Clay County offers uniquely inviting experience

Clay County offers uniquely inviting experience
Whether you are searching for regional history or a unique shopping excursion, Clay County holds a wealth of entertaining attractions.

Discover a collection like no other at the National Music Museum in Vermillion. This musical paradise hosts nine galleries spanning five centuries of rare instruments from around the globe.

Explore South Dakota's largest collection of natural and cultural history at the W.H. Over Museum in Vermillion. Tour the museum's collection of Sioux artifacts, view historic photographs of the South Dakota prairie and discover the rich early heritage of Clay County.


Admire the 1883 Italian villa architecture of the Austin-Whittemore House Museum in Vermillion. The home was built atop a river bluff after a disastrous flood destroyed the majority of Vermillion. The museum is filled with Victorian furnishings and items of local historical interest. The museum is also home to the Clay County Historical Society.

Old Main, the flagship building of the University of South Dakota is home to the largest collection of work by celebrated Native American artist Oscar Howe. Restored in 1862, Old Main is rich in history and is a symbol of excellence at the university.

Take a shopping excursion in historic downtown Vermillion. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the downtown district is home to more than 25 retail and specialty stores, eateries, pubs and numerous other friendly businesses and services. Enjoy the unique architecture and friendly atmosphere on a stroll down Main Street.

The Uniquely South Dakota series is a project of the South Dakota Office of Tourism designed to highlight unique aspects and attractions in each of South Dakota's 66 counties. This profile was researched and compiled by Shayla Waugh, public relations intern for the Office of Tourism.

Click on the special "Uniquely South Dakota News Series" link at MediaSD.com to access the complete list of articles.

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