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Museum of Geology

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Address: 501 East St. Joseph Street, Rapid City, SD 57701
Phone Number: +1 605-394-2467
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12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

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Cool stop that is free and super kid-friendly

We stopped in for a quick one-hour visit. My daughters loved the fossil and dinosaur relics. I loved the agates on display. The gift shop was well-stocked too. So pleased this... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 17, 2015
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We stopped in for a quick one-hour visit. My daughters loved the fossil and dinosaur relics. I loved the agates on display. The gift shop was well-stocked too. So pleased this place is free, but yes, remember to drop in a donation!

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Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Nice, easy visit to the museum. Lots of rocks and bones to see! The employee was very helpful and informative. Free and quick stop, worth seeing. Enjoyed by kids and adults as well.

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Lumberton, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

FREE display area of a state college, has both amazing collection of rocks and skeletons. Good for about 1/2-3/4 hour for a family. Parking access can be difficult especially during the school year or I would give it 5 out of 5.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We love rocks. The beautiful and abundant displays were wonderful to view. There are also cool fossils too. The kids loved it.

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Rochester, MN
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

This is a nice/free stop for the parents and the kids. It is probably best for kids that are at least 5+ though. This isn't a place for them to run around and play. The museum attendant seemed nervous about having kids around so we didn't stay long. Lots of the exhibits there I still remember from my childhood when... More 

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Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Extremely informative. We wouldn't have known about this place without our great tour guide Rich. Free admission and great for all ages.

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Free museum, not huge but has some neat things to look at. If you only have an hour or two during your trip, and want a fun place to go, stop by. Adults and kids in our group enjoyed it. Give them a small cash donation if you can.

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Whitewater, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

We were a little confused about where to park initially because we didn't realize that the museum was in the middle of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology campus. However, the fact that the museum is part of the University ends up being one of the most positive aspects of the museum. Many of the exhibitions were conducted... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

I took my grandsons ages 5 and 9 and both had a different but wonderful experience. I liked that there was a hands on section as well for them. The staff was very helpful too!

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Moorestown, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Who "woulda thunk" that such an excellent museum is easily accessible and free? Wonderful collection of fossils, stones, etc., with excellent documentation. Located in a campus building of a very nice college. Definitely a must-see if you are staying in or around Rapid City.

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