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Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village

3200 Indian Village Road, Mitchell, SD 57301
+1 605-996-5473
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Excellent tour from a very knowledgeable guide (Thomas) who answered all of our questions

More to learn than I expected. The lodge was interesting. I will try to return when an actual dig... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
606georgiapeach
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Sioux City, Iowa
So much history with hands in learning

We love to share this gem with visitors. Wether family or tourists we've just met, we tell them to... read more

Reviewed 2 April 2018
mitswan
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South Dakota
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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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3200 Indian Village Road, Mitchell, SD 57301
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Reviewed 6 days ago

More to learn than I expected. The lodge was interesting. I will try to return when an actual dig is happening.More

Thank 606georgiapeach
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Cynthia G, Executive Director at Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for the great review! Thomas is an amazing young man and we are so happy to have him on our team. We do hope to see you during the dig - this year it takes place from June 12 to July 11 and...More

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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

We love to share this gem with visitors. Wether family or tourists we've just met, we tell them to be sure and visit the Prehistoric Indian Village. They show the details of housing, crops and daily life of the native Americans who lived in that...More

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Cynthia G, Executive Director at Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for the nice review. We apologize for the late response - we've been so busy with school tours - more than 1,000 school children have visited us since the beginning of March! Our summer dig takes place from June 12 to July 11...More

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Reviewed 2 December 2017

It's had an uplift.The curator of the place has managed to pull together the place in a redesign of the first building the houses the admin areas and gift area. She's added activities for the kids to enjoy so that this is a more hands...More

Thank Donna P
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Cynthia G, Executive Director at Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for such an awesome review! Our museum takes a team to do all the things we do and we are so happy that you like us! We do apologize for the late response - it's been a busy winter and we've had more...More

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Reviewed 18 November 2017

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
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Cynthia G, Executive Director at Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, responded to this reviewResponded 29 November 2017

Thank you for your review. We're not sure when you visited us, but if you were here in the fall months, we agree, it can be quiet. Summer time is when our dig takes place. And, we are not a recreation of a village like...More

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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
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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

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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
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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

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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
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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

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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

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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!

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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.

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Cynthia G, Executive Director at Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Wow! How did we miss this review? We are so happy that you liked us!

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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

1  Thank enstrim
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Cynthia G, Executive Director at Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

How did we miss this awesome review???!!! We apologize for the tardy response. We are so happy that you liked us! We hope you come back again someday!

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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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