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Lots of Artifacts, Relaxed Feel

Relaxed family friendly feel. Very informational. It has various accurate historical scenes. We... read more

Reviewed 19 June 2018
Destiny S
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The main building had a lot of good displays set up. It is a nice place to spend time when it is... read more

Reviewed 16 June 2017
Vickie B
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Jun 19, 2018
“Lots of Artifacts, Relaxed Feel”
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“Excellent Collection of Period Items”
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102 1st Street Northwest De Smet, SD 57231, De Smet, SD
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Loads of period clothing. Very interesting artifacts, including the hotel register from February 5, 1884 signed by Miss Laura Ingalls. Must see!

Thank MarySekula
Reviewed 19 June 2018 via mobile

Relaxed family friendly feel. Very informational. It has various accurate historical scenes. We spent about 45 minutes going through the original De Smet depot, a one room schoolhouse, wildlife room, and printing press museum.

Thank Destiny S
Reviewed 26 August 2017 via mobile

The depot was filled with lots of historical items. The first t.v. in De Smet, old typewriters, a phonograph, historical clothing, and so much more. Our kids enjoyed seeing the school housemaid learning about the famous local artist.

Thank NiceFLTraveler
Reviewed 20 July 2017

There are 3 small buildings and a schoolhouse that make up this museum. There is a nice collection of vintage clothing in the Depot.

Thank SusannaCreek
Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

This is good if you've done everything else in town and you have time to burn. Took about 20 min for us to go through. Good if you really like local museums I guess. I found the clothes the most interesting.

Thank rntoyota5
Reviewed 16 June 2017

The main building had a lot of good displays set up. It is a nice place to spend time when it is raining outside and is worth checking out

Thank Vickie B
Reviewed 6 August 2016

There were a lot of items in this museum. Some of it was set up like dioramas so that made it more interesting. It was a good place to go to when it was raining. Free museum.

Thank Cindy D
Reviewed 21 July 2016

What a great historical museum this is, full of interesting artifacts housed inside Desmet's old train depot. I spent an hour looking at a great collection of historic clothing, an early 20th century kitchen exhibit, an old dental office with all of its implements, and...More

2  Thank MNDoodles
Reviewed 6 July 2016

This museum has a lot packed into the depot, rebuilt after the one Laura Ingalls Wilder would have known burned down. What used to be the men's and women's waiting rooms, ticket window, luggage room, and other depot rooms, now holds all sorts of interesting...More

1  Thank historygirl1649
Reviewed 28 September 2015

This is a free museum exhibit (donations accepted). It is a very interesting place to learn some of the history of DeSmet and the surrounding areas. Make sure to check out the Harvey Dunn school as well.

1  Thank HikerEllie
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