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Experience the history of South Dakota agriculture and settlement; learn about the technology of farming and life in the northern Great Plains at the South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum. We offer both school and group guided tours of the museum upon request. Our tours are free to the public, but we do recommend a donation of $3 per person.

To schedule a tour at the South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum choose the tour option that best applies to you. Please read through recommended scheduling information below before submitting your tour request form.

SCHOOL TOUR OPTIONS

We offer 2 tour variations for school groups.

Option 1: Museum Only Tour (Recommended for groups around 40 or less):
With option 1 we will organize a tour of the museum for your requested group, and provide in museum educational enrichment and activities for them to enjoy. We find that smaller group sizes make for a more rewarding museum experience, but if your school group exceeds the recommended number of people, separate tours may be set up on different days to accommodate the entire group, (For example, if you would like to arrange for your entire 4th grade level to come, we can easily split the grade level up between two weekdays and accommodate all students).

Option 2: Museum and Campus Rotations (Recommended for larger groups):
With option 2, you may set up a tour through the museum to visit our museum, as well as some of SDSU’s most popular campus attractions!

Alongside the museum, alternate group rotations include:

  • SDSU Dairy Bar- Takes a minimum of 45 minutes. The cost for 1 scoop is $1.49 and 2 scoops is @2.49.
  • The South Dakota Art Museum –Takes a minimum of 45 minutes.
  • The SDSU Horse Unit-Takes a minimum of 45 minutes
  • McCrory Gardens: your group may choose to tour the grounds as well as have a picnic lunch. – Tours take a minimum of 1 hour, with lunch expect to be there a minimum of 2 hours.
    (Disclaimer: All campus attractions may not be available on your requested tour day, the earlier you make a request the more likely the availability).
  • Other locations available under special request.

School Tour Registration Form

NOTICE: When you are on a school-sanctioned field trip, you, the teacher are responsible for your class.  Even though you are not in your classroom, you are still the adult responsible for the safety and education of the children in your care.

  • The museum is a busy place, so book your tour at least 10 days in advance.
  • When making reservations, please have a minimum of 3 alternate dates in mind.  The date you have in mind may already be booked.  The Museum will not accept tours made through a third party.
  • Guided tours are a minimum of 45 minutes and are led by a member of the museum staff or a volunteer.  Tours consist of an age appropriate lesson/activity.  Self-guided/teacher led tours are welcome, but you still MUST make a reservation reservations.
  • We request that school groups have at least 1 adult for every 10 children.  Teachers and chaperones must stay with the group throughout the visit.
  • If your group is delayed, your plans change, or you decide to cancel, please notify the museum as soon as possible. Contact the museum at 605-688-6226 or by e-mail at SDSU.AgMuseum@sdstate.edu
  • There is a small gift shop in the museum where unique South Dakota gifts, books, and souvenirs may be purchased.  The shop is small and can accommodate no more than 3 students at a time; they must be accompanied by an adult.  Allowing your students into the shop is your option.
  • If you have students who have special needs, please let the museum know this at the time you make the reservation.  With this information, we can plan a more effective tour. If you have a number of students in your group for whom English is NOT their first language, we need to know that also.  Adjustments can be made so that they too, can understand the tour and have fun.
  • In order to preserve the artifacts on exhibit for future generations, we ask you to not smoke, eat, or drink while in the Museum. We also ask that you do not touch artifacts unless directed by a museum attendant.
  • Buses can unload passengers in our visitors lot to the West of the building directly off  11th Street. Buses may park in lot 115 directly behind the museum.
  • If you are arriving in a car caravan, you will need parking permits for each vehicle.  The permits can be obtained in advance by contacting the museum at 605-688-6226. Cars may park in the museum's West visitor's lot, as well as lots 114 and 115 directly behind the museum.
  • SDSU Parking Maps

GROUP TOURS (NON-SCHOOL)

  • Group tours are recommended for groups of 40 or less.
  • Our tours are free to the public, but we do recommend a donation of $3 per person.  After hours Docent Guided Tours have a $5.00/person fee.
  • The museum can accommodate bus tours Monday-Friday 9 am – 4 pm. Self-guided tours are welcome, but you still MUST make a reservation reservations.
  • Buses can unload passengers in our visitors lot to the West of the building directly off  11th Street. Buses may park in lot 115 directly behind the museum.
  • If you are arriving in a car caravan, you will need parking permits for each vehicle.  The permits can be obtained in advance by contacting the museum at 605-688-6226. Cars may park in the museum's West visitor's lot, as well as lots 114 and 115 directly behind the museum.
  • SDSU Parking Maps

Group Tour Registration Form

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Students on a tour.
Students doing a science activity
Students on a guided school tour