Open May 1 through September 30
or by appointment
Heritage Hall Museum & Archives has over 20,000 items on display.
The Heritage Hall Museum and Archives strives to preserve, educate and foster appreciation for the diverse natural and cultural history of the greater Freeman area, settled largely by Germans from Russia in the 1870s.
Heritage Hall Museum welcomes individuals and families, as well as school and tour groups. Large groups are encouraged to call ahead to arrange for guides as needed.
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.
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.
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.
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.