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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.

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.

Tri-State Museum, Belle Fourche, SD

Tri-State Museum, Belle Fourche, SD

(605) 723-1200
415 5th Ave
Belle Fourche, SD 57717

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.

Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall Of Fame

Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall Of Fame

(605) 347-2001
999 Main St
Sturgis, SD 57785

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.

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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.

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

Tatanka Story of the Bison

Tatanka - Story of the Bison

(605) 584-5678
100 Tatanka Drive
Deadwood, SD

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.

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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