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.
Native American gift shop, cultural center & fine arts gallery, featuring one of the most impressive collections of historic & contemporary Native art in the country. A beautiful 1-hour drive from Hot Springs. SD, located on the Red Cloud Indian School campus. FREE tours & admission. Open daily Memorial Day-Labor Day; Tue-Sat in winter. Don't miss the annual Art Show June - August.
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.
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.
Discover the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence. History meets art in a life-size sculpture exhibit that offers a rare opportunity to see and hear the amazing story of how the United States of America began. This exhibit is a must-see after your visit to Mount Rushmore.
Adults : $10
Children 12 and under are free