The Cultural Heritage Center opened in 1989 to preserve and interpret the heritage and culture of South Dakota’s people. Nestled into a bluff north of the capitol, the Center is the headquarters of the South Dakota State Historical Society. The Center features the State Archives and Museum and houses the Society’s administrative, historic preservation, and research and publishing offices.
The State Archives contains over 10,000 cubic feet of records that document many aspects of South Dakota’s history and heritage. With few exceptions these records are available for public research. Archival documents are used for different purposes by government officials, teachers, attorneys, students, genealogists, historians, historic preservationists, exhibit designers, authors, and journalists.
Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society
The Museum’s South Dakota Experience recreates the cultural history of South Dakota in three permanent galleries. Beginning with the stories of Native tribes that inhabited South Dakota before statehood and following the state’s history into the 21st century, the museum provides unique learning opportunities for people of all ages.
Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society is one of more than 1,800 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense. Click link for more information on the Blue Stars program.
900 Governors Dr.
Pierre, SD 57501