Our Collections

The collections in our unique South Dakota museum tell our stories.  Heritage Hall Museum has over 20,000 artifacts to explore. There is something for everyone! 

Germans from Russia

Freeman South Dakota Museum

Many of those who settled in this part of southeastern Dakota Territory were German-speaking immigrants who left Russia for new opportunities in  America. Displays trace their immigration and the challenges they faced through immigrant trunks, diaries, and a variety of artifacts they brought with them, giving us a glimpse of what life was like for these immigrants. 

Freeman, SD

Museum South Dakota

Ten years before South Dakota became a  state, the settlement of Freeman began when the Chicago, Milwaukee &  St. Paul Railroad extended a line westward through the area in 1879,  bringing a variety of businesses, goods and opportunities. A general store, doctor’s office, dentist’s office, local banks, printing press and even the town jail are represented in the museum. 

Native History

SD Museum

The land on which our European immigrant forebears settled is the traditional homeland of many other peoples,  including the Yankton Sioux Nation. We honor their culture, their heritage and their continuing connection to the land, water and community. Displays feature arrow heads and early tools, clothing and artwork. Children especially enjoy our brain-tanned buffalo hide and winter count. 

Life on the Prairie

Museum in South Dakota

Pioneers had to be creative and resourceful when they arrived on the  prairie. Once the railroad arrived, settlers could purchase basic goods  without traveling the 30 miles south to the Territorial capital of Yankton. A parlor display, a summer kitchen, an outhouse, and countless household artifacts illustrate the everyday lives of the early settlers. 

Agriculture & Transportation

South Dakota Museum

Settlers generally began their lives in South Dakota with just a wagon and a plow, but times changed quickly.  Trace the development of agricultural implements and transportation vehicles in this area. Tractors, cars, motorcycles, and even a 1927 Lincoln-Page biplane are part of our exhibit. 

Natural History

South Dakota Museum

Animals of all kinds have made South Dakota home, and visitors can get a close-up look at some of the species that lived near Freeman in our natural history display. 

Welcome to Heritage Hall Museum & Archives 


Summer Hours:
May through September
Monday - Friday 9 am-4 pm
Weekends 1-4 pm

Winter Hours:
October through April
Monday - Friday 12-4 pm
(Closed all weekends and holidays.)  

The Archivist is available Monday-Friday or by appointment.