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Museum of Geology

501 East St. Joseph Street, Rapid City, SD 57701
605-394-2467
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Ranked #8 of 35 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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OMAHA
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41 reviews 41 reviews
10 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

This FREE museum, on the campus of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is known worldwide for their expertise in cataloging and assembling prehistoric animals for displays that have been placed in many of the most prestigious museums in the world. At the Museum of Geology, you'll find many compelling exhibits focusing on PALEONTOLOGY - the study of... More

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Sacramento, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

This is just the coolest museum if you like dinosaur bones, fossils, and every single gem, mineral, and stone there is to see. It is a hidden gem in Rapid City!!

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Windermere
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This museum really surprised me! Very nice displays and much bigger than I thought it was going to be. Lots of information on fossils, gems, rocks, dinosaurs, etc. Kids and I loved it and they have a tiny gift shop too. Spent about an hour here and it's free.

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Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
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32 reviews 32 reviews
18 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

First off--it's on the campus of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and is not easy to find, but it's definitely worth seeing if you are interested in dinosaurs or geology (or both). We have one child who loved the dinosaur exhibits and one who loved all the different kinds of rocks. It's free to visit (but stick... More

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Red Deer, Canada
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89 reviews 89 reviews
47 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

My daughter loves geology and found this place amazing. The categories and information about the display items kept her mesmorized for hours. The gift shop had some great samples for very fair prices as well. Since it's based on donation, the admission price is always right.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

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
13 helpful votes 13 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
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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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