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
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."

Hogen Gallery
The Marvis T. and Florence Brown Hogen Gallery is used for changing exhibitions.

Observation Gallery
Upstairs from the main gallery our Observation Gallery features a fantastic view of the State Capitol Building and the Missouri River bluffs.