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.
Lakota Sioux Museums
The Lakota Sioux Indian culture pervades South Dakota and accounts for an important era in South Dakota’s history. The Crazy Horse Memorial near Custer is the Black Hills’ most notable tribute to our native people and the facilities there include an impressive North American Indian Museum.
Superlative collections of Sioux artifacts can be found at the Akta Lakota Museum in Chamberlain, at the Oglala Lakota College's Historical Center at Kyle, at the SD Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre and at The Journey Museum in Rapid City.
The Red Cloud Heritage Center on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation has one of the premier collections of original Sioux artworks and also an artifact collection dating from 1888. It is near the famous Wounded Knee battlefield. In the town of Wall, you will find the area’s finest interpretation of the tragic 1890 massacre at Wounded Knee — The Museum.
Fort Meade was established during the winter of 1878-79 by the 1st & 11th infantry as well as the reorganized 7th Cavalry. It outlived all other frontier posts of the Upper Missouri West, surviving as a military installation until 1944 when it became a Veterans Administration Hospital as it remains today. Journey back in military history through the many exhibits.
Visit Belle Fourche's beautiful facility to explore the fascinating history of the corners of SD, MT, & WY. Educational exhibits and kiosks tell the stories of early cattle companies cowboys, sheep/wool industries, 95 years of the Black Hills Roundup Rodeo, railroad, military, paleontology, industry, pioneers and two-story 1876 Johnny Spaulding Cabin. Open year-round.
The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame offers a variety of unique motorcycle and motorcycling memorabilia with special emphasis on the world famous Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Open year-round, seven days a week. Hours vary by season. Admission.
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.
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
Kevin Costner invites you to learn how 30-60 million bison once roamed the great plains of North America and were hunted almost to extinction. This is their story. View a larger than life bronze sculpture of 14 bison pursued by 3 Native American horseback riders. Experience a hands-on Interpretive Center, Visit our Native American gift shop & snack bar.
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.