On February 19, 2004, Governor Mike Rounds signed House Bill No. 1143 naming The Museum of Wildlife, Science and Industry, in Webster, the "site of the official State Fishing Museum for the State of South Dakota."
The Museum of Wildlife, Science, and Industry of Northeastern South Dakota was incorporated into a not-for profit organization in October of 1985.
The purpose of the museum is to preserve the culture and heritage of Northeastern South Dakota for future generations to enjoy and from which to learn.
They have 24 buildings, including a jail, blacksmith shop, post office, railroad depot, church, and country store which contain varied private collections on exhibit. Of the 24 buildings, 12 are new structures. The other 12 are historic buildings which have been moved to this site and restored to the proper time period.
Walk back in time and relive a part of the past. You'll swear it's the late 1800's as you walk thru our original buildings stocked full of original vintage furniture, supplies, and equipment. These original restored structures are furnished and outfitted with the artifacts of the period.
When you visit, you get a taste of frontier life during the past century in South Dakota. As you walk in and among the buildings you'll feel like a pioneer on Main Street.
See dozens of cars from 1919 - 53. Admire the craftsmanship of antique tractors that are often shown only in professional shows. Stop by the blacksmith, the barbershop, or the country store. Pray at the 1881 Mission Church, or get into trouble and check out the jail. Send mail from the post office, learn at the school, or rest easy taking in the pioneer farmhouses. If all that sparks your interest, know that it just scratches the surface of the rich, cultural hidden treasures you will find here.
Our Museum will provide you with an entire day of fun filled activity. A tour through all our facilities will thrill all age groups. Kids love the museum, and they get a great taste of American history at the same time. Don't plan on spending just an hour or two . . . you won't be able to see it all. Open May 15 through October 15th, 10 AM to 5 PM Monday through Saturday, and 1 to 5 PM on Sundays until Labor Day. Only open 1 PM to 5 PM seven days a week from Labor Day through October 15th.Museum of Wildlife, Science and Industry
State of South Dakota
LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY, 2004
HOUSE BILL NO. 1143
Introduced by: Representatives Sigdestad, Elliott, Engels, Fryslie, Hanson, Hargens, Hennies, Hundstad, Konold, Kroger, Lange, Miles, Nesselhuf, Peterson (Jim), Rhoden, Solum, Thompson, and Van Norman and Senators Symens, Abdallah, Kelly, Koetzle, Moore, Olson (Ed), and Schoenbeck
FOR AN ACT ENTITLED, An Act to designate Webster as the site for the official State Fishing Museum.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA:
Section 1. That chapter 1-6 be amended by adding thereto a NEW SECTION to read as follows:
The Museum of Wildlife, Science, and Industry located in the city of Webster is designated as the site of the official State Fishing Museum for the State of South Dakota.
The law designating the The Museum of Wildlife, Science, and Industry located in the city of Webster as the official South Dakota state fishing museum is found in the South Dakota Codified Laws, Title 1, Chapter 1-6, Section 1-6-15.1
TITLE 1 STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT
CHAPTER 1-6 STATE EMBLEMS
1-6-15.1. State Fishing Museum. The Museum of Wildlife, Science, and Industry located in the city of Webster is designated as the site of the official State Fishing Museum for the State of South Dakota.
Source: SL 2004, ch 6, § 1.