- Associated Press - Sunday, June 7, 2015

BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) - The Children’s Museum of South Dakota has reached a milestone by welcoming its 500,000th guest.

Visitors from all 50 states and countries around the world have walked around the museum since it opened in September 2010 in Brookings.

The Olseth-Sterling family of Lennox became the facility’s 500,000th guest. The honor has earned the family a private party with behind-the-scenes access for up to 20 of their friends and relatives. The family will also help turn on exhibits and will receive a “reciprocal family membership” valid at about 200 museums nationwide.

Cathy Olseth says the family almost didn’t make the trip to Brookings because it was supposed to rain during their visit, but decided to go anyway. She says the family will soon return to the museum for their party.

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