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Old Courthouse Museum

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19th-century courthouse now functioning as a museum dedicated to the history of the region. People often mention history, Sioux, Falls, building, exhibits, museum, great,


200 W 6th St, Sioux Falls, SD 57104




(605) 367-4210

Rating on Google Maps

4.60 (632 reviews)

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Working Hours

  • Sunday: (Easter), 12 to 5 PM, Hours might differ
  • Monday: 8 AM to 5 PM
  • Tuesday: 8 AM to 5 PM
  • Wednesday: 8 AM to 5 PM
  • Thursday: 8 AM to 9 PM
  • Friday: 8 AM to 5 PM
  • Saturday: 9 AM to 5 PM

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Frequently mentioned in reviews: history (11) Sioux (10) Falls (10) building (7) exhibits (7) museum (7) great (6)
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  • 5/5 Sarah C. 1 year ago on Google
    I have a little history with the Old Courthouse Museum as we had our wedding reception there several years ago. It is a stunning venue and the staff was so great to work with. If you are looking for a wedding or reception venue, I would recommend checking it out. Well worth it! Today we went back through just because we like the building. We parked in the side lot near the back courtyard. They have so many exhibits there but walking through the building itself is always a great experience! Side note* to the gal in the gift shop working your first day, you did great! Thank you for your help!
    9 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Michael M. 2 years ago on Google
    Top notch museum that is FREE! Beautiful building to begin with. There are great displays to get visitors more familiar with Sioux Falls. During my visit there were some wonderful temporary exhibits. Wish there was better parking, but you sure can't beat FREE!
    6 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Logan H. 9 months ago on Google
    My girlfriend and I stopped in on our trip to Sioux Falls to see some of the historic pieces and check the place out. We really enjoyed ourselves. There are some really cool pieces and artifacts throughout the building. It's also completely free of charge. Donations are accepted and encouraged, though.
    3 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Luba S. 2 years ago on Google
    The museum is also the venue for the weddings! Admission is free. No online reservations are required. My favorite section was the “dolls and toys collection”. The exhibits are on the first and the second floors of the old courthouse in Sioux Falls downtown
    3 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Szilard K. 10 months ago on Google
    Pretty museum we enjoyed it. View things to discover, you can park next to the building for 2h, tight if you are going in derail
    2 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Lindsay S. 2 years ago on Google
    FREE....but if you enjoy your experience they have a donation box. We definitely donated. The building itself is just beautiful to see, and there are several interesting exhibits throughout. They have a car Teddy Roosevelt rode in a parade in the city, a tree that got pierced by a steel girder during a 1932 tornado, an old school voting machine that you can operate, and more. Stop in for a little South Dakota history. The staff were also very friendly and helpful.
    2 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Yohi S. 1 year ago on Google
    Wonderful place to visit! A three story building with collections, conference halls, etc. very good architecture… very nice collections, especially with the makeup and hairdressing sets which was used in 1930s.. Most important free entrance… Fantastic gift shop! Enjoyed very much…
    2 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 small potato in the U. 11 months ago on Google
    A fantastic way to learn about the local history. Who would know there was a nuclear reactor in the region that only operated for one year before decommission? It is hard to imagine how the life of a person entrusted with the duty of climbing hundreds of stairs to wind the clock was in the old days. The visit was a lot more educational than we could have ever expected. Native Americans stalked preys before the re-introduction of horses by Europeans. They were also innovative by luring bison into natural sinkholes, but ambushing eagles is something we can never think of. Among the museum collection, I find the antique automobile and loom the most intriguing. Needless to say, the courthouse room was beautifully restored.
    2 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 C R. 1 year ago on Google
    If you like local history, this is a must see. Free entrance, street parking, lots to see within the old courthouse. Easily spend a few hours here. Multiple storied structure. Would recommend.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Dave C. 9 months ago on Google
    This was a pleasant surprise. We visit a lot of local museums and this one didn't disappoint. The first floor had some great historical information, some of it novelty stuff like makeup and beauty history. The second floor was the beautiful courtrooms and a nice American flag display and the third floor is the balcony over the courthouse. A lot of information for a small proce of FREE.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 陈中贤 1 year ago on Google
    This museum is nice and shows the history of the city very well. And it's completely free.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Jase Dewald P. 1 year ago on Google
    Beautiful historic and iconic staple of Sioux Falls. Recent photographed a wedding at The Old Courthouse Museum and loved all of the small details in architecture and history this place holds.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 4/5 Chang-Tsan L. 2 years ago on Google
    We stopped by here after visiting the Falls Park. I didn't really know what to expect to see before arriving here, but there were quite a few sections of display which were interesting and informative. The old motorcycle display was one of the coolest sections. I was glad to learn a bit the history of the city, including some of the calamities. Very good organization.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 3/5 Kit k. 2 years ago on Google
    Architecture is neat, the old staircase is cool and the ballroom with the balcony is lovely. I particular enjoyed viewing the indigenous section and artifacts. Everything else is kinda meh.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 David S. 2 years ago on Google
    I absolutely loved the wood work and the floors are amazing. They just don't build structures like these anymore. The staff was great, the gentleman in the gift shop informed us about other museum so we check that one out too
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Tristan P. 1 year ago on Google
    This was a fun experience. The rooms in the old courthouse are filled with exhibits that include a wide variety of topics. Some that pertain to South Dakota and Sioux Falls, and some that are just general pop culture history. It was interesting and took about an hour to go through

  • 5/5 Kathy R. 1 year ago on Google
    I attended a historical talk. It was well attended but I was dismayed that the speaker read the speech out of a 3 ring binder. I left before it was over. The museum has several rooms with nice displays. Nice place to spend a couple of hours learning about Sioux Falls.

  • 5/5 Mark 11 months ago on Google
    Took the kids here for a dose of culture. Very committed and friendly staff. Beautiful exhibits and quiet and interesting rooms for reflection on Sioux Falls past. Very glad we visited.

  • 5/5 Wholesome W. 9 months ago on Google
    The Old Courthouse Museum is a gem of the Sioux Falls Heritage Museum offerings (see also the Pettigrew Home). Large, ornate with a hint of mystery, exhibits are tucked in to rooms begging to be explored. Walk up the black stairs between the naturalistic murals depicting the local Sioux Falls for beautiful rooms, walls and ceilings. A favorite piece was an authentic copy of the Peace and Friendship Treaty from 1815 (!!!) lovely gift shop with a unique focus on South Dakota and Little House on the Prairie. Free admission and the air conditioning is nice and cooling on a hot summer day.

  • 5/5 michelle m. 1 year ago on Google
    So much history to read here, take your time and read 📚 each room is a different little theme very interesting, lots of history about Sioux falls

  • 5/5 Debra B. 6 months ago on Google
    My grandkids and I went there for their Halloween trick or treat event. We go every year! It is very organized, scavenger hunt and candy given, etc. It has become a Halloween tradition for us!

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  • Accessibility
    • ✓️ Wheelchair accessible entrance
    • ✓️ Wheelchair accessible restroom
    • ✓️ Wheelchair accessible parking lot


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