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Adams Museum

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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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There is so much cool stuff going on in Deadwood that this museum is easy to overlook. Much to our regret we arrived toward the end of our last day, but will definitely be... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 29, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

There is so much cool stuff going on in Deadwood that this museum is easy to overlook. Much to our regret we arrived toward the end of our last day, but will definitely be spending a full day at the museum the next time we are in town. A wide variety of interesting things about the westward expansion and development,... More 

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Barnum, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

This was on our list of things to do. We enjoyed seeing the displays and stories. Worth a stop. No admission fee but they do have a box for a donation.

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Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

Did you know Deadwood used to have such a large Chinese population that they held Chinese New Year parades? The dragon costume in the museum is proof of those days. Or did you know Wild Bill Hickock got his start as a peace officer? Lots of fascinating tidbits like that that I never would have known otherwise. Some really great... More 

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Jensen Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015 NEW

Interesting memorabilia and education about the city during the Gold Rush of 1876, including the fires the city endured and how it quickly rebuilt. Cool collection of real stuff from days gone by.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015 NEW

Visited the museum to get a better feel for the history of Deadwood. Plenty of interesting exhibits and stories of the town. However the unexpected bonus of this visit was the show by Gordy Platt as the Ghost of Seth Bullock - a very entertaining and amusing view of Deadwood from the viewpoint of the towns first sheriff (and hotelier).... More 

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Waterford, MI
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

OK, it was a rainy day with an 11 year old in Deadwood. While the folks were busy gambling, we shopped and got bored not too long after starting. What to do, free (donation) museum sounds good. There is a lot of history here and the employees (volunteers?) were great. The games in the basement were a fun way to... More 

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Machesney Park, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015 via mobile

There are good and bad things about this museum, On the good side, there is a lot to see there and a lot of different types of things to see. My youngest son really liked the dinosaur skeleton in the basement and we all enjoyed the different brain puzzles in the basement. I spent most of my time there. On... More 

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Waukesha, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

The museum is three floors including the top favorites of Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane and Potato Creek Johnny. They have the second grave stone of Bill Hickok and Potato Creek Johnny's gold nugget on display. Downstairs in the basement is a hands on museum for kids. The staff is friendly and answers your questions. You can use photography but with... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to write a review about our property. We are pleased you enjoyed the Adams Museum - especially the Legends gallery that highlights some of Deadwood favorites such as Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane and Potato Creek Johnny. Thank you for visiting, and we hope to see you again on your next trip to Deadwood! More 

Wallington, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

The gentleman in the museum was very friendly and informative. Found the museum very interesting with lists of artifacts on show. Would recommend.

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

Thank you for your nice review and for recommending the Adams Museum. Also, thank you for your kind comment about the museum attendant. More 

Lake City, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. Nice collection of collectibles, relics, and Native American artifacts.

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Additional Information about Adams Museum

Address: Address: 54 Sherman St, Deadwood, SD 57732
Phone Number: +1 605-578-1714
Location: United States  >  South Dakota (SD)  >  Deadwood
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 5 - 5

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