Museum

Past Exhibits

Our South Dakota: Big Land / Big Ideas / Big Heart
On display in the Hogen Gallery
October 29, 2011 through March 10, 2013

The exhibit examines the physical and mental landscapes of South Dakota, past and present. Explore the physical realities of our state and how these realities shape our attitudes and the communities we form. And, have a great time doing it! Come and measure yourself against a full-size replica of Washington’s nose from Mount Rushmore, see how many South Dakotas fit across the entire U.S., try your hand at typing on a manual typewriter.

View a slideshow of highlights from OUR SOUTH DAKOTA

Our South Dakota: Big Land / Big Ideas / Big Heart was featured on City Limits, a program produced by Oahe TV. View this program by clicking this link.

The Homestead Series
On Display in the
Education Room

The Homestead Series celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Homestead Act, which was signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln on May 20, 1862. All of the images in the series, illustrate part of the epic story of this revolutionary time in history. The Homestead Series was inspired during an artist residency at the Homestead National Monument in Beatrice, Nebraska. Judy Thompson is a Midwesterner who loves to paint the people and places of the Great Plains. Her vivid and richly textured paintings have been described as “beautiful images which capture a sense of place.” Prints of Judy Thompson's work is available in the Heritage Store at the Cultural Heritage Center.

The People’s House: Celebrating the Century
On display in the Hogen Gallery

June 26, 2009 through November 28, 2010

For 100 years the South Dakota state capitol has stood as a signature building, a physical symbol of our state. For a century, South Dakotans have gathered in its halls to debate, celebrate, and mourn. Learn how the capitol came to Pierre, what it symbolizes, and the work that goes on there today.

View a slideshow of highlights from The People's House

Endless Visions
South Dakota Governor’s Biennial Art Exhibition
On display in the Marvis T. and Florence Brown Hogen Gallery

Sunday, December 18, 2010 through Friday, April 1, 2011.

The jurored exhibit consists of 47 pieces from artists living and working in South Dakota. Jurors included: Davis Merhib, Director, Visual Art Center at the Washington Pavilion (Sioux Falls); Lora Schauneman, Curator, Dacotah Prairie Museum (Aberdeen); and Mary Maxon, Curator, Dahl Arts Center (Rapid City).

South Dakota Works
A collection of photographs from the State Archives

On display in the Marvis T. and Florence Brown Hogen Gallery
Sunday, April 9 through Tuesday, April 26, 2011

“South Dakota Works” is a photo exhibit of 44 South Dakota State Archives images. The images are part of the State Archive’s Photo Digitization Project. Visit the State Archives online for more information.

Click the link to view the South Dakota Works exhibit online.

An exhibit grand opening was held on Friday, April 8. The opening featured this presentation by Chad Coppess, the senior photographer with the Department of Tourism. Visit the Museum's YouTube page to view Chad's presentation.

South Dakota’s First Century of Flight
On display in the Marvis T. and Florence Brown Hogen Gallery
May 7 - September 11, 2011.

South Dakota’s First Century of Flight is an exhibition of images, artifacts, aircrafts and stories surrounding South Dakota's aviation history which began in Rapid City in March 1911.

View a slideshow of highlights from South Dakota’s First Century of Flight.