Whether you’re looking for amusement on a rainy day, or an escape from sweltering summer heat or winter cold, South Dakota has an abundance of indoor attractions that will have you marveling at the variety of what is available in South Dakota. Museums, a science center, animal attractions, and much more are awaiting you when you decide to move indoors.
National Music Museum – Vermillion
The National Music Museum & Center for Study of the History of Musical Instruments, located on the University of South Dakota campus, houses outstanding collections of historic instruments, including over 14,500 American, European, and non-Western instruments. This collection, renowned for its breadth and depth, is the most inclusive anywhere.
Goss Opera House – Watertown
The restored Goss Opera House and Gallery has hosted a wide variety of art and entertainment – from Second City comedy tour to the South Dakota Chamber Orchestra, from nationally acclaimed musicians to the Dinosaur Adventure exhibit currently on display.
Washington Pavilion of Arts and Sciences – Sioux Falls
The Washington Pavilion of Arts and Sciences in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is the perfect place to spend a rainy day with the family. As the state’s premier entertainment, cultural and educational facility, the Pavilion features a Visual Arts Center, the Kirby Science Discovery Center, the Wells Fargo CineDome Theater, and the Husby Performing Arts Center.
State Capitol Building – Pierre
South Dakota became a state in 1889, and between 1905 and 1910, the capital building in Pierre, South Dakota, was built after a long campaign by the city of Pierre to become South Dakota’s capital city.
Mitchell Corn Palace – Mitchell
Mitchell, South Dakota boasts the world’s one and only corn palace. If you were to stop tourists and ask for their impressions as they leave The World’s Only Corn Palace in Mitchell, it would not be uncommon to hear “It’s just a gym with corn on it” from one visitor and “It’s the most incredible thing I’ve ever seen” from the next.
Wall Drug – Wall
South Dakota’s Wall Drug brings in tourists from all over who spend countless hours partaking of the free, 76,000-square-feet of fun and shopping that is the modern Wall Drug.
Museum of Visual Materials – Sioux Falls
The Museum of Visual Materials, located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is a museum unlike any other. Housed in one of the oldest buildings in downtown Sioux Falls, the Museum of Visual Materials is dedicated to the experiences of the fives senses.
South Dakota Art Museum – Brookings
The South Dakota Art Museum has been showcasing South Dakota’s local art and artists since 1970. Located in Brookings, South Dakota, the museum has a permanent collection, as well as changing exhibitions, lectures, workshops, and guided tours. The museum has six galleries, a Museum Store, and a Kid’s Sensation Station.
Wounded Knee Museum
On December 23, 1890, US troops massacred almost 300 Lakota Sioux men, women, and children at what would become known as the Wounded Knee Massacre. The Wounded Knee Museum is dedicated to telling the story of the Lakota families whose lives were profoundly changed or lost at Wounded Knee.
Agricultural Heritage Museum
Anyone who has drive past a verdant cornfield, or spotted a field full of cows grazing, knows that agriculture is essential to the South Dakota way of life. The South Dakota State Agricultural Heritage Museum is dedicated to preserving this rich agricultural history and and rural heritage.
Terry Redlin Art Center – Watertown
The Terry Redlin Art Center was designed as a gift to the state of South Dakota, and the town of Watertown. Redlin was given a scholarship from the state of South Dakota which sent him through art school, and he decided he wanted to honor the state and the people of Watertown by placing his art center there.
Sertoma Butterfly House – Sioux Falls
The Sertoma Butterfly House, located in Sertoma Park in Sioux Falls, is a haven for butterfly fans. With a mission to conserve and and increase awareness of natural surroundings, the butterfly house introduces the public to the majesty of the butterfly.