The Adams Museum is the Black Hills’ oldest history museum. In 1930 pioneer businessman W.E. Adams founded the Adams Museum in downtown Deadwood with the purpose of preserving and displaying the history of the Black Hills. He donated the building to the City of Deadwood and placed the operation of the organization in the hands of a board of directors.
The Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, a National Historic Landmark site, is the only active archaeological site in South Dakota that is open to the public. The Village’s Boehnen Memorial Museum and Thomsen Center Archeodome are among the most unique museums in the state. As a research center, it attracts historians, authors, and researchers for its cultural resources in early, pre-Columbian Native American history. For Native Americans, it is an important teaching site that showcases early Native American history on the upper Great Plains, and the contributions of those peoples to modern agriculture.
Since 1970, the South Dakota Art Museum in Brookings has been a destination for people from around the world to enjoy the artistic legacy of South Dakota in all its diversity. Seven galleries feature 15-17 new exhibits every year featuring a wide variety of artworks and themes, many with ties to South Dakota and others that bring international perspectives. Exhibitions are curated from the museum’s extensive collection of Harvey Dunn and Paul Goble, Native American art, Marghab Linens, fine art posters from the 1960s, 1970s and early 1980s in the Cockerline Collection, as well as from the museum’s wide connections to emerging and internationally known artists and traveling exhibitions. The museum has more than 7,000 objects in its collection including paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, textiles and ceramics. The Museum Store features jewelry, pottery, and original works of art by local and regional artists in addition to books on South Dakota history and culture.
The Great Plains Zoo and Delbridge Museum of Natural History is a 45-acre zoo and museum located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States. The Delbridge Museum of Natural History displays 150 mounted animals, including 38 "vanishing species".