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Impressive Free Museum!

The museum is found on the campus of South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. There is no... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Andrea H
FREE attraction!

My son loves fossils and rocks, so this was a great stop on our way back home. We were pleasantly... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Vanessa L
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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, Rapid City, SD 57701-3901
+1 605-394-2467
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The museum is found on the campus of South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. There is no admission, although donations are accepted. They have an impressive collection of fossils and minerals from South Dakota and places around the world. Our children loved the museum.

Thank Andrea H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My son loves fossils and rocks, so this was a great stop on our way back home. We were pleasantly surprised that it was free!

Thank Vanessa L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Amazing collection of rocks and fossils in a convenient location...definitely a hidden "gem"...no pun intended. Donation based admission. One of the best we've seen...and one of us is a geologist.

Thank cdrawly
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited this small geology museum while touring the campus of SDSMT, and I was pleasantly surprised. The first and largest room is devoted to mostly fossils and minerals, while the second and smallest room is mainly minerals and some museum history. Some of the...More

Thank Evan W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Its free (donations accepted) and managed by very enthusiastic docents. We were warmly greeted and given good overview of what we could expect to see within the exhibits. The exhibits are arranged chronologically. I really enjoyed the expansive collection of semi precious stones from all...More

Thank Patti W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our family of five, including two children ages 6 and 9, toured every inch of this museum and the kids successfully completed the scavenger hunt. Rocks became the theme of our whole vacation for the 6 year old and this museum allowed her to explore...More

Thank Mary D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

With a 5 and 7 year old dino lovers this was an amazing place to go. This is in the college so it is free with a donation box if you can. The rock collections were beautiful. The bones and fossils were set up in...More

Thank DHharris
Reviewed 10 July 2018

This is a true gem, it is free admission and had wonderful exhibits of both gems and dinosaurs, we all loved it.

Thank beaches6484
Reviewed 2 July 2018

We spent about half an hour exploring this small museum during a trip to the area. Our 10 year old daughter loves rocks, so we stopped here. Everyone (7 year old and 5 year old) loved the stop. My daughter said it was one of...More

Thank travelin_mom28
Reviewed 27 June 2018 via mobile

Due to car issues, we had a few hours to kill while passing through Rapid City. We found the museum on Trip Advisor and decided to take a chance since other reviews were so good. We were not disappointed. While not huge, there is plenty...More

Thank Julie S
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Michelle M
26 May 2017|
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Response from DanielleSerratos | 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