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Address: 54 Sherman St, Deadwood, SD 57732
Phone Number: +1 605-578-1714
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: 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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Great historical adventure!

My husband had to see the 7 3/4 oz. gold nugget. It's a $5 suggested donation to enter - so come prepared. It's worth it though. I truly enjoyed the Adams historical items from... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
Karen S
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Saint Ann
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Saint Ann
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

My husband had to see the 7 3/4 oz. gold nugget. It's a $5 suggested donation to enter - so come prepared. It's worth it though. I truly enjoyed the Adams historical items from the house. The room with the Hickock/Tubbs items were equally as impressive. It's a must see.

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Denver, Colorado
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

The employees here were so friendly! One spoke with my friend at length about the TV show Deadwood, and I spoke with another about some of the unique items in their giftstore. Plus, the museum is packed with info about Deadwood and the area. You could spend a day learning/reading... but it's okay to just stop in for 30-60 min... More 

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New York
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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Staff was friendly and encouraged us to ask questions. I found the pheasant corsages so Victorian! I had no problem walking around with the notebooks that contained more detailed descriptions of the displays. For a small museum they have done a terrific job putting this together.

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Trenton, New Jersey
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186 reviews 186 reviews
50 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Learned a lot from the tour - how many times the town burned from wildfires. A lot of history in this place!

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Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

This museum has a collection of items I have not seen before. While from the outside you would think there is not much to see, but it filled with all kinds of interesting information and collections.

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

Thank you for taking the time to write a review about the Adams Museum. We are so pleased you found the collections to be amazing. There are so many great treasures in this museum, and we are pleased we can share them with our visitors and the community. More 

Oak Creek, Wisconsin
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Lots of nice history of the town of Deadwood, SD. Would recommend for history buffs or for something to do.

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

Thank you for writing a nice review of the Adams Museum, Wesley. Thanks for visiting Deadwood and the Adams Museum! More 

Topeka, Kansas, United States
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

The director gave our bus tour good information, but the rooms are very small so it was hard to hear and see. The museum is older so I didn't feel comfortable going up or down stairs. There is a elevator, but we were there for less than an hour so it was busy. I just saw the main floor displays,... More 

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

Dear Peggy: I know you had limited time at the Adams Museum, and we appreciate your writing a review. When the HVAC system kicks in, it can be difficult to hear someone giving you an overview of each gallery on the main floor. I'm happy to read you enjoyed the Deadwood characters, photographs, the general Deadwood history overview, and the... More 

Layton, Utah
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37 reviews 37 reviews
13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

It has a few interesting things, but nothing that really jumped out at us. Don't like that you have to look every item up in a notebook to learn what it is. Maybe we would have stayed longer it wasn't set up like this. Felt kind of forced to pay the "donation" as well.

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

Thank you for writing a review about your visit to the Adams Museum. The museum truly is a free will donation, but we are sorry you felt forced into donating. Some visitor really like the notebooks that provide more detailed information on each artifact, and others, like yourself, do not. The curatorial staff visits about this every year to determine... More 

Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Lots of crazy stuff that I found fascinating. Only down side if you're going to have to use the notebooks scattered around to cross reference and really get the information. But they have loads of old photographs and fascinating items. This was the Deadwood I wanted to see not all the touristy junk. I can see that in Myrtle Beach.... More 

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

Thank you for your wonderful review of the Adams Museum, Denise. Our goal is to tell the Black Hills and Deadwood's story well, and we are happy we accomplished that during your visit. More 

Mandan, North Dakota
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

The past history of Deadwood will amaze you A must see when there. Give it a try you will truly love it.

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

Thank you for writing an excellent review of the Adams Museum. We appreciate your visit. More 

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