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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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9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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We are a natural history museum featuring an excellent displays of South...

We are a natural history museum featuring an excellent displays of South Dakota fossils, minerals from around the world and South Dakota Minerals.

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Great little museum

We really enjoyed our short visit to this museum. It is not very big, but it has several interesting articles. The kids loved looking at the fossils and dinosaur bones and my... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Ron D
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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99 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We really enjoyed our short visit to this museum. It is not very big, but it has several interesting articles. The kids loved looking at the fossils and dinosaur bones and my wife liked the gold nuggets. Not a must do, but worth and hour or two of your time if you get a chance to stop in.

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you're a nerd like me, you'll love this place. Rare gems from all over the world and great fossils to appreciate as well. The parking situation is intolerable, but otherwise this is great place to check out!

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Thank imok_ruok
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29 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015

Staffed by enthusiastic students, this free little museum has quite a rock collection! It is worth a quick stop and we learned, don't be afraid to ask questions, because the staff want to share their knowledge!

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Hilo, Hawaii
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281 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

This museum is a must see if you are interested in the paleontology, geology and minerals of North Dakota. Fossils can be seen in their original state not just reproductions. Located in the South Dakota School of Mines this small but informative museum is a perfect place to learn about the geologic formations that make up the area that includes... More 

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Rapid City
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

This museum offers so much in information and visual learning. The staff is eager to assist and teach about the various minerals and rocks as well as prehistoric finds.

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Oak Ridge, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 617 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

My early opinions of paleontology and geology museums were formed in Boston and NYC. They have wonderful collections that are so vast and complete that all but dedicated students of the subjects will start to wilt and wish they could never see another rock or bone. I am not one of the dedicated fans, so this museum was a really... More 

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

Sometimes the term 'museums' can turn off kids who may think educational is the opposite of fun. This collection of artifacts and displays are based on facts and expertly-researched experiences of those who collected the items and chose them to be shared with the public. That fact alone is worth the time to stop and see what this museum has... More 

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Appleton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

This museum is awesome! Half is dedicated to dinosaurs and other fossils which the institute's students, researchers and scientists have found. They have done an outstanding job of showing what a dig site would reveal. The dinosaur skeletons on display are composed of bones uncovered by their teams, and are almost entirely real bones. The other half is a great... More 

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Affton, Missouri
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Had a little bit of everything, But it could have had more. We enjoyed it, but it could have more luster.

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Stanwood, Washington, United States
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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

One of our kids is fascinated with geology and minerals so we mostly stopped here for her. We were pleasantly surprised. For a free attraction there was a lot to see here. We only allowed an hour but could have spent longer. Don't miss the dark room with the glowing minerals. If you follow their loop through the museum it... More 

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