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Museum of Geology

501 E Saint Joseph St, Rapid City, SD 57701-3901
+1 605-394-2467
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More than I anticipated!

My husband had been to the SD School of Mines and had this on our itinerary when we traveled to... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Carol G
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Kingston, Tennessee
A wonderful place to visit

This museum is wonderful. So many fossils and extinct creatures bones are on display. It is a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Cada51
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Alabama
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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.
  • Excellent70%
  • Very good25%
  • Average5%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“real fossils” (6 reviews)
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 19:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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501 E Saint Joseph St, Rapid City, SD 57701-3901
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+1 605-394-2467
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Reviewed 2 days ago

My husband had been to the SD School of Mines and had this on our itinerary when we traveled to this area. I was not very interested...just going along for the experience. Much to my surprise the display of unique stones was gorgeous. There was...More

1  Thank Carol G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This museum is wonderful. So many fossils and extinct creatures bones are on display. It is a walk through time. In addition to the dinosaur bones there is also a great section on minerals of the area. I was amazed at how much was presented...More

Thank Cada51
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My daughter and I visited during a week of summer vacation, and this was a perfect place to rest in the middle of a hot day and learn about geology and fossils of all kinds. The displays are well constructed and have a variety of...More

2  Thank Eric C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wow! If you are in Rapid City, you have to go visit this museum. It is small but very thorough with outstanding exhibits and lots of information. The dinosaur bones and models were phenomenal. The rocks and gems on display were also very cool. It...More

1  Thank S T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Parking is tight, but it's worth the search. Some folks are calling this place small, but the Geology Museum at the University I worked at could fit into one corner of this place. It's all relative. Lots of information, great displays. Nicely laid out. Free,...More

1  Thank Roadbum
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We really enjoyed this museum which features both plenty of fossils as well as gorgeous mineral specimens. About 1 to 1.5 hours is sufficient to traverse the space, and I learned quite a few things from spending time there.

Thank SusanJ972
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoyed our brief stop in this small museum on the campus of the SD School of Mines. It's primary focus is on minerals and fossils that have been found in the state and region - and there are plenty. The displays are interesting, however...More

Thank ROCtraveler30
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Interesting collection of minerals and fossils and extensive explanations of both. The history of exploration in the Badlands and Black Hills is particularly interesting. One could spend either 1 hour or half a day in this museum depending on the vistors' scope of interest(s)

Thank Mat P
Reviewed 12 June 2017

This museum is on the SD Mines University campus. It was easy to get to, well maintained and had more than I was expecting. It is a free museum (but I would encourage adding a donation to their donation box). We were pleasantly surprised by...More

1  Thank Van_HomeCentral_MN
Reviewed 5 June 2017

This museum was interesting for about 1/2 hour to us. I am glad it was available as something else to do while in town. Easy to get to in my opinion.

Thank Kim G
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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
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