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Address: 102 1st Street Northwest De Smet, SD 57231, De Smet, SD
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Free and Fun Museum

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... read more

Reviewed 20 July 2016
Stillwater, Minnesota
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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
Stillwater, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 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 much more. I ran out of time to see other buildings on site, but did... More 

1 Thank MNDoodles
McLean, Virginia
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56 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 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 artifacts from a collection of typewriters, radios, phonographs, and other similar technologies to a dentist... More 

1 Thank HistoryGirl1649
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
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 LizaPie
Greenfield, Indiana
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 June 2015

This was an interesting - FREE - exhibit on all things past. Some of them from way back and others from just a couple of years ago.

1 Thank Sarah P
Birmingham, Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 June 2015

Favorite was they used twigs from Pa's cottonwoods to add to the bag they put your souvenirs in. That was very special and we still have those little twigs!

1 Thank 365guest
Morden, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 August 2014 via mobile

Some of the stuff seems like people could not part with it so it was donated. A little too much and some is not local

Thank Brent M
Duluth, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 July 2014

plan to spend some time there...it's not a quick view, but well worth it...very nice volunteers and free of charge. It's not the original depot, that one burned, but it's OLD and very interesting in itself.

1 Thank FifiMitt
Aiken, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 August 2012

This museum containing memorabilia from the area is inside the old train depot. Don't let the first room, filled with old clothes and shoes, turn you off. The other rooms have old type writers, an old dentist's office, and old kitchen items. There are a lot of items from the past that today's young children haved never seen. There are... More 

4 Thank molly30087

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