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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

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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I don't think there was one thing I didn"t like. It was easy to get to & free. Just leave a donation. I liked that

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 2, 2015
Monroe, Wisconsin
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Monroe, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015 NEW

I don't think there was one thing I didn"t like. It was easy to get to & free. Just leave a donation. I liked that

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Hartlepool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015 NEW

This museum is on three floors, but has a lift for the less mobile. It is packed with detail about Deadwoods characters and really gives a good insight to them There is much to see and well worth a visit. It is free - but most people leave a $5 donation.

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Hattiesburg, Mississippi
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015 NEW

The Adams Museum is free to visit, though there is a suggested donation of $5.00 per adult, $2.00 per child. This isn't a slick, meticulously organized museum of the Smithsonian ilk, but an eclectic collection of curiosities and local relics that illuminate Deadwood's colorful history. If you homeschool, you'll appreciate the exhibit on the Haas family, South Dakota's original homeschoolers... More 

Thank Michael M
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

So much to see and little time. Three floors of Deadwood history from Wild Bill to The Homestake Gold Mind. It is worth the time.

Thank james R
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

It is a very nice museum to spend some time in, lots of history in Deadwood. It is laid out very well with the exhibits easy to see. Take the time to see this place. There is not a fee but they do like donations and it is worth it.

Thank Larry R
Minneapolis, Minnesota
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

Full of the rich history of Deadwood. There is more to Deadwood than brothels, drinking, gambling and other bad behavior. It is worth the time to find out what else made Deadwood tick.

Thank Emy P
Deadwood, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

The Adams is one of 4 museum's in Deadwood. The Adams is great for kids, teens and adults. The exhibits are focused primarily on history of Deadwood Gulch and immediate surrounding area. There are 3 floors. The main and upper level exhibits contain many artifacts, stories, historic photos and curiosities about the early days of Deadwood from 1876 and beyond.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

Especially enjoyed the artefacts there once owned by Wild Bill Hickock. All items are categorized and well explained. There is a small gift shop there for memorabilia.

Thank Georgina T
Harvest, Alabama, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

Take the time and visit the museum! It had many interesting exhibits and gives you a sense of what things were like back in the day. Some of the characters on exhibit were pretty interesting as well! Well worth the time!

Thank Anita P
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

This is a wonderful museum. .a must stop when visiting Deadwood. Don't miss the story teller downstairs.

Thank Tammie W

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