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Black Hills Institute - Museum

117 Main St., Hill City, SD 57745
605 574-3919
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Ranked #3 of 6 Attractions in Hill City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
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MN
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

Even though the museum is not huge by any means they have the inside jam packed with dinosaurs, fossils, and geological specimens. Being a rock hound myself I really enjoyed all the specimens on display. The clerk who worked there and sold me the ticket was really helpful in giving an overview of what the museum had to offer and... More

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Mazatlan, Mexico
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

This is one of the best private museums I have ever been to. Completely fascinating and interesting. From fossils to stones, my favorite is the Fairburn agate display. Being a from South Dakota this is the place to begin any rock hounding adventure. Maps, books, display specimens, and if your lucky one -on-one local advice. Not to mention home of... More

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Dallas, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

My boys and I loved exploring the museum, and reading about all of the local digs and finds. We definitely recommend the museum.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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36 reviews 36 reviews
7 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This place is great. Lots of fossils from tyrannosaurs to trilobites and geological finds galore. Many items are available for purchase in the gift shop including mineral quality stones such as topaz, lapis, and tanzanite just to start. They have wonderful selections of geodes and jewelry as well. A word to those with children. The fossils are open to all... More

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Seaside, OR
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43 reviews 43 reviews
25 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Always loved fossils and rocks, and this was a great place to see amazing specimens of both! They had full skeletons (real and replicas) of many animals, and had the best aquatic animal/plant fossil collection I've ever seen. Also had a large gift shop with something for everyone. Would definitely go back.

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Velva, North Dakota
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48 reviews 48 reviews
15 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

WOW! I cannot believe how many things they have in this small area. Unbelievable. So much information. So many things to see. If you have kids into dinosaurs or rocks, this is the place to go!

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Colstrip, Montana
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Very cool place, May be small in size, but they pack more stuff into it than many of the larger size places and very educational

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Springdale, Arkansas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

This is a small but impressive museum in downtown Hill City. It has dinosaur skeletons and lots of information on them. We enjoyed it and it is a must see if you are travelling with children.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Traveling with our 5 and 9 yr olds, it can be hard to find things that all of us enjoy...this place was one that we all did. The museum is packed with interesting things and when the 5 yr lost interest, there was a sand table he could play in. Very very friendly and helpful staff. Nice gift shop with... More

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Scotland
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73 reviews 73 reviews
8 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Despite not having a particular interest in either fossils or dinosaurs, this was a truly fascinating stop. It’s pretty small, but crammed with amazing fossil specimens and dinosaur skeletons, as well as a giant turtle skeleton that truly was, well, giant. The background information and explanation, while enough for me, might not be enough for the more serious visitor, but... More

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