Museum Hosting Open House to Kick Off Membership Drive

The Dakota Discovery Museum invites the community to a free Open House event on Friday, June 27.  The museum, which was founded in 1939, holds a vast collection of historic items, photographic and archival material, as well as nearly 300 original works of art, including the nation’s largest collection of works by SD born illustrator Charles Hargens and the second largest collection of work by Native American artist Oscar Howe.

The museum complex includes the six galleries of the Randall Building and four buildings within the Historic Village.  The galleries of the Randall Building include the Middle Border History Gallery, the Charles Hargens Studio & Gallery, the Oscar Howe Art Gallery, the Case Dakota Gallery and the Terrace and Gates Changing Galleries.  The Historic Village holds the 1886 Italianate Beckwith House, 1885 Territorial School, 1908 Country Church and 1914 Milwaukee Depot.

The museum’s collections and buildings are a great educational resource in the community.  During the past year, over 1000 regional school children have toured the museum learning about the history, art and culture of the upper Great Plains.  Over 6,500 guests from around the nation and the world have toured as well, who are amazed by the quality of the exhibits housed in the museum.

Friday, June 27 from 5 pm to 7 pm will be everyone’s chance to come tour the museum’s exhibits, enjoy “Behind the Scenes” tours of the storage and work areas, and hear about all the exciting programs, classes and preservation work being done at the museum!  Refreshments will be provided.

The Dakota Discovery Museum is located on the campus of the Dakota Wesleyan University at 1300 McGovern Avenue, Mitchell.  For more information on current exhibits and events visit or call 605-996-2122.

Dakota Discovery Museum
Lori Holmberg, Executive Director

PO Box 1071
1300 McGovern Ave.
Mitchell, SD  57301


Dakota Discovery Museum is operated by the Friends of the Middle Border, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation.