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.
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!
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.
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."
Rapid City. Replica of the famous Borgund Stave Church in Norway. Unique architecture, log cabin museum and gift shop. Evening service nightly at 7:30 p.m. Memorial Day thru Labor Day. Donations Appreciated.
We are all about people, places & trains. Railroads influenced SD and America in many ways. Now on display in Hill City next to the venerable 1880 Train, rail memorabilia collections, 75 ft "TimeRail" mural, model trains, interactive displays and staff experience provide visitors with an understanding of their relationship with history and the current role of railroads.
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.