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Museum of Geology

501 East St. Joseph Street, Rapid City, SD 57701
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Ranked #9 of 32 attractions in Rapid City
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Hill City, South Dakota
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

This is a working museum on the campus of the internationally renowned School of Mines campus. There is a nice mix of old and news displays. I recommend going here before heading out to the badlands as they have the best collections and interpretation of the White River Badlands fossils you will see in the Badlands.

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Reading, Pennsylvania
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237 attraction reviews
222 helpful votes 222 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

This free museum is located on the campus of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. It's worth a stop if you have time while in Rapid City. They exhibits are dated in terms of style, but they have some neat skeletons and gem samples.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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39 reviews 39 reviews
20 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013 via mobile

This attraction was not on our list of places to visit while in the Rapid City area, but the weather was cold and rainy for several days. My husband and I were pleasantly surprised with the extensive collection of fossils, minerals, and artifacts. I especially liked the glow room (certain minerals glow under black light).

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84 reviews 84 reviews
25 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Free admission and interesting exhibits. Very friendly staff. Definitely visit if you have the time.

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Rapid City, South Dakota
18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

Very informative, lots things to see, and it's free. Kids and adults alike will love this museum. Best collection within 1000 miles.

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Mankato, Minnesota
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

This out-of-the-way museum is an absolute must-see, if you are visiting the area. There are numerous dinosaur and ancient mammalian skeletons on display, as well as fossil fish, birds, plants, and many extinct vertebrates and invertebrates. In addition, there is a vast rock and mineral collection. Both adults and children will enjoy this free attraction.

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East Midlands
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146 reviews 146 reviews
64 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

Very much the old university style museum. Lots of cases full of rocks! Perhaps not so interesting for children or those with little background geological knowledge. We found it on the map, but once in the university grounds it was harder to find. Because it was the vacation we were able to park, but I'm not sure what it would... More

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States
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40 reviews 40 reviews
25 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

My husband and I were on out honeymoon and we tend to like nerdy things. This museum was so much fun for us and we did buy a few rocks at the gift shop. We took a lot of pictures and learned a lot about different minerals. This site was very cool and I recommend it if you're looking for... More

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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386 reviews 386 reviews
134 attraction reviews
169 helpful votes 169 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

This is one of the coolest museums! It's such a time capsule and there is an overwhelmingly amount of information here that you could literally spend all day looking at everything. It was a little different this visit with the gift shop area being in a room off to the side rather than around the front desk area. It's still... More

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Franklin, Indiana
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110 reviews 110 reviews
33 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

Wish I had learned of this earlier. Visited it the last,late afternoon of my trip to Rapid City. Excellent exhibits of rocks, minerals and fossils. And it's free. Also has a nice little store. I'd highly recommend this v.

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