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Museum of Geology

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Address: 501 East St. Joseph Street, Rapid City, SD 57701
Phone Number: +1 605-394-2467
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Mon - Fri 09:00 - 16:00
Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

We are a natural history museum featuring an excellent displays of South...

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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Big surprise in a small package.

As we had planned on visiting this attraction while we were in town it made for a perfect rainy day activity. We had planned to be there for a couple of hours, we lost track of... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
S. B
Dallas, Texas
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Dallas, Texas
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As we had planned on visiting this attraction while we were in town it made for a perfect rainy day activity. We had planned to be there for a couple of hours, we lost track of time. We had to take a break for lunch and went back in after we'd eaten some sandwiches out of our car. The attendant... More 

Thank S. B
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

With so much natural splendor surrounding Rapid City, a gem (pun intended) such as this little museum nestled in the mines university is likely often overlooked, but is absolutely worth a stop. The free museum has an excellent collection from the badlands as well as great representative fossils from throughout the region. Highly recommended.

Thank Eric L
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

We stopped for a walk around a very interesting and surprisngly quaint downtown with its presidential statues.With increasing revelations about the influence of mining in the Black Hills, we happened on the Museum of Geology at the University. Nice combination of metals, gems and fossils.

Thank Larry G
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

It´s really small museum. If you like dinosaurs, rocks, and "geology stuff" it´s a nice place to see. I recommend it if you have a time in Rapid City. It´s not number 1 attraction but I had a lot of free time so I liked it.

Thank Ivana C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

I have been coming to the Museum of geology since my children were little and now I am bringing my grandchildren. There is no admission and it is the best geological museum in United States. Really good learning experience for children and adults!

Thank Patricia H
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

There really is a lot to see in this small museum. If you love fossils and/or rocks this place is really worth a visit. There's lots of local/regional finds which are always interesting. The kids area is ok and there's a little gift shop too. Plus it's free!

Thank FootballFangirl
Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

For a small school this is a fantastic museum. The displays they have rival those you'd expect to see at the Smitsonium. Take some time an visit. You'll enjoy it.

Thank Doubledadoriginal
Sebastian, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

The museum is located on the campus of Mining and Technology school on the second floor. They do have an elevator. This is a great place for those who like dino's. The kids in the museum while we were there, we having a ball. It's truly one of the most outstanding museums I've been in, not for size, but rather... More 

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Palmetto, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

On campus upstairs whole floor. Campus was very nice.bones, fossils, replicas, minerals, ores, stones, etc was a nice collection well presented entry is Free.

Thank crittergirl
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

Enjoyed seeing and reading about the dinosaurs that roamed the Earth and seeing many of the rock formations from the area. It was interesting but perhaps not for everyone. A little hard to find as it's in one of the buildings in the School of Mines and Technology.


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