Walk into history where larger-than-life sculptures of Merriwether Lewis and William Clark by James Earle Fraser greet you at the door. The Changing Exhibits Gallery features specialized exhibits of historic interest.

Lewis and Clark statues at Dakota Discovery Museum in Mitchell, SD

Lewis & Clark

Featured Exhibits

Middle Border History Gallery

Old covered wagon - Dakota Discovery Museum in Mitchell, SD

A sheep herder's wagon on display in the Middle Border History Gallery.

Step back in time in the Middle Border History Gallery.

Exhibits include:

  • The Plains Indians
  • Fur Trade
  • Dakota Territory
  • Railroading
  • Farming and Ranching
  • The 1930′s Great Depression

Historic Village Complex

The Beckwith House at Dakota Discovery Museum in Mitchell, SD

The Beckwith House, part of the historic village complex.

Step back in time as you walk through our historic village complex, featuring authentic buildings that you can walk through and many original furnishings.

Our historic village complex features:

Plains Indian Culture

Native American beaded dolls at Dakota Discovery Museum in Mitchell, SD

Native American beaded dolls.

At Dakota Discovery Museum, we have a wide variety of displays that portray the cultural of Plain Indians tribes from this region.

Featured displays include American Indian beadwork and porcupine quillwork including clothing, bags, ceremonial regalia, utilitarian objects, horse gear, dolls and missionary items.

Tribes represented in historic quillwork and beadwork displays include:

  • Sioux
  • Meti
  • Chippewa-Ojibway
  • Plains Cree

Be sure to visit the museums’ Gift Shop for unique gift items!
In addition to the gift shop within our museum, we also offer an
online gift shop
for your shopping convenience.
The items in our gift shop make excellent gifts, and we can ship anywhere!
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