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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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See fossilized stomach contents!

Lots of mineral specimens and fossils. At the SD School of Mines in downtown Rapid City, they have... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Brooksville, Florida
Nice free museum to check out on campus

We had some time to waste so we wandered into the Museum of Geology. It was a nice (though very... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Denver, Colorado
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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.
  • Excellent68%
  • Very good26%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“dinosaur bones” (14 reviews)
“south dakota” (32 reviews)
“college campus” (10 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
501 E Saint Joseph St, Rapid City, SD 57701-3901
+1 605-394-2467
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Lots of mineral specimens and fossils. At the SD School of Mines in downtown Rapid City, they have great sources for excellent specimens. Gift shop has nice rocks for sale. Learn the difference between "fossilized" and "petrified". Be amazed by the fluorescent mineral display. There...More

Thank TravelFan34602
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had some time to waste so we wandered into the Museum of Geology. It was a nice (though very small) museum with some interesting stuff. It takes up one floor of the building, so you don't need more than about an hour to wander...More

Thank HowdyColo
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took our 4 kids to visit here. One of them wants to be a paleontologist and one loves rocks. The one that wants to be a paleontologist was in absolute heaven here. I think she could've spent the whole day here and been completely...More

Thank ArmyWife_2006
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We decided to stop by this museum which was a nice surprise. Staff is so friendly and helpful. It is not very large so you could go through it in 30-60 minutes. Free parking, free admission, nice displays and gift shop.

Thank SLNColumbia_Maryland
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Unable to review since they were closed on a Monday to all visitors. We traveled from Florida and they are only open M - F so here's our final opportunity to see their Museum but they were closed. WIfe and I were not happy and...More

Thank Robin L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Looking for something to do on a rainy day? Or any day. Spend 2 hours here. The most impressive thing is that most of the fossils are from the area. Nice mineral display?

Thank Len F
Reviewed 9 September 2017

Small but interesting museum with great geology and fossil exhibits. Exhibits are a bit old but very informative. You probably won't find a better collection of rocks, gems and minerals. It's off the beaten path at SD School of Mines & Technology. The building itself...More

Thank Stephen S
Reviewed 7 September 2017

The museum is on the campus of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. It contains exhibits of fossils, dinosaur reconstructions and cases and cases of minerals found in South Dakota. It is a great place to learn about prehistory in South Dakota and...More

Thank JoW169
Reviewed 2 September 2017

This museum is on the 3rd floor of the SDSMT administration building. Access other than stairs was not visible to us. Inside, they have a fairly good small paleontology museum which we enjoyed. The geology portion, however, is poor: cases of rocks with names. General...More

Thank Julie P
Reviewed 31 August 2017 via mobile

This was a fun location. They teach the days before humans walk the earth. They claim to have the biggest rock collection in the world. And they did have alot!

Thank Matt K
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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