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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.

  • Scenic Chairlift at Rushmore Tramway Adventures*

    (605) 666-4478
    203 Cemetery Rd.
    Keystone, SD 57751

    Glide up to a hilltop oasis & beautiful views of Mt. Rushmore.  Find fragrant flower gardens, walking paths, soothing waterfalls & the Mountaintop Grille. Every table affords a view of the famous faces & a peek at brand-new Zipline Tour action! Chairlift back or coast down the thrilling Alpine Slide.

  • Mountaintop Grille at Rushmore Tramway Adventures*

    (605) 666-4478
    203 Cemetery Rd
    Keystone, SD 57751

    Chairlift up to the ultimate in outdoor dining - every table has a view of Mt. Rushmore! Relax in a beautiful mountaintop garden with panoramic views, flowers, waterfalls. Savor mouth-watering burgers & brats, freshly grilled-to-order, ice-cold beer, nachos, ice cream.

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  • Alpine Slide at Rushmore Tramway Adventures*

    (605) 666-4478
    203 Cemetery Rd.
    Keystone, SD 57751

    Coast downhill for big thrills just 2 miles below Mt. Rushmore. Chairlift up to Gardens & Grille, & view NEW Zipline Tour action! Then grab a sled & cruise the Slide. Wheeled sleds with brakes offer full control of speed. Small kids ride with adults. For ages 2 to 102!

  • Zipline at Rushmore Tramway Adventures*

    (605) 666-4478
    203 Cemetary Rd.
    Keystone, SD 57751

    Mind-blowing adventure just 2 miles below Mt. Rushmore. Get a harness on, pump your courage up, and fly down the breathtaking 800-ft. Zipline. Then test your nerve stepping off into mid-air on the adjacent 60-ft. Free-Fall Jump Tower. COMING 2017: over a mile of ziplining on sensational new Zipline Tour!

  • Aerial Adventure Park at Rushmore Tramway Adventures*

    (605) 666-4478
    203 Cemetery Rd.
    Keystone, SD 57751

    Just 2 mi. below Mt. Rushmore awaits the ultimate in family fun. Traverse the treetops on suspended ropes, rings, ladders, bridges & ziplines. 8 varied courses offer 100+ obstacles in a 90-minute self-paced challenge of this floating jungle gym. Adjacent to Jump Tower, Alpine Slide & sensational NEW Zipline Tour!

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1881 Courthouse Museum

(605) 673-2443
411 Mt. Rushmore Rd.
Custer, SD 57730

Admission. $6.00 adult, $5.00 seniors, $2.00 youth (12-18), free 11 & under, donations welcome. Three floors of 1874 to present Black Hills, Lakota & pioneer displays. 1874 Custer Expedition, 1875 cabin. Bookstore, handicapped accessible. Free youth activities.


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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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.


The Heritage Center at Red Cloud Indian School

(605) 867-8257
100 Mission Dr.
Pine Ridge, SD 57770

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.


Crook County Museum & Art Gallery

(307) 283-3666
309 Cleveland
Sundance, WY 82729

Come see the Black Hills of North Eastern Wyoming.  History doesn’t have a state line - the historical aspects of the west can be seen in the Crook County Museum &Art Gallery in picturesque Sundance, Wyoming. The history of Crook County is depicted in the many dioramas and exhibits.

Tri-State Museum, Belle Fourche, SD

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

On June 15, 1955, a group of interested parties held their first official meeting toward the establishment of the museum. The non-profit Tri-State Memorial Museum formed that year. 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. Donations appreciated.


South Dakota State Railroad Museum

(605) 574-9000
222 Railroad Avenue
Hill City, SD 57745-1070

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.

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