The Verendrye Museum in Fort Pierre is named for Louis and Chevalier Verendrye, two French brothers who explored the upper reaches of the Missouri River.
In 1743, they buried a lead plate in a hill claiming the entire Missouri River drainage for France. The Verendrye Museum is located in the old American Legion Hall, a 1930’s vintage building owned by the City of Fort Pierre. The Historical Society of Old Stanley County had a vision of establishing a museum, which was realized in 1968 with the opening of the Verendrye Museum as a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation. The museum houses a collection of South Dakota and regional artifacts documenting the early history of the area.
The Verendrye Museum is open from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Saturday and 11:00 am to 4:00 pm on Sunday during the tourist season of Memorial Day through Labor Day. If you are in Fort Pierre in the off season you can see some museum displays at the Fort Pierre Log Cabin Information Center located on the corner of Main and HWY 83. Special arrangements can also be made to visit the museum in the off season. Call 605-319-6071 for more information.
Current Museum Officers and Directors:
- Darby Nutter – President
- Zay Norman – Vice President
- Joyce Larsen – Secretary
- Connie Carlisle – Treasurer
- John Duffy – Director
- Brent Pries – Director
- Deb Schiefelbein – Director
- Brian Scott – Director
- Karl Fischer – Director
PO Box 665 Fort Pierre South Dakota