We have seen many unique places around the country. Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to visit the Corn Palace during our adventures.
We have a growing list of places we want to explore on future adventures, and the Corn Palace is on that list. What’s hiding inside this regal building, and why do we want to visit it? We’ll explain!
What is the Corn Palace?
The Corn Palace is a historic building located in Mitchell, South Dakota. It serves as a venue for community events and is a popular tourist attraction. Many people remember it for its unique design and exterior decoration.
Each year the building is given a new theme and motifs of corn and other grains. Visitors from all over the world flock to admire the artwork. It is not every day that you can experience a huge work of art made of grains.
About the Grain Palace
The Grain Palace was built in 1892 to showcase the agricultural wealth of the region and attract settlers. The building has been renovated several times, most recently in 2015.
The murals on the exterior of the building consist of different colors and varieties of corn, as well as other grains and grasses.
As mentioned earlier, these unique designs attract tourists from all over the world to Mitchell. The city estimates that more than half a million people visit the palace each year.
The building also houses a museum that showcases the history of the Corn Palace and the agricultural heritage of the region. In addition to being a popular tourist destination, the palace is also the site of numerous community events.
What is inside the Corn Palace?
Inside the palace is a gift store where visitors can purchase souvenirs, local food and handicrafts.
In addition, the building also houses the world’s only Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo. This popular event takes place every year during the last week of July.
The royal building also houses a museum that displays the history of the building and the importance of agriculture in the region. Concerts, festivals and sporting events are held in the palace.
The Mitchell High School Kernels and the Dakota Wesleyan University Tigers also play home basketball games here.
Is the corn palace really made of corn?
While it would be cool to experience it, the Corn Palace is not made of corn. It owes its name and reputation to the murals that adorn the exterior of the building.
Artists use 12 different colors of corn to create stunning murals. These kitschy (pun intended) works of art change every year and revolve around a specific theme.
Visit Mitchell in September to watch the artists create the murals. The old murals are taken down in late August, and the artists work quickly to replace them.
They are usually in place by early October. However, because the growing season can be unpredictable, there may be occasional delays. In 2019, the murals were not completed due to an unusually wet season.
How long does it take to walk through the May Palace?
The tour of the palace usually takes 30 to 60 minutes. Many visitors spend most of their time outside looking at and taking pictures of the detailed murals. However, you can also book a guided tour to learn more about the unique complex and its rich history.
The museum is open year-round, though there are seasonal changes to the operating schedule. Check the schedule and plan your visit accordingly.
However, the best time to visit is during the Corn Palace Festival, usually held in August.