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International Vinegar Museum:
This museum, located in Roslyn, offers its visitors everything anyone would ever want to know about vinegar. It offers the chance to see vinegars from all over the world, taste test vinegars made from all sorts of plants, and many other vinegar-related activities. The museum also hosts an annual International Vinegar Festival as well as a “Mother of All Vinegars” Contest. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for those 18 and under. Museum hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, June through September.
Campbell Original Straw Bale Built Museum:
This museum takes people back to what is truly South Dakota. It is the only “originally-built” museum made out of straw bales in the United States. Carthage is the home of this building that serves as a standing reminder of the usefulness straw. Numerous historical exhibits, educational meetings and various cultural events are held in the museum.
National Museum of Woodcarving:
This museum, found in Custer, offers everything from watching live woodcarving to picking up a chisel and trying it yourself. The Wooden Nickel Theater gives guests the opportunity to see more than 30 scenes created by an original animator of Disneyland. Guests can visit the carving studio and see the display of nationally recognized woodcarvers, enjoy the gallery, and purchase unique items in the gift shop. The museum is open May 1 - October 25.
Harry’s Antique Safe Museum:
Located in Mitchell, this museum is sure to attract anyone with an interest in safes. Harry’s has 60 safes on display, ranging in age from recent safes to those that date as far back as 294 years. They also have 250 farm toys and 250 toy racecars on display. Admission is free, and the museum is open June 12 - October 31, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The Shoe House:
The structure of this museum, located in Webster, was designed after a Mother Goose nursery rhyme. It is a two-story building built in the shape of a shoe, and is one of 24 buildings on the grounds of the Museum of Wildlife, Science & Industry. The contents of The Shoe House are dedicated to showing all sorts of shoes and shoe-related memorabilia. The collection belonged to Mildred Fiksdal O’Neill of Webster and the museum houses over 9,000 shoes. The shoes range in size and age with the smallest shoes being those of an infant and the largest being Alaskan snow shoes. Admission is free.
The Museum of Visual Materials:
Located in the oldest building in downtown Sioux Falls, this museum showcases artifacts and collections that will interest all five of the senses. They have an extensive collection of books, records and 8-tracks, sewing materials, cooking supplies, and much more. The museum also offers numerous classes and activities like painting and photography, cooking demonstrations, and sewing. Admission to the museum and its resources is free to the public.
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