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Museum of Geology

501 East St. Joseph Street, Rapid City, SD 57701
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Ranked #8 of 34 attractions in Rapid City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Science Museums, Museums, Natural History Museums
Traveler Description: Museum of Geology The Museum of Geology is an exhibit facility that presents an astonishing array of fossils, minerals, and rocks that are... more »
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

They have many interesting dinosaur bones, fossils and good descriptions. Staffed by University students majoring in geology, so they are very knowledgeable and helpful too. Lots of interesting rocks also. So much is packed into a small area. I think dinosaur lovers of any age (or rock lovers) will be very happy here. Hard to find. Be sure you are... More

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Modesto, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

This small museum, on the campus of the South Dakota School of Mining and Engineering, was an unexpectedly positive surprise to my wife and me. The collection of prehistoric bones and fossils, and the re-assembled skeletons of the those creatures was very well displayed. The exhibits also interested the children who were viewing the displays with their parents. This is... More

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Baker, Montana
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

First of all there was no fee which was great! Lots of dinosaur bones and very pretty rocks. The guy who worked there was very informative and knew all the answers to our questions. You could spend ALOT of time there. I would go there again! And make sure to make a donation!

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Glover, Vermont
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

What an awesome museum...and it's free with free parking! My husband and I visited here on our last day in South Dakota. Lots of fossils and dinosaur skeletons. I wanted to see the Fairburn agate and was pleasantly surprised by the variety of them, as well as other South Dakota rocks. Nice little gift shop... Make sure to stop by!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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77 reviews 77 reviews
47 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

There was no fee for the museum which is awesome. They have tons of dinosaur skeletons and rocks. There is a nice gift shop where we bought original t-shirts (Museum of Geology) that you wouldn't be able to find anywhere else and rocks. Plus, now my son wants to become an archeologist!

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Nashwauk, Minnesota, United States
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We brought our kids, ages 8 and 10, to visit the museum while we were vacationing in the Black Hills. We spent 2 hours there, and could have spent more but it was nearing closing time. The displays and informational signage are wonderful. When asked by people at home what their favorite thing was on vacation, both of them said... More

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Redondo Beach, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

So glad we went there, really good stuff. Very helpful staff. Easy to get to and free parking. Cute little gift shop too.

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Melbourne, Florida
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104 reviews 104 reviews
39 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

We based ourselves in Rapid City spending a week exploring southwest South Dakota and had originally intended on starting our vacation with this museum. Plans changed and it ended up being the last thing we did on a rainy Friday morning. It was the perfect punctuation mark on a terrific week. The gentleman working there that day was welcoming, friendly... More

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New Hampshire
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

there is so much interesting geological history here...the Black Hills are literally an island in the plains. There is actually a book titled "Island in the Plains" which is a great read for anyone interested - it's a personal story too, and is probably required reading for the geology students who staff the museum and are very personable, passionate, and... More

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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
3 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

This museum is a gem. :) It was a neat place focused on mineralogy and paleontology. It was so much more than we expected. Amazing that it is free! We spent several hours there with four adults and an 8 year old. There are kids' activities and things that they are encouraged to touch. The only caution I have is... More

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