Museums | Black Hills & Badlands - South Dakota
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Take a trip through time at one of the many Black Hills museums.  From the Wild West to Native culture, our museums will paint an accurate picture of the days past.

Dinosaur Museum

Dinosaur Museum

(605) 342-8140
8971 S Hwy 16
Rapid City, SD 57702

The Dinosaur Museum is located on Hwy 16 next door to the Reptile Gardens.  Visitors will see over 50 life-size dinosaurs as they appeared in the flesh millions of years ago.  The Museum also features a Mirror Maze, movie theatre, children's fossil dig, birthday party area & a gift shop. Free mini golf w/admission.

High Plains Western Heritage Center

High Plains Western Heritage Center

825 Heritage Dr
Spearfish, SD 57783

Representing a five state region - South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming and Nebraska with 20,000 square feet of authentic displays of pioneer, ranching, mining, forestry and transportation history. Annual National Day of the American Cowboy events and historic Campfire Series.


Adults (16 & Older) -   $10.00

Youth 6-16 -               $3.00

Oglala Lakota College Historical Center

Oglala Lakota College Historical Center

(605) 455-6000
7 Miles SW of Kyle
Kyle, SD 57752

See, feel, hear the history of the Oglala Lakota people. Walk through the Historical Center on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation , near Kyle. See photographs & artwork displays that chronicle the history of the Oglala Lakota from early 1800's to the Wounded Knee Massacre in 1890. Meet Lakota artists featured throughout the summer.

Adams Museum & House

Adams Museum & House

(605) 578-1714(605) 578-3724
150 Sherman Street
Deadwood, SD 57732

Visit two distinctively different pieces of Deadwood history. Bits, pieces and whole collections are preserved at the unique Adams Museum. Step back in time as you tour through the beautifully restored, Queen-Anne style mansion - The Historic Adams House. You don't want to miss either of these "must-see" attractions!


South Dakota Air & Space Museum

(605) 385-5189
2890 Davis Dr. Bldg. 5208
Box Elder, SD 57719

Experience your American Journey at the SD Air & Space Museum located just outside the main gate at Ellsworth Air Force Base in the beautiful Black Hills of SD. Our legendary exhibits showcase our American journey, celebrates those military personnel who have sacrificed so much for our country, and tells the stories of not only past aviation but inspires the future of aerospace.


Rushmore Borglum Story

(605) 666-4448 x1
342 Winter Street
Keystone, SD 57751

Explore the life and times of Gutzon Borglum, creator of Mount Rushmore! An exciting, entertaining and educational experience for the entire family. Watch the blasting and carving in our exclusive film. Family rates. Must see to enhance your Mount Rushmore visit.

Museum of Geology

Museum of Geology

(605) 394-2467
501 E St. Joseph St.
Rapid City, SD 57701

On the SD School of Mines campus. World-class fossils of Badlands mammals, marine reptiles & dinosaurs. Superb exhibits of meteorites, minerals, ores & gold replicas. Free admission. Opportunities for summer field paleo classes.

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