Day Trip: Mitchell, SD

July 22, 2016 at 3:33 PM

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Check out the wild animal displays at Cabela’s while shopping for all your outdoor activity gear!


World’s Only Corn Palace

The Corn Palace is adorned with murals made of several varieties of corn. The corn and murals are provided by a local farmer, local artists, and workers who switch out the murals each fall as crops are harvested. Admission is free. Hours vary:

Memorial Day-Labor Day: 8:00am-9:00pm, 7 days a week

April, May, September & October: 8:00am-5:00pm, 7 days a week

December-March: 8:00am-5:00pm, Monday thru Saturday


Carnegie Resource Center

Discover historical information on the Mitchell area as well as Corn Palace collections. There are also historical and genealogical displays that get changed out from time to time. Open all year from 1:00pm-5:00pm, Monday thru Saturday.


Dakota Discovery Museum

Learn about the culture of the pioneers and Native Americans who occupied this area from the 1600s all the way until the 1930s. The 1886 Beckwith House was built for the man who created the Corn Palace – Louise Beckwith – as well as the Oscar Howe Gallery – named for the man known across the globe for his Corn Palace artwork.

Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for senior citizens, $3 for students ages 6-17, children 5 & under are free. (Group rates are available – call for info.)

Winter Hours (October-April): Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm, closed Saturday & Sunday

Summer hours, June-August: 9:00am-7:00pm, Closed Sunday; May & September: 9:00am-5:00pm Monday-Saturday, 1:00pm-4:00pm Sunday.


McGovern Legacy Museum

Take a peek into the lives of two of the most well-known Dakota Wesleyan University graduates – George and Eleanor McGovern. The museum will take you through their young years and all the way through George’s political career and fight to put an end to world hunger.

Admission is free, but donations are welcome. It is open all year, 8:00am-5:00pm Monday-Friday and depends on McGovern Library’s hours.


Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village

Check out the Mandan ancestor archeological site where corn was grown 1,100 years ago. The site is offers a life-sized replica of an earth lodge that you can walk through as well as a reassembled buffalo skeleton. See bones, stones, shells, as well as pant remains, and let the kids dig for an arrowhead! The Archeodome, constructed over part of the site, features a first-class archeological facility that offers access to the continuing excavation.

Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for senior citizens (60+), $4 for students ages 6-18, and free for children 5 & under. Hours from Memorial Day Weekend – Labor Day are 8:am-6:00pm daily; April & October hours are 9:00am-6:00pm Monday-Saturday and closed Sunday; May & September hours are 9:00am-6:00pm Monday-Saturday and 10:00am-6:00pm Sunday; November – March visits are available by appointment only. 

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