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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.

The Museum at Black Hills Institute

The Museum at Black Hills Institute

(605) 574-3919
117 Main Street
Hill City, SD 57745

The Museum at Black Hills Institute features the Black Hills Institute collection. Displays exhibit fossil vertebrates, invertebrates and plants from around the globe. Ancient skeletons, starring "STAN" T.rex, fill the room! Signboards depict area history (maps, photographs & cave schematics). Enter through Everything Prehistoric. Open all year.

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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.

Black Hills Mining Museum

Black Hills Mining Museum

(605) 584-1605
323 W Main
Lead, SD 57754

On Main Street in Lead, the Black Hills Mining Museum, the Official Mining Museum of South Dakota, is dedicated to the thousands of hard working men and women who were responsible for the rich 130-year history of mining in the area.

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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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National Museum of Woodcarving

National Museum of Woodcarving

(605) 673-4404
12111 US Hwy 16
Custer, SD 57730

Where wood comes alive! Celebrating over 40 Years! Step into the intricate & entertaining world of woodcarving. Thousands of works by the original Disneyland animator. Museum. Carving studio, Gallery offers over 70 woodcarvers' art. Wooden Nickel Theatre, gift & snack shop. So real, you'll think it's magic!

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National Presidential Wax Museum

National Presidential Wax Museum

(605) 666-4455
609 Hwy 16A
Keystone, SD 57751

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." 

Old Fort Meade Museum - Sturgis, SD

Old Fort Meade Museum

(605) 347-9822
55 Sherman Street
Sturgis, SD 57785

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.

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