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South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center

Pierre, SD

Explore South Dakota history in the Cultural Heritage Center. Discover stories of American Indians, experience the trails of Lewis and Clark (we are an official site on the L&C Trail) and pioneers who followed them west, and relive how 20th Century changes like electricity affected South Dakota citizens. Featured attractions include the Sioux Horse Effigy Dancing Stick, the Verendrye Plate (left by a French-Canadian exploration party near present-day Fort Pierre in 1743 to claim the territory for the King of France), an original Jefferson Peace Medal, Ghost Dance Shirts from the Wounded Knee Massacre of 1890, and a realistic model cow that you can hand-milk!

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900 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501





Phone: 605-773-3458

Fax: 605-773-6041


Family, History & Culture, Entertainment, Made in SD

9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. central time Monday through Saturday and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sundays and most holidays from Labor Day through Memorial Day. Summer hours are 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and 1 to 4:30 on Sundays. The museum is open every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's and Easter.

Property Amenities

Group Friendly Wheel chair access