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Black Hills Institute - Museum

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Address: 117 Main St., Hill City, SD 57745
Phone Number: 605 574-3919
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Mon - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

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Fossil Lover's Paradise

There are more fossil per square inch than any other place around. I had a behind the scenes tour and there were so many more! I even got to hold a T-rex tooth.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 2, 2015
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Pittsboro, Indiana, United States
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Pittsboro, Indiana, United States
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

There are more fossil per square inch than any other place around. I had a behind the scenes tour and there were so many more! I even got to hold a T-rex tooth.

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Hill City, South Dakota
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

You can't visit Hill City and not take advantage of visiting this gem! This is the real-deal and you will be amazed.

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Hill City, SD
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Took my 7 year old grandkids here. They were fascinated! Great display of dinosaurs! Take your time, there is a lot to see! Staff is very knowledgeable and friendly. A must see in Hill City!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

My 10 year old is infatuated with dinosaurs. We stopped here each day of our one week vacation. It was so much fun for him and once you pay admission once its good for the whole year!

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Central Florida
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20 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Small and compact. Lots of dinosaurs and lots of rocks. Very interesting even for one not all that interested in rocks. History of the museum was interesting. You are right there with the dinosaurs, not separated by lots of glass. Has very important skeletons.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

I've been to lots of dinosaur museums and displays, and this is one of the best. The collection is very packed, but lots of individual animals are displayed and the walls are replete with partial skeletons. The proprietors were very knowledgeable about the collection, the tour price was very reasonable, the gift shop had a lot of variety. About the... More 

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Hendersonville, NC
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

The prize of a recent dinosaur-related vacation was a visit to the BHI. Jammed into a small space was a trove of paleontology and geology exhibits which includes one the few actual T-Rex skeletons in the world. If these exhibits were given the space provided in large museums, the collection would cover much of downtown Hill City. My favorite was... More 

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26 reviews 26 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

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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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

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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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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