South Dakota Discovery Center

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Our exhibit hall is open to the public! To reduce the spread of germs, the exhibit hall will be limited to 25 people at a time. This requires advanced online registration using timed ticketing, allowing you to visit at your preferred time. Please bring your masks when you visit!

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Our Response to COVID 
in Hughes County

The South Dakota Discovery Center is concerned about COVID19 in our community. The uptick in numbers starting in the middle of September caused us to revise our operations and procedures. We started using the scale developed by the Harvard Global Health Institute and Brown University to understand the risk in Hughes County. While this is not the only tool we use to inform our decisions, it is the primary one to help us understand the current COVID19 situation.

In response to the increased numbers in Hughes County, we are increasing measures to protect our staff. Should the staff and board decide to close our exhibit hall, notifications will be posted on our website and social media channels. Any purchases for ticket entries will be refunded.

We strongly encourage all visitors to understand the current risk level and take that into consideration when planning a visit.

Risk Levels

The Harvard Global Health Institute and Brown University Global Epidemic project have identified four levels of risk (red, orange, yellow and green) and associated actions that local governments can take to help stop the spread of COVID19.

To see the data for Hughes County, please see Hughes County COVID19 data. To see the data for South Dakota and the US please visit

Read or listen to the NPR story on this tool.

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Help us reach our GOAL!

We are so close to reaching our goal to receive a $20,000 gift from the South Dakota Community Foundation!

Over the last 3 years, we have raised $70,000, leaving us with $10,000 for the last stretch. If we can raise the reamining amount by September 30, we will receive a $20,000 match from the South Dakota Community Foundation that will be added to our endowment fund!

Help us establish a safety net for the SD Discovery Center so that we can continue to serve our community, no matter what happens!

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Endowment Fund

Your donation to our endowment fund through the South Dakota Community Foundation will help ensure future generations have access to the South Dakota Discovery Center.

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