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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
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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... Worth going to if you want to know about the town

I would highly recommend this Museum to really get a good background of the town dating back it it's beginning. The story and photographs of Deadwood's famous characters are... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

I would highly recommend this Museum to really get a good background of the town dating back it it's beginning. The story and photographs of Deadwood's famous characters are there (Wild Bill, Calamity Jane, and Potato Creek Johnny) so you actually learn why they are 'famous'. It is a 3-story building but it is nice and compact so easy to... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Lots of memorabilia, three floors well worth the time and donation, Wild Bill photos and first grave stone

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Fairfield, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

There were three main themes of the museum: 1. Famous people of Deadwood. (Deadwooders? Deadwoodians? Deadwoodites?). These include Wild Bill Hichock and Calamity Jane. 2. When you get suddenly rich like the Adams family (no, not Gomez and Mortician), you obtain a lot of junk, such as a two headed calf and stuffed cocker spaniels. 3. Deadwood has a varied... More 

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Linlithgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Anybody who wants to learn about the "Old West" must visit this place and leave a good hour plus to go through all the fascinating exhibits. The explanations are far removed from the pictures created by the old cowboy movies! Deadwood was at the centre of the action for many years and not just about Wild Bill Hickok. We found... More 

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

Dear Jaytee, We truly appreciate your generous review on TripAdvisor. Thank you for your comments about our museum being a must visit attraction in Deadwood for the Old West story, and a worthwhile part of your road trip. Kind Regards, Rose Speirs Communications Director Deadwood History, Inc. More 

Marion, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Great stop for all visitors and this place has a ton of historical information on Deadwood even if you think you know a lot you will learn more. A lot of artifacts and a $5 donation is requested so pretty I expensive for the quality!

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

Thank you for your Must-See review on TripAdvisor. We especially appreciate your comment about the museum being a great stop for all visitors. Thank you for visiting Deadwood. More 

Rapid City, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

If you like museums and especially ones that deal with the old west, this one is a good one to go through. Lots of Deadwood history to be seen here.

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

We always appreciate hearing great things about the Adams Museum. Thank you for your wonderful review on TripAdvisor! More 

Henryetta, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Highly recommend this museum if you would like know more history of Deadwood, view historical antiques and more. There is more than words can describe in this museum. With all of the casinos & tourist gift shops, Deadwood was not what we were expecting as we don't gamble. With a limited amount of time to spend in Deadwood, this was... More 

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

Thank you for your wonderful recommendation to visit the Adams Museum. We appreciate your gracious comments about the gift shop, the collection pieces and the ability to learn more about the history of Deadwood and the Black Hills. More 

Ponca, Nebraska, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Beautiful building and great displays showcasing Deadwood ' s history. Staff well informed and courteous. We will be back!

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

Thank you for your excellent review on TripAdvisor. Your compliments about the beautiful building, great displays and our well informed staff are deeply appreciated. We are looking forward to your next visit! More 

Gibbons, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

a great acquisition of antiquities in this museum, so much to see, make it a must stop when in deadwood

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

Dear Shane, Thank you for writing a great review of our museum. Your wonderful comments about our collection is deeply appreciated. Great to hear there is so much to see in the museum, and that it is a must stop while in Deadwood. Kind Regards, Rose Speirs Communications Director, Deadwood History More 

Fort Collins, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

This is a small museum but it has a lot of local history. I learned about characters that I never knew about. I would go back again as I did not have enough time. The people at the museum were very helpful. (Unlike the trolley driver and the woman at the visitor's center).

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

Thank you for your kind review about the Adams Museum. We are certainly pleased you enjoyed our small museum full of area history, and learned about characters you were not originally familiar with. Your positive comments about the museum staff are very much appreciated. So sorry you had a poor experience with the trolley driver and the History & Information... More 

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Additional Information about Adams Museum

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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