Heritage Hall Museum in Freeman, South Dakota tells the story of the German-Russian immigrants and others who settled in Southeastern Dakota territory in the 1870s. Come and discover more!
Lured by the Homestead Act of 1862, settlers from Lutheran, Reformed, Hutterite, and Mennonite backgrounds brought with them their religious traditions, strong work ethic, and determination to survive the hardships of life on the prairie.
Pioneer stories and artifacts narrate the difficulties of living on the plains and the gradual building up of the community that is now Freeman, South Dakota.
From old businesses to cars to household items to natural history displays to local artwork, Heritage Hall Museum in Freeman South Dakota has a vast variety of artifacts that span everyone's interest areas.
The Archives Library preserves more than 10,000 books, maps, periodicals, documents, and photos pertaining to the local history of the Freeman community and beyond.
Sit at a desk in the one-room school house, peer into the Russian oven of an 1879 pioneer home, or admire the simple elegance of two early rural churches in one of the buildings preserved on site.
Learn about how Heritage Hall Museum evolved from a simple idea of community stewardship to the multi-faceted facility it is today. There is something for everyone in the family to enjoy.
If we know WHERE we came from, we may better know WHERE TO GO.
If we know WHO we came from, we may better know WHO WE ARE.
Heritage Hall Museum in Freeman, South Dakota, is pleased to welcome individuals or groups.
School and tour groups are highly encouraged to visit as our staff offers you a one-of-a-kind tour through the museum.
Adult Tickets $5
Grades 1-12 $3
800 S Cedar St, Freeman, SD 57029
May through September
Monday - Friday 9 am-4 pm
Weekends 1-4 pm
October through April
Monday - Friday 12-4 pm
(Closed all weekends and holidays.)
The Archivist is available Monday-Friday or by appointment.
24 mi. south of I-90 Exit 364 on HWY 81. // 32 mi. west of I-29 Exit 47 on HWY 46. Turn north on HWY 81 to Freeman. // 34 mi. north of Yankton on HWY 81.
Heritage Hall Museum in Freeman is a South Dakota museum which tells the story of the German-Russian immigrants and others who settled in Southeastern Dakota territory in the 1870s.