South Dakota - Cultural Destinations
I-29 Cultural Corridor
This trip along Interstate 29 takes visitors to a variety of attractions known for their arts, history, science, Native American heritage and children’s activities. There are nine stops on the tour from Sioux Falls to Sisseton. Learn about Native American culture at the Sisseton Wahpeton College, then visit the Terry Redlin Center, where over 150 paintings from Terry Redlin are displayed. The South Dakota Art Museum in Brookings allows visitors to experience pieces by Harvey Dunn as well as Native American art. The South Dakota State Agricultural Heritage Museum is also located in Brookings and is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of objects that relate to South Dakota’s agricultural history and rural heritage from 1860 to 1960. Further along the interstate lies the Sioux Falls, where four of the nine stops can be made. The Horse Barn Arts Center, Sculture Walk, Siouxland Heritage Museums and the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science all offer visitors a unique experience. The W.H. Over Museum in Vermillion offers visitors a chance to see how early peoples hunted, gathered and farmed in the region for more than 10,000 years.
Cultural Heritage Center (Pierre)
The Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre brings state history to life with hands-on exhibits that tell our state's story from before the arrival of Europeans through the end of the 20th century. The "Oyate Tawicoh'an" (Ways of the People) exhibit focuses on the religious and social beliefs of several Plains Indian tribes, including the Dakota, Lakota and Nakota. Displays include a tipi, a prayer rock and a rare horse effigy.
Dacotah Prairie Museum (Aberdeen)
Step back into the past and experience what life was like for the Native Americans and early pioneers and how the railroads impacted life for the early prairie settlers. The museum mounts both short- and long-term exhibits.
The Journey Museum (Rapid City)
Walk through 200 years of Lakota culture in an exhibit area devoted entirely to American Indian achievements. Listen to tales told by a Lakota elder via hologram.