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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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Seaside, OR
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43 reviews 43 reviews
25 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

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
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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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Top Contributor
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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Fennimore, Wisconsin
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

My husband and I recently took our two children (ages 7 & 11) here. We weren't planning on it, but when other attractions didn't take as long, we decided to add it in. I'm glad we did! The cost was nominal, but fair for this smaller museum. Totally awesome to see Stan the T-Rex! My children lost interest before I... More

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Tennessee, United States
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

I wish we had more time to spend at this museum. It is a must see. Crammed full of fossils and rocks. The biggest turtle skeleton I've ever seen. I would love to spend an entire day here.

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Pembroke, New Hampshire
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85 reviews 85 reviews
45 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We enjoyed visiting here and seeing all the exhibits. If you are interested in dinosaurs and fossils, you will have fun here.

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Stillwater, Minnesota
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10 reviews 10 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This museum has a lot of bones packed into a small space. It's probably a great place for some people to spend an afternoon, especially those who haven't seen many dino bones. But for my husband and me, who love going to science museums, it was quite a disappointment. Labeling of bones was poor; it was difficult to tell which,... More

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