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Museum of Geology

Closed Now: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Open today: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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mineral specimens

free to public, parking is difficult... has excellent display of minerals, gems and gold, also... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
SDSM&T Geology

Great place to spend an hour or two checking out dinosaur bones, rocks that glow in ultraviolet... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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We are a natural history museum featuring an excellent displays of South Dakota fossils, minerals from around the world and South Dakota Minerals.
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501 East Saint Joseph Street, 3rd Floor of O'Hara Builidng on SDSMT campus, Rapid City, SD 57701-3901
+1 605-394-2467
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Reviewed 1 week ago

free to public, parking is difficult... has excellent display of minerals, gems and gold, also fossils from western south dakota....is very disproportionately large for a small museum in a small state. a replica of Sue, the T.rex fossil that was found in the area is...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great place to spend an hour or two checking out dinosaur bones, rocks that glow in ultraviolet, and getting a good overview of the ancient history of the area - and the admission is priced right!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Apa7064
Reviewed 10 December 2018

The very long marine fossils were amazing! Fossils in situ were neat too. Many lovely minerals. With admission being free, it's definitely worth a visit.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Brenda B
Reviewed 5 November 2018

I highly recommend this free museum located at the South Dakota School of Mines! So many interesting "rocks" along with other offerings. The staff (graduate students, etc.) are more than happy to offer personal service. PALEONTOLOGY - the study of ancient life, and MINERALOGY -...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank mnmel1997
Reviewed 3 November 2018

We stopped here while in Rapid City and we were pleasantly surprised. It is a small compact place but there was just so much to see of interest. The exhibits were not only locally found items but also items from around the country. It was...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank britgal60
Reviewed 13 October 2018

A great activity for a cold and rainy day. The exhibits are amazing, fossils that show how well preserved the animals were, and geology formations that have rainbow colors, including one that glow in the dark. This is well worth a visit.

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank GroomLeader
Reviewed 10 October 2018 via mobile

Excellent display and explanations of bone fossils and minerals. It is at the S D School of Mines on the third floor of their Geology building. There is visitor parking spots adjacent to the entrance. Entrance is free. There is a gift shop. Very educational,...More

Date of experience: October 2018
3  Thank william s
Reviewed 22 September 2018

We enjoyed our short time at the Geology museum. Thankfully m remembered this from when she and dad took summer schhcool classes years ago at the school of mines. There are many treasures tucked into this area & wishes we would have made more time....More

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank VkmV04
Reviewed 5 September 2018

Very nice displays of minerals and fossils, many of which were found locally. Petrified wood. Dino bones. Geodes. Florescent minerals. Dioramas. All of it is free and don't let the fact that it;s on a college campus put you off. There were many people there...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank HoosierGal60
Reviewed 1 September 2018

Museum of Geology has a wonderful collection of fossils and minerals. Many of the fossils were found near black hills and badlands area. The fossil exhibit is very impressive. It has near complete fossilized skeletons of Hornless rhino, big prehistoric pig species, hadrosaur etc. It...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Gautam B
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Michelle M
26 May 2017|
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Response from Tedavis01 | Property representative |
The Museum is always free and open to the public during our business hours, Mon-Sat 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM during the summer. Our address is 501 East Saint Joseph Street and we are located on the third floor of the O'Harra... More