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3200 Indian Village RoadMitchell, SD
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Hours of Operation:
April, May, September & October: 9 AM – 6 PM, Monday – Saturday. Sunday 10 AM – 6 PM (Closed Sunday in April & October).
No Advance booking requirement. You can book online the same day you plan to visit the attraction.
Booking Instructions: Please select the appropriate number of individuals for each activity option. Valid for one time admission.
The Prehistoric Indian Village is located just off Interstate 90 at Mitchell, South Dakota. The Indian Village entices visitors to imagine what it was like to live in a 1,000-year-old former plains village. The Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village includes a museum and archeodome covering six-acres and overlooks the west bank of Lake Mitchell. It holds dual status as a National Register and National Historic Landmark site.
Admission includes access to: The Thomsen Center Archeodome, which covers the open archeology dig in the prehistoric Indian village and provides visitors year-round access. The 10,000-square-foot building encloses two full lodges on its exposed earthen floor. It includes a full laboratory, darkroom, computer classroom, and video conferencing studio. The site is the only preserved and protected archeological site open to the public in the state of South Dakota. The Archeodome provides an enclosed archeological teaching and research facility?one of very few such facilities in North America.
Children can dig for a free arrowhead in our Children’s Dig!
The Boehnen Museum with exhibits including a reconstructed earth lodge, one of over 70 believed to be buried at the site. Other exhibits describe the extensive trade networks, pottery, tools, and spear points.
Archaeology Awareness Days and other special events occur throughout the summer.
Check out the Indian Village’s Shoppe Antiquary where you can purchase Native American Art and Crafts made by local Native American and regional artists.