Old Fort Meade Museum | Black Hills & Badlands - South Dakota

Old Fort Meade Museum

  • Old Fort Meade Museum
    Old Fort Meade Museum
  • Old Fort Meade Museum
    Old Fort Meade Museum
  • Old Fort Meade Museum
    Old Fort Meade Museum
  • Old Fort Meade Museum
    Old Fort Meade Museum
Find Us: 
55 Sheridan Street
Building #55
Sturigs, SD 57785
Call: 
(605) 347-9822
Hours: 

Open 9 am to 5 pm daily May 1 through September

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As you walk through the museum, stroll out on the parade grounds, take the loop tour or visit the Post Cemetery, take a moment to stop and listen. Perhaps as the South Dakota wind whispers through the trees, or a bird calls - you will hear the faint echo of a cavalry bugle in the distance.

There had long been talk of establishing a military post near Bear Butte. It was on the main trail to favorite hunting grounds of the Lakota Sioux and near the confluence of the heavily traveled trails to the gold fields in the Lead-Deadwood area. Journey back in military history through the many displays and exhibits.

Fort Meade was established during the winter of 1878-79 by the 1st & 11th infantry as well as the reorganized 7th Cavalry. Because Ft. Meade "maintained the peace", it became known as the Peace Keeper Fort. 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.

Directions: 

You'll find the Museum on the VA Hospital grounds, across from Sturgis Brown High School. Turn onto Custer Avenue at the blue sign. Go past Comanche and Reno - Turn right onto Sheridan Street. We are in Building #55 on the right-hand side.