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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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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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Learned a lot about Deadwood & the area.

Great place to learn about the history of the area. Admission is by a donation box (put a couple dollars in there, it's worth it) so must history is in this valley and they have... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to learn about the history of the area. Admission is by a donation box (put a couple dollars in there, it's worth it) so must history is in this valley and they have the neatest collection. It was honestly impressed. It will only take an hour or so to walk through the museum.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is an interesting museum. They ask for a "donation" for admission, but the lady stands there while you pay, so don't think it is truly "free." There is a great area in the basement for interactive kids. If you are into Deadwood history, this would be a great place to kill 30-60 minutes and take a break from... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to review your visit to the Adams Museum. I'm sorry if you felt pressured into making a donation. We appreciate your visit to Deadwood. More 

Wyoming
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Not is isn't hidden, it's in plain sight but I call it hidden because most people the come here walk right past it. DON'T! Admission is a donation box (put a couple dollars in there, it's worth it) so must history is in this valley and they have the neatest collection. It was honestly impressed. It will only take an... More 

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2 Thank Tara M
DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your wonderful review of the Adams Museum. We are pleased you enjoyed and were impressed by the the collections. Also, your comments about the gift shop are deeply appreciated. We hope you visit Deadwood again soon. More 

Minnesota City, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016 via mobile

We stop every year and have a great time every time. It's a step back in history. If you love history you can see many items from the Days gone by.

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

Thank you for your must see review of the Adams Museum. We love hearing about guests revisiting the museum, and are pleased you had a great time stepping back in history. We look forward to seeing you again next year! More 

Deadwood, South Dakota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

They have a lot of artifacts and things to look at and read. They have a book store. They have old pictures of old people

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

Thank you for writing a very positive review of your visit to the Adams Museum. We hope to see you in Deadwood again. More 

Miles City, Montana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015 via mobile

In town for Christmas concert and stopped by Adams Museum on a winter snow day. Had an enjoyable morning viewing the very clean museum displays. The history of deadwood is still alive at the Adams Museum.

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

We are pleased to receive such excellent review of your recent visit to the Adams Museum. Thank you for stopping in on a snowy day and spending time seeing our exhibits. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015 via mobile

While visiting historic Deadwood a must see is the Adams museum. Three floors of history. Fascinating does not even come close to di scribing the information housed there. I have been to the smithsonian and I would equate the presentation to it. And the price? How about free, however, there is a recommended donation of $5.00 per adult and $3.00... More 

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

Thank you for your generous review. We appreciate your positive feedback, especially about the museum information being more than fascinating. Your comments made our day! We hope you visit Deadwood and our museums again in the future. More 

Midvale, Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

It's fun to see history in action here at this museum. Had a great time looking at all the cool stuff from this crazy period in American Western History. TONS of cool artifacts.

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1 Thank tallred6
DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of the Adams Museum and visiting Deadwood. We are delighted you had a great time looking at all of the cool artifacts, and you are right - it was a crazy period in Western American history. More 

Michigan City, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

this museum is a must see it is full of great stuff that will keep you there all day if you choose to, its a historic museum with authentic Native American ,pioneer ,cowboy and outlaw items and oddities of all sorts,fun and educational

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

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review of Deadwood's Adams Museum. We are pleased you enjoyed your visit and all the great collection pieces in the museum. More 

London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

Go here before you go to Mount Moriah Cemetery so that you have some background on the individuals buried there and before you tour the town so that you know what you are looking at! You need to spend a couple of hours here as there is lots to see and read about - the history of Deadwood, the famous... More 

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

Dear Jane, Thank you for taking the time to review your visit to our museum. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed the time you spent in the Adams Museum. We hope you'll visit Deadwood again! Sincerely, Rose Speirs Communications Director, Deadwood History, Inc. More 

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