It turns out that a review on the travel app TripAdvisor can be one of the best things or one of the worst, that can happen to a facility.

Recently, we saw the downside with the worst 'tourist traps' in South Dakota, Iowa, and Minnesota based on low TripAdvisor ratings.

Now, Stacker is using stellar TripAdvisor reviews to rank the top museums in South Dakota, Iowa, and Minnesota.

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In South Dakota, the top choice is The Mammoth Site of Hot Springs.

This Black Hills facility is part working paleontological site, part museum. It is home to more than 60 unearthed mammoths and more than 85 other species of associated Ice Age fauna.

It has an average rating of 4.5 (out of 5) based on 1,758 reviews.


  1. The Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
  2. Adams House, Deadwood
  3. Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, Philip
  4. Akta Lakota Museum, Chamberlain
  5. Museum of Geology, Rapid City

In Iowa, the top-rated museum sits on the banks of the state's busiest waterway.

Thy National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium in Dubuque is part aquarium, part museum, and part science center, It spans 14 acres and is home to over 100 species of animals and thousands of historic artifacts.

It averages a 4.5 rating, based on 1,615 reviews.


  1. National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, Dubuque
  2. Iowa 80 Trucking Museum, Walcott
  3. National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, Cedar Rapids
  4. John Wayne Birthplace & Museum, Winterset
  5. Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, Sioux City

The best museum in Minnesota is the Minneapolis Institute of Art. It is home to more than 90,000 works of art representing 5,000 years of world history.

It scored a perfect 5 out of 5 rating, based on 2,388 reviews.


  1. Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis
  2. Mill City Museum, Minneapolis
  3. Glensheen - The Historic Congdon Estate, Duluth
  4. North American Bear Center, Ely
  5. Spam Museum and Visitor Center, Austin

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