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The Museum @ Black Hills Institute

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Address: 117 Main St., Hill City, SD 57745
Phone Number: 605 574-3919
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Great little museum!

We were so glad we made time to stop here while staying in Hill City! So many fossils in such a small area, it was amazing. Highly recommend!

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 22, 2015
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Missouri
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89 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

We were so glad we made time to stop here while staying in Hill City! So many fossils in such a small area, it was amazing. Highly recommend!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015 via mobile

You could spend hours in here looking at all of the fossils and exhibits! I can't believe how much they have jammed into such a small space. It was truly fascinating to see all of the dinosaurs and the biggest sea turtle fossil I have ever seen. I was so glad that we stopped in!

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Alabama
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57 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

My husband has wanted to visit this site ever since he saw the Documentary on TV and it did not disappoint. The displays here are like none ever seen anywhere. The man who works there (wish I had gotten his name) was so knowledgeable and answered every question in detail with much patience. It was obvious he loved being a... More 

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Thank PlainjaneAlabama
Hill City , SD
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

First home of T-Rex Sue ... star of recent emmy award winning Documentary "Dinosaur 13 " - what's not to love? Amazing specimens - a hidden treasure in the wonderful Black Hills community of Hill City. SMALLtown - BIG dinosaurs . They hosted a wonderful reception beneath these massive bones for the writers workshop " For the Love of Words"... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

A small museum, but packed with dinosaur stuff. Lots of fish and plant fossils that I've never seen anywhere else.

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Bardstown, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

Beautiful display of dinosaurs , mammals , fossils from this area, so interesting and the staff is so informative. well worth the trip .

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

A really remarkable museum of archeological finds from the Dakotas, it is filled with the most amazing collection of reconstructed dinosaurs, fish and every imaginable fossils. This is an absolute must see if you go into the Black Hills and are interested in archeology

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

Stan and Sue are the best T. Rex skeletons ever found, and both digs were sponsored by the Black Hills Institute. Like the Tartus in Dr. Who, the inside seems much larger than the outside. This little museum is just jamb-packed with fossils and gems everywhere you look. The admission gains access for a year, which is a bargain as... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

This museum is full of fossils, but it is hard to follow the stories of the fossils and there is little educational explanations you might expect to find at a museum. Felt more like a warehouse than a museum.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015 via mobile

My wife and I are "locals", and we're intrigued by the history of this museum run by the folks that discovered "Sue" the TRex. Sue is now on display in Chicago after a legal battle but the museum has "Stan" now, another TRex and many other dinosaurs and fossilized remains. As an Elementary educator I would recommend kids be in... More 

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