The Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society collects, preserves, and interprets the social, political, and cultural history of the State of South Dakota and Dakota Territory. The museum makes its collections available through exhibitions, loans to other museums, and publications. The collections in storage are open for study by appointment.
The Museum has 15,000 sq. ft. of exhibition space located in the Cultural Heritage Center. The exhibits are divided into the following six galleries: Oyate Tawicoh'an, the religious and social beliefs of the American Indians living on the northern plains; Proving Up; Hogen Gallery; Heritage Gallery; Collection Gallery, and Observation Gallery.