“started way back in 1954”
Established in 1954, and known as “The Big Variety Show,” the Pioneer Auto Show and Prairie Town in Murdo, South Dakota, provides families a trip through the history of 20th century America with its more than 250 classic cars, motorcycles, tractors and bicycles.Prairie Town continues the adventure; offering visitors a rendezvous with the past via self-guided tours through early renditions of a Midwestern, turn of the century town, complete with depot, bank, and school.
As seen on American Pickers!
We ended up visiting this by chance. We booked a one night hotel stay right next door and had some spare time. We were glad we did. (we printed a coupon online to save a couple bucks).
If you are into cars or American Pickers-type collectibles, this would be a great stop for you.
There's SO much to see. Take your time, enjoy all the little things there are to see. Building after building of cars, trucks tractors, and so much more.
The owner is super friendly. My husband chatted with him for quite a while and learned so much about the history of the place. The owner even shared a few must-do's in South Dakota; things we hadn't done before.
There's an attached gift shop that is packed with all sorts of things. And a small cafe as well. We didn't eat there, but enjoyed their ice cream.
Fun little stop for lunch and kitsch. Lunch was okay but a little pricey but nice atmosphere.
A neat place with a lot of history of more than just cars.
Lots to look at. They also had a treasure hunt for the kids which helped entertain them and let grownups look a little longer
great collection second visit in 15 years
The collection on show here is huge, way too big for the space available, so things get a little crammed in together and important cars get left in carports because there's no healthier place to keep them. But the scope of the exhibition is tremendous, & it's well worth the price of admission.
Even if you don't know a ton about cars, you'll be charmed by their collection of automobiles from the 1910's-1980's. And if that doesn't do it for you, they also have collections of old toys and other kitschy memorabilia, and a little recreation of a Wild West town for kids to explore!
It was a great stop for the family. There is a diner attached and they have a treasure hunt for the kids. If your into cars or antiques this is a perfect stop!
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Pioneer Auto Museum
- Sun - Sat: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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