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.
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.
See, feel, hear the history of the Oglala Lakota people. Walk through the Historical Center on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation , near Kyle. See photographs & artwork displays that chronicle the history of the Oglala Lakota from early 1800's to the Wounded Knee Massacre in 1890. Meet Lakota artists featured throughout the summer.
Explore the life and times of Gutzon Borglum, creator of Mount Rushmore! An exciting, entertaining and educational experience for the entire family. Watch the blasting and carving in our exclusive film. Family rates. Must see to enhance your Mount Rushmore visit.
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. Open year-round 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission.
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.
World's largest mountain carving in progress, located minutes from Mt. Rushmore on Hwy 16/385. Witness work on the mountain, enjoy American Indian museums, art galleries, sculptor's studio-home, antiques. American Indian artists & performers. Nightly laser show in season, restaurant & gift shop. Open year-round.
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!