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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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Best Geology and Paleontology Museum Ever!

This museum is a gem hidden in plain sight. The museum has an older feel, and you soon appreciate... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
RangerAJ
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Harrison, Nebraska
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Absolutely fascinating

Sort of two museums in one. On the one hand you have an extensive collection of rocks and minerals... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
William O
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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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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 1 week ago via mobile

This museum is a gem hidden in plain sight. The museum has an older feel, and you soon appreciate the work and display the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology has put together. This museum is full of incredible displays and information. Don’t walk,...More

Thank RangerAJ
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Sort of two museums in one. On the one hand you have an extensive collection of rocks and minerals on display. On the other you have the paleontology exhibits with a great many fossils on display. Each is fascinating in and of itself, but together...More

Thank William O
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

So fun for the whole family! Be sure to ask for the scavenger hunt, they said it was for high school...but our group 8 and up had fun searching for all the cool facts!

Thank Sarah S
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Reviewed 5 April 2018

Excellent collection, hours and I could spend hours there drooling over both mineral and fossil exhibits

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Reviewed 5 April 2018

I have visited this museum so may times I couldn't begin to put a number on it.y grandfather was the custodian there in the early 60's, and my brother and I would help him clean the glass on the display cabinets. 55 years later I,...More

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Reviewed 3 April 2018

My husband went to SDSMT and so he loved bringing his kids to the school for a tour and stopping at the Museum of Geology. The girls had fun looking at floor upon floors of rocks, bones and other cool things. They all got a...More

Thank BettyMinnesota
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Reviewed 29 March 2018

I loved it! The kids ages 13, 8, and 5 all enjoyed themselves. They liked trying to find rocks that were from our state or another place that they recognized. The fossils were neat and it was awesome that they had so many big displays....More

Thank shannbamm
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Reviewed 28 February 2018

This museum is awesome! It takes up the 3rd floor of an academic building but is well-labeled with visitor parking out front. The exhibits are very well labeled and organized, with one area containing rocks/minerals and the other area containing fossils. I appreciated the old-school...More

Thank Nate C
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Reviewed 16 February 2018

Great old fashioned museum with lots to see. Well worth the visit. Did I mention it is free entry, Lovely gift shop where we bought thunder eggs for a few dollars. Lots of real fossil skeletons and hundreds of crystal samples on display Great for...More

Thank Burgundy4
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Reviewed 23 January 2018

It was a fun free activity with fossils, gens, stones, etc. My kids really enjoyed it, had a small, not overly expensive gift shop. It is sponsored by the university, so not crowed. Nice way to spend an hour or two.

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Michelle M
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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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