Street Address
Dakota Discovery Museum
1300 E University
Mitchell, SD 57301
Mailing Address
PO Box 1071
Mitchell, SD 57301
phone: 605-996-2122
Child (5 and under) FREE
Youth (6 - 17) $ 2.00
Adult (18 - 62) $5.00
Seniors (63 +) $4.00
Group rates for 10 or more are available
Lori Holmberg, Executive Director
phone: 605-996-2122
Marge Bollack, Assistant Director
phone: 605-996-2122
Lori Solberg, Gift Shop Manager
phone: 605-996-2122
Marcia Kear, Gift Shop Sales
phone: 605-996-2122


The rich history of the people who originally lived, and those who later settled the "Middle Border Region" is unbelievable here at Dakota Discovery Museum. From 1600 you can see the ways of the American Indian change and develop as the pioneer settlers move across the Middle Border Region. Indian artifacts include delicate porcupine quillwork and beadwork. There are changing exhibits of historical and artistic nature. Classes and events are held on a regular basis, and the newest editon is the DISCOVERY LAND, a hands-on activity center for children ages 5 to 12. There is alway something new and exciting happening here.


Begun in 1939 by Leland Case (who's brother, Francis was South Dakota senitor), the museum aquired it's first building in 1955. In 2001 a brand new building was built. We have built an extensive collection of Indian art and artifacts, along with the original paintings of Gutzum Borglum, Harvey Dunn, James Earle Fraser, Charles Hargens and Oscar Howe. Over the years the collections have increased to include 4 historic buildings (1885 Territorial One Room School, 1886 Victorian Italinate home, 1909 Country church and the 1914 Milwaukee Railroad Depot). Dakota Discovery Museum has evolved over the years into a world class history and art museum.

Artifacts Collections

1600 to 1939 and the states of ND, SD, NE and including portions of WY, MT, MN and IA. Our collection includes photographs, books, documents, buildings, furnature, art and anything else that would be included in the time-frame and region.

Educational Programs

Guided tours to groups of 10 or more, (please make advanced reservation)
Art & history classes are held for youth and adult, please check our activities on our website at minimal fees sometimes required.


Friends of the Middle Border, Inc.
Board of Directors


Yes, we put out a newsletter quarterly

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Wheelchair Accessible