. Weekly posts will guide you through (and hopefully entice you to visit) all the wonderful exhibits the Museum has to offer. Follow our “Inside the Museum Tour."
The Marvis T. and Florence Brown Hogen Gallery is used for changing exhibitions.
The traveling exhibit, “Transformation and Continuity in Lakota Culture: The Collages of Arthur Amiotte, 1988-2014,” is now on display at the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. The career of Arthur Amiotte spans five decades as a contemporary Lakota artist, art historian, educator and lecturer on Plains Indian arts, beliefs, customs and culture. The traveling exhibition Transformation and Continuity in Lakota Culture features more than 50 pieces of art by Arthur Amiotte from his recent works. This exhibition will be on display in the Marvis T. and Florence Brown Hogen Gallery through August 24, 2014.
Upstairs from the main gallery our Observation Gallery features a fantastic view of the State Capitol Building and the Missouri River bluffs.
The new exhibit, "South Dakota Environments: A Window to Past Times," is now on display at the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. Through the new exhibit visitors will recognize that our state’s environment has changed over time; that the brown and green grasslands of today have not always been the appearance of South Dakota. “South Dakota Environments” discusses the geology of the state and current topography. Four time periods are illustrated and discussed. In the Paleozoic Era, South Dakota was an underwater world of jawless fish and sharks. In the Mesozoic Era, Tyrannosaurus Rex and Triceratops roamed the land while fierce mosasaurs swam the warm oceans. In Ice Age South Dakota, the Pleistocene Epoch, mammoths and giant short-faced bears made the state their home. Today’s modern Holocene Epoch has brought croplands and a varied landscape. This exhibition will be on display in the Observation Gallery through 2015.
900 Governors Dr.
Pierre, SD 57501