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Brown County: Culture and Nature Unite


PIERRE, S.D. – Brown County offers a variety of cultural attractions telling the story of South Dakota. 

The Dacotah Prairie Museum of Aberdeen, the state’s third largest city, hosts exhibits concerning the lives and lifestyles of the early prairie settlers.

Learn the history of the railroad and its influence on settlement and American Indian life. 

Discover the history and heritage of Brown County. The museum also offers the Hatterscheidt Wildlife Gallery to entertain and educate the younger members of the family. Visit for more information. 

Visit the Centennial Village and take a trip back in time to the early days of life on the prairie. Immerse yourself in pioneer atmosphere and learn what life was like for the prairie inhabitants.

 For those interested in taking a breathtaking outdoor adventure, the Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge, located near Columbia, is a haven for the outdoor enthusiast. Home to more than 266 species of birds, 40 mammal species, and a variety of fish, reptiles and amphibians, the refuge provides wonderful viewing opportunities for visitors. 

Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge is named one of the “Top 15 Birding Sites in North America” by WildBird Magazine. Call (605) 885-6320 or visit for more information. 

The Uniquely South Dakota series is a project of the South Dakota Office of Tourism designed to highlight unique aspects and attractions in each of South Dakota’s 66 counties.