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Adams Museum

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Address: 54 Sherman St, Deadwood, SD 57732-1364
Phone Number:
+1 605-578-1714
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Adams Museum is the Black Hills’ oldest history museum. In 1930...

The Adams Museum is the Black Hills’ oldest history museum. In 1930 pioneer businessman W.E. Adams founded the Adams Museum in downtown Deadwood with the purpose of preserving and displaying the history of the Black Hills.

The Adams Museum is home to some of the Black Hills’ greatest treasures including Potato Creek Johnny’s gold nugget, beloved American illustrator N.C. Wyeth’s pencil sketch drawing of Western legend Wild Bill Hickok, the mysterious Thoen Stone record of the Ezra Kind party’s discovery of gold in the Hills in the 1830s and a one-of-a-kind plesiosaur (marine reptile).

In addition to exhibits on all three levels, the Adams General Store is located on the main floor.

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It's Free!

Yes, it's free but we were happy to leave a donation for a nice tour of some of Deadwood's history. Highly recommend it!

Reviewed 25 March 2017
MeanderingMax
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24 reviews
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Reviewed 30 March 2017 via mobile

Not much to see, not too exciting something to pass a few minutes but overall not missing anything if you skip it.

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DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback about the Adams Museum. We are sorry you were disappointed. The museum is currently undergoing some exhibit changes on the main and lower floors that are going to be very exciting. The building itself is historic and was built as Deadwood's museum in 1930. More 

South Dakota
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129 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2017

Yes, it's free but we were happy to leave a donation for a nice tour of some of Deadwood's history. Highly recommend it!

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DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review of the Adams Museum. We are very happy you stopped by to see us! More 

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53 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017 via mobile

Information overload!! I don't know how much time it would take to read through every display, look at every picture, and skim every letter in the archives at the Adams Museum... but I can assure you that you will need more time!!! They have a very impressive amount of information available to those who seek it out. You can casually... More 

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DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your fantastic and thorough review of the Adams Museum. We truly appreciate hearing from our visitors, and yours was one of the very best reviews to date. Glad you enjoyed the additional information provided in each exhibit space for visitors who want to really dig into the history and find out more. We are pleased... More 

Overland Park, Kansas, United States
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Reviewed 19 March 2017

Very good museum that tells the history of Deadwood. It is well organized and was fun to read about the old west characters from Deadwood including Wild Bill and Calamity Jane. They also have a number of very unique one of kind pieces that made this quite enjoyable. The suggested donation is only $5 which makes this great entertainment.

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Thank Matthew L
DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams Museum, responded to this review

We always appreciate hearing great things about our museum. We value your positive feedback about the organization, reading materials, and unique one-of-a-kind pieces in the Adams Museum. Thank you for visiting Deadwood! More 

North Platte, Nebraska
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20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

Great place lots of information. Once in the basement we lost or boys, they found games to play and enjoyed it so much they didn't want to leave. It wasn't an electronic game they actually had to use their brains..We went to the gift shop and started talking the the woman there, I mentioned the game she informed me they... More 

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DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your great review of the Adams Museum. We are so pleased to hear your boys enjoyed the games on the lower level, and that you were able to purchase the game in the gift shop. We hope to see you in Deadwood again soon! More 

Fort Collins, Colorado
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106 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2017

Looking for in-depth information about and memorabilia from Deadwood? Start here. They have some fascinating information and a number of key artifacts. Looking for random, eclectic things to entertain the family while a storm passes or while you warm up? Stop in here and see the 2-headed calf and the large gold nugget. (Bonus: 2 bathrooms that are clean!) The... More 

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DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to share your visit to the Adams Museum. We are pleased you enjoyed the time you spent with us. Your comments were fabulous and truly appreciated by the staff. Clean bathrooms are a must, so thanks for that comment as well. We hope you will visit Deadwood again! More 

Newport, RI
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Wonderful place, lots of stuff to look at including Wild Bill's gun, I can't wait to go back with the kids.

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DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your excellent review of the Adams Museum. We look forward to your return visit with your kids. More 

Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2017

This museum had what I assume is interesting stuff. Unfortunately, each item displayed is tagged with a number, in order to find out about each item you look for the corresponding number in a binder at each case. The problem being, 1) looking back and forth from binder to item and 2) we went when it was busy, so many... More 

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DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams Museum, responded to this review

Hello: Thank you very much for taking the time to review our property. Your input, and the feedback is vitally important to us. Per your comments, we are in the process of exhibit changes throughout the Adams Museum over the next year and a half, and our exhibits director plans to better equip our visitors with more efficient tools and... More 

Lead
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41 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017

This place has tons of history on Deadwoods history, lots of things to look at. This is a must see for Deadwood Tourist. It is self guided and there are people available for questions

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DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your great review about the Adams Museum in Deadwood. Your comments about the museum displaying tons of history and things to see are deeply appreciated. Glad you enjoyed the self-guided tour! More 

Milwaukee
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71 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 November 2016

My wife and I love history museums. In fact, the previous day we visited the Journey Museum in downtown Rapid City. To much extent, the previous museum, which had a section devoted to the rough & tumble town of early Deadwood, kind of “stole the thunder” of the Adams Museum. The artifacts / pictures on display at the Adams museum... More 

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DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your input on the Adams Museum. We appreciate feedback from our guests. Glad you enjoyed the Journey Museum, but I hope you will give the Adams Museum another opportunity on your next trip to Deadwood. The exhibits director and professional museum staff will be working on a major exhibit transition in the next two years that will... More 

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