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.
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.
Over 250 antique, classic & muscle cars. Special motorcycle room features Elvis Presley's personal cycle & the Dukes "General Lee." Collection of tractors, toys, guns, music machines. Zeitner mineral display. Great Star Service award.
Your journey in the Black Hills starts here. 4 great collections for 1 low price. Learn & play all day, experience interactive displays & exhibits, plus special theater presentations daily. You will begin at the dawn of time & travel through the universe. Conveniently located in downtown Rapid City.
Tour an authentic 1880 era historic town. From buildings o their contents. The displays & buildings range from Indian relics for the 1870's to the 14 sided barn built in 1909. Experience their life with costume rentals. Many displays.
Celebrate America's proud heritage with a parade of U.S. presidents in dramatic historical settings. Recall our nation's leaders. Relive history's great events. And, recapture a spirit of patriotism as you witness the evolution of American democracy, particularly with our breathtaking display "911 Remembered."
Deadwood's newest museum commemorates the history of the award-winning Days of '76 Celebration and rodeo, and features a stunning collection of American Indian artifacts. Other exhibits explore Black Hills history, a historic firearms collection, as well as a vast collection of wagons, carriages and stagecoaches. Affordable admission. Open year-round.
Four-story 1893 sandstone schoolhouse filled with displays such as historical general store, tools, artifacts, furniture, photographs, medical & stone cutter's equipment & more depicting pioneer stories. See yesteryears old telephones. See old washing machines and wood cookstoves that pioneer farmers and ranchers used in their daily lives!