The South Dakota Discovery Center is dedicated to providing hands-on science learning through our exhibit hall, classes for children and families, and resources for educators and youth program leaders in order to increase science literacy.

We offer a wide variety of opportunities and services so that South Dakota’s children, families and educators have increased access to hands-on science exploration and fun.

Mission Statement

To provide South Dakotans science opportunities that spark exploration and new discovery at every age level.

Vision Statement

Our vision is to be a center which creates curiosity in children, inspires teachers, and motivates citizens so that they will seek scientific knowledge and value a healthy environment.


Founded in 1989 as a state Centennial project, our science center is housed in an historic building that used to be the power plant for the city of Pierre. Our facility makes a great backdrop for family portraits, senior photos and even wedding photos (regular entrance fees apply.)

The South Dakota Discovery Center (formerly the South Dakota Discovery Center and Aquarium) is incorporated in the state of South Dakota as a nonoprofit organization. We are recongized as a tax exempt education agency by the South Dakota Department of Reveneue as well as an exempt organization under section 501(c)3 of the United States Internal Revenue Service code. Our Form 990 is available for inspection by July 1 for the previous year.

Board Members 2020

Zach Parsons, President
Troy Wiebe, Vice President
Andy Bruels, Secretary/Treasurer
Grace Beck
Kim Brakke
Jasper Diegel
Jaimie Huizenga
Liz Marso
Shuree Mortenson
Blake Severyn

Form 990


Upcoming events

  • 1 Sep 2020
    805 W Sioux Ave, Pierre SD 57501

Thank you to the 
Friends of the South Dakota Discovery Center. 
Friends provide on going support so that the
children and families in our community have access to hands-on science learning, now and in the future.

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