10 things to know about Box Elder’s new children’s museum coming in 2024

BOX ELDER, S.D. – The plans are in place for a new children’s museum in Box Elder, SD.

“We’re hoping Box Elder will become a destination city. We have a lot of different restaurant venues coming to the city shops, new businesses. We think this is going to be a great recreational and educational attraction for families,” said Matthew Connor, the Public Information Officer for the City of Box Elder.

Here’s are some things you should know about the new museum:

  • Construction is expected to start within the next year.
  • It is anticipated to be finished in 2024.
  • The museum will have three floors and over 40,000 square feet.
  • It will feature interactive exhibits on geology, astronomy, mining, railroads, motorcycles, paleontology, and other outdoor activities.
  • There will also be a 4-D surround sound theater with a 360 degree view.
  • The museum will include over 40 exhibits, a café, outdoor exhibits and preschool care.

Take a look at some of the plans for the museum:

  • It will be located in the Liberty Plaza downtown area.
  • The five acre lot that will be the home of the museum was donated by Dream Design International.
  • The museum will be the only children’s museum within 400 miles, with the closest one being in Denver, CO.
  • You can become a sponsor too! Any amount will help out. Just contact the City’s Director of Economic and Community Development, Brent Hendrickson at 605-791-8132 or brent.hendrickson@boxelder.us.

Hani Shafai, President of Dream Design International, explains why the land was donated. “Our goal is to really help the City of Box Elder attract as many people and help improve the quality of life within the community and welcome the servicemen and women coming to Ellsworth Air Force Base.”


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