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The South Dakota Experience

Three museum galleries that illustrate the history of the state from its earliest inhabitants to present day. Discover the rich culture of the Dakota, Lakota and Nakota Indian tribes. Experience the stories of the explorers, trappers, settlers, miners, and statesmen who helped establish South Dakota. Examine the changes and challenges that South Dakotans experienced in the 20th century.

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.

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.

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.


The Hogen Gallery

 Now on display in the Hogen Gallery is a new exhibit entitled Spirit of the Seventies which explores historical, social and cultural trends of the decade in South Dakota and around the nation. Be prepared to experience disco music, pyramid power, Watergate, and groovy clothes in the exhibit.

The Observation Gallery

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

Come see Jackrabbits to Schmeckfest:The Faces of Community Identity in South Dakota in the Observation Gallery. Who we are, where we are from, and where we are now all help form our identity. Learn about some of the  different community identities that are in South Dakota. You can tell us where your community is located and even create your own mascot  

The museum galleries also feature temporary and traveling exhibitions



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