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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      $8 
Grades 1-12        $4

Family rate:       $25

Senior Citizens   $6 (65+)
Preschool        Free

Heritage Hall Museum

800 S Cedar St, Freeman, SD 57029



Summer Hours:

June 1 through September 

Monday - Friday 9 am-4 pm


Limiting groups to 10 or less. Visitors will be staggered and we request that masks be worn.

Closed on weekends during Coronavirus.

Winter Hours:

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

Our Story

A South Dakota Museum

Ours is an unintentional museum. What today is known as Heritage Hall Museum & Archives began as a collection. A collection that grew into this amazing South Dakota Museum.

The museum’s story begins in the 1920s, when Freeman College Professor Benjamin P. Waltner asked his students to bring interesting rocks and fossils to study. By 1930, the Freeman Junior College Catalog listed the collection as “a museum of geology and mineralogy.” And so it began.

Over time, several historic buildings were added to the museum complex. Each historic building has a unique story that adds dimension and depth to understanding the early years of the greater Freeman community.

We have one of the area’s most unique and diverse collections of items that represent our heritage and the history of this community. You would be hard-pressed to find another museum in the region that has a collection to rival ours. We are both a tourist destination and a resource for students and scholars alike. 

We invite you to participate in the work that is being done at Heritage Hall Museum & Archives. Become a member, stop by and volunteer for a few hours, lend your expertise to develop a new display, consider a monetary gift that will help the work here continue. Or come visit us! Most folks spend an hour and a half to two hours here, and there is always more to see. We look forward to seeing you soon!