Mead Cultural Education Center, Yankton

#9 of 10 in Childrens Museums in South Dakota
Children’s Museum · Hidden Gem · History Museum
Yankton's First Official Historical Museum first opened in 1936 in the former Territorial Council Building. A lot has changed over the years. It became obvious in the 1960s that a new building was needed, and on May 30, 1971 a new building for the Dakota Territorial Museum was formerly dedicated. The old museum was eventually converted into the Max Copper Antique Fishing & Outboard Collection. And there is still more ahead for this first museum of Yankton.

in December 2018, the Dakota Territorial Museum re-opened in their new home -- the Mead Cultural Education Center.

Heritage Park will be moving to the Mead Cultural Education Center in 2020.
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  • Drove up to the Dakota Territorial Museum located at the former South Dakota State Hospital. The building is fabulous inside and outside, and the exhibits were well done. The first floor has a...  more »
  • The Mead Building is a great piece of architecture! The display of Lewis and Clark was fun. The second floor history of what the Mead Building was amazing. I loved the bead and quill display. We...  more »
  • Great history! Well put together self guided tour!
  • Loved it!! Once was a local hospital turned in a hospital for the mental insane. Thought to have ghosts still living on premise. Had spectacular art/history information exhibit from the Lewis and Clark journey. In the process of being renovated but interesting to walk around and see how they are preserving a historical building.

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