Within the community of Mitchell you can experience the rich historical and cultural attractions including the World's Only Corn Palace, Cabela's Wildlife Exhibits, Carnegie Resource Center, McGovern Legacy Museum, and the Prehistoric Indian Village.
The World's Only Corn Palace stands as a majestic, uniquely American, folk art icon on the rolling prairies of South Dakota. Today the Corn Palace lives on because it has a story to tell, about a state and a people who have prevailed in a land that writes its own rules about who lives here and what grows here.
The Carnegie Resource Center is within walking distance of the Corn Palace and an excellent complement to your Corn Palace tour. The center houses a permanent collection of Corn Palace memorabilia as well as a number of changing exhibits pertaining to Mitchell area history and genealogy. You can view the mural “Sun and Clouds and Rain Over Hills” in the dome of the Carnegie Resource Center painted by the Dakota Yanktonai artist Oscar Howe.
The McGovern Legacy Museum provides visitors a unique journey through the lives of two of Dakota Wesleyan University's most recognizable graduates, George and Eleanor McGovern. The exhibit begins during World War II, and their years as leaders in the South Dakota Democratic Party. The 1972 presidential race is featured prominently, as is George McGovern's continuing commitment to fight global hunger. During the self-guided tour, visitors have the opportunity to view a variety of short films narrated by George McGovern.
The Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village is an archeological site, where Arikara Indians were growing corn 1,000 years ago, features a full-scale, walk-through reproduction of an earth lodge and a completely reconstructed buffalo skeleton. Other discoveries, including bones, stones, shells, animal and plant remains are all on exhibit. Kids can dig for a free arrowhead! The Archeodome, built over a portion of the village site is a world-class archeological facility that allows archeologists and the public access to this ongoing excavation project.
The Wild Animal Displays at Cabela's feature amazing museum-quality trophy mounts, a spectacular conservation mountain, and fantastic freshwater aquariums showcasing fish native to the Missouri River, which runs through South Dakota. Your whole family will love this unusual and interesting display.
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