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Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village

3200 Indian Village Road, Mitchell, SD 57301
+1 605-996-5473
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Worth an hour of your time

We stopped by expecting to see more of a village, but mainly this place is a covered dig for... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Lipadad
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Harleysville, Pennsylvania
Very interesting

This is a very good stop for anyone interested in early native Americans and their plains... read more

Reviewed 4 October 2017
Lori D
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Collinsville
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The Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village is the only archaeological site in South Dakota open to the public. It is a 1,000 year-old village located on the shores of lovely Lake Mitchell. Each summer students from the University of Exeter, England and Augustana University, Sioux Falls continue the excavation of the site. Tours are given every day during the summer months by knowledgeable guides. Plenty of activities for all ages. Visit the museum, the dig site (located in the Archeodome) and Shoppe Antiquary (a gift shop featuring Native American jewelry, pottery, art and more). Our biggest event of the year is Archeology Awareness Days, held on July 2nd and 3rd, 2016. Open Monday thru Saturday 8:00am - 7:00 pm beginning Memorial Day weekend; open Sundays 10:00am to 6:00pm. Open the rest of the year 9:00am - 6:00pm.
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“dig site” (27 reviews)
“arrow heads” (4 reviews)
“museum tour” (3 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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3200 Indian Village Road, Mitchell, SD 57301
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+1 605-996-5473
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Reviewed yesterday

We stopped by expecting to see more of a village, but mainly this place is a covered dig for artifacts. Interesting, but a bit disappointing to us. There was nothing going on when we were there, just static exhibits, which were worth reading the information...More

Thank Lipadad
Reviewed 4 October 2017 via mobile

This is a very good stop for anyone interested in early native Americans and their plains lifestyle. Our guide, Dennis, was excellent and very informative.More

Thank Lori D
Cynthia G, Executive Director at Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2017

Thank you for your nice review. We agree, Dennis is excellent! We are so fortunate to have Dennis here. He is a retired school teacher (most visitors get that) and is priceless to the Village. Thank you for visiting and we hope that you come...More

Reviewed 20 September 2017

We were surprised by the detail of the museum and the archedome and the research presented. Dennis, our tour guide, was fabulous!! I knew he had to have been a teacher in his past and discovered that I was right...A great video, tour of the...More

Thank Kathy L
Cynthia G, Executive Director at Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, responded to this reviewResponded 22 September 2017

Thank you for the great review. Dennis IS a terrific guide - you should see how schoolchildren react when he is guiding school tours - they cling to every word he says! We treasure Dennis, our longest serving guide, and we hope that he can...More

Reviewed 4 September 2017

I grew up in Huron and have traveled through Mitchell my whole life, and have never stopped here. It's a great educational attraction that showcases the history of this area. It's not expensive to attend, and there is a lot of information. The people who...More

Thank LauriH44
Cynthia G, Executive Director at Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, responded to this reviewResponded 7 September 2017

Thank you for the great review. It means so much to us when locals visit and then do as you have done! We are so much more than just a museum - we offer special events throughout the year! Just check our website or Facebook...More

Reviewed 23 August 2017

Archaeologists were working beneath the large dome over the site the day we were there. It was the first time we had seen any such work and it was quite interesting. There also are exhibits to view and if one has an interest in such...More

Thank Roy C
Cynthia G, Executive Director at Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, responded to this reviewResponded 24 August 2017

Thank you for your comments. It always surprise folks who are not aware that we are an active archaeological site when they come here and see the archaeologists excavating. For us, it is the most exciting time of year!

Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

Well worth the $5 entry fee. Introduction Video was a little long but informative. Displays very nice and a couple of guides were quite informative.

Thank Rocky_44_44
Reviewed 7 August 2017

This site is great for families too. Kids can dig for plastic arrowheads in a sandbox that is squared off just like the actual dig, and then trade the in for real (and free!) arrowheads at the gift shop. The site is really cool to...More

Thank enstrim
Reviewed 29 July 2017 via mobile

I found this place fascinating! Walking the path to the Archeodome you could look over the rolling grassland and see small yellow flags which outlined ancient lodges below, yet to be excavated. Walking through the model lodge in the museum really gave you a sense...More

Thank harkins2017
Cynthia G, Executive Director at Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, responded to this reviewResponded 2 August 2017

We're glad that you were able to see the Village! Come back someday and let us know about your experience. Thank you for the nice review!

Reviewed 29 July 2017 via mobile

Passing through Mitchell on the way home to Iowa we stopped here to enjoy a history of the local Indians first part of the tour was very enjoyable and fun and was sent to a different building for the second part of the tour the...More

Thank oldmanjoe1956
Cynthia G, Executive Director at Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, responded to this reviewResponded 2 August 2017

We are so sorry your Archeodome experience was less than satisfactory. Tressa, the young lady you were referring to, is an intern archaologist and I am surprised that she did not have answers to your questions. While it is highly unlikely that we would find...More

Reviewed 26 July 2017

My wife and I visited the Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village when we stopped in Mitchell, SD on a western states vacation. Having only a mild interest, we really weren't expecting much. This archeological site and educational center was fascinating! The staff were knowledgeable and displays/exhibits...More

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Cynthia G, Executive Director at Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, responded to this reviewResponded 27 July 2017

Thank you for this wonderful review. We are very proud of what we are doing here at the Village and prouder still when we hear from folks like yourselves!

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Christina H
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Response from Cynthia G | Property representative |
Yes, we are handicapped accessible! We also have a wheelchair available for those who may need it.
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