Kids can milk a life-size fiberglass cow and learn all sorts of other skills that seem fun and may someday be necessary if we suffer an apocalypse. Banish that thought. There hasn’t been one since this collection was begun in 1884 as a zoological project. Today the South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum’s mission is to show the history, passion and resourcefulness of rural America through hands-on learning and farm artifacts. The museum has long been located in a 1924 livestock show pavilion, the perfect atmosphere for what happens inside. Admission is free. Be sure to visit the gift shop, which stocks fine chocolates, locally produced coffees and teas and books by and about Laura Ingalls Wilder, the most famous farm girl ever to live in South Dakota.
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