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Museum of Geology

501 East St. Joseph Street, Rapid City, SD 57701
605-394-2467
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Ranked #7 of 36 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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Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

This is a really great collection of specimans! So interesting. And there is technically no fee - only a donation request. Not too huge, so it does not take an entire afternoon to get through it. But still a lot of neat things to see. Tons of minerals/rocks if your kids are into that. The gift shop isn't the greatest... More

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Oak Creek, Wisconsin
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

My children took a keen interest in the different stones they had seen as we traveled through the Black Hills. As a free stop, this was well worth our time, given their interest.

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84 reviews 84 reviews
11 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

This museum of any excellent display of dinosaurs and rocks. The staff is very knowledgeable and helpful. This museum charges no entry fee and is conveniently located near downtown on campus. They also have a good gift shop.

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Houma, Louisiana
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

You won't be disappointed touring this museum. Great displays of fossils and rocks. Giant dinosaurs skeletons were viewed. It was a rainy day and we looked for indoor activities and found this museum which is worth seeing on a sunny day. Take your kids. It's even free

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Lewellen, Nebraska
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Not huge, but its great for a free museum. I've heard good things about it for years and it didn't disappoint. Nice history of mammal life in the Badlands as well as plenty of material from the Inland Sea days of the Cretaceous period. Great stuff.

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McHenry, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

We were visiting Rapid City during a very wet time so we needed to find indoor options for our family to visit. Our first stop was the Museum of Geology and it was one of our favorites. The staff was very friendlly and interacted well with our kids to get them engaged with the museum. They had fun activities for... More

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Wisconsin
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

This spot may take some finding, but when one does, it's worth it. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable. I would go back again as there is so much to see and learn.

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Hilliard, Ohio
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

If you like ancient skeletons, rocks, or anything related to earth science, you will enjoy this museum. It is not very big, but it packs in a lot of artifacts. We spent about 2 hours there and were looking and reading most of the information - you could skim through in an hour and still get a good look.

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Waynesboro, Virginia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
14 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

This free museum is off the beaten path, on the top floor of a building on the campus of the SD School of Mines & Technology. Some interesting exhibits of fossil skeletons, etc. and many varieties of minerals, stone, geologic formations. Great for the rock hound or paleontology buff...

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Aberdeen, South Dakota
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

It's a small museum and took us less than an hour to whip through it. It took us longer to actually get to the school of mines campus and find a parking spot. The dinos are pretty cool and some are quite large -- that was our main interest. The have a small gift shop area but we didn't buy... More

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