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Visiting The Center


The Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center is located at 1101 Main Street on the campus of Chadron State College in Chadron, NE. Chadron is located in northwest Nebraska, approximately 290 miles north of Denver, CO and 100 miles south of Rapid City, SD at the intersection of U.S. Highways 20 and 385.



  • 10:00 a.m.-Noon
  • 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


  • 10:00 a.m. - Noon

The Center is closed on Saturday, Sunday, and all holidays.  Archives and Collections resources are available to the public by appointment during regular hours.

Admission Fees

Admission is free to all individuals. There are no special fees for the temporary exhibitions. The Center is funded by, and a part of, Chadron State College. Supplemental funding is provided through donations and endowments.

Tours & Group Information

Guided tours are only available upon request.

Tours can be tailored to your group’s interests and learning objectives. We also offer a variety of on-site activities for any age group relating to our permanent and temporary exhibitions. The Center does not charge for tours or activities.

We recommend one hour for tours and approximately 30 minutes for each activity. Times for tours and activities will vary based on group size and ages of participants.

The Center works closely with the Eleanor Barbour Cook Museum of Geology, the Chadron State College Planetarium, and the High Plains Herbarium to help groups coordinate a whole day on the Campus of Chadron State College.

Bus/Van parking is available at no charge near the Center. Drop-off/Pick-up locations are available at the Center. Depending on the Center schedule, the Center may have space available – indoors and outdoors – for groups to have sack-lunches. Catering is available, but must be arranged at least two weeks in advance of the visit.

We ask that you please request your tour and activities at least five days in advance. If you would like to make a reservation for a group or if you would like more information about what the Center has to offer your group, please call us at 308-432-6401.


The Center’s Store carries all of Mari Sandoz’s books, as well as books by other Nebraska Authors and topics relating to the High Plains. The Store has a large offering of books on Native American issues and topics. Additionally, the Store carries locally made Native American items.

Photo Policy

Flash photography is not allowed in any of the museum's galleries. Photography may not be allowed in special exhibitions galleries. Please ask a staff member if you have a question. Professional photographers are asked to contact the museum before photographing in the museum: (308) 432-6401.