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Museum of Geology

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Address: 501 East St. Joseph Street, Rapid City, SD 57701
Phone Number: 605-394-2467
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Wow.... Did I mention Wow!!!?

So...stopped off while visiting the SDSMT. Was not prepared for the incredible museum. If you are looking for a top-notch paleontology and geology museum...you have found it!

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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Harrison, Nebraska
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Harrison, Nebraska
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121 reviews 121 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

So...stopped off while visiting the SDSMT. Was not prepared for the incredible museum. If you are looking for a top-notch paleontology and geology museum...you have found it!

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Cottage Grove, Minnesota
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

We couldn't stop looking at the beauty of the gems and minerals. Excellent displays. It was a nice surprise to find out it was free too. Rapid City is a very nice city with good people.

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

You will want to see this one. It was quite nice and My family loved it . My daughter (11) thought the glow in the dark stone section was awesome. We liked it and it was free.

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

What a great place to bring children. Who doesn't like dinosaurs and huge swimming reptiles! Also, the museum houses a fantastic collection of rocks, crystals, gemstones, etc. The small gift shop manages to pack in all manner of dinosaur and rock hound offerings - something for everyone. My husband and I had a great time exploring this somewhat hard to... More 

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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

My kids love to visit the museum. We try to go every other year, if not annually. The students are very helpful and the lady time we went they weren't busy so a friendly young man gave us a private tour and handled questions and comments from 8 kids really well. I would recommend this place to anyone looking to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Our whole family enjoyed this museum. The kids--ages 10,9,7,6 and 3--- had a blast. The fossils were fascinating. The hands on area kept our kids entertained while we wondered around. It is small, but well worth the visit

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Twin Cities, MN, USA
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71 reviews 71 reviews
47 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

We've been to Rapid City several times, but had never heard of this place. It is actually on the campus of the School of Mines, so it can be a bit tricky to figure out where the building and parking are located. This a free museum, which is hard to believe, given all that they have. The museum is actually... More 

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jacksonville
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69 reviews 69 reviews
22 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Lots of interesting fossils. Many museums only show replicas but this free museum had many original fossils. There is a children's play area and a nice gift shop. The staff was very helpful.

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Somerset, Wisconsin
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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The rock and dinosaur display are very impressive. Very educational and informative. The free tour is worth the time. The price is right as only donations are accepted.

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

A friend and I took our kids to the museum. A very helpful young man gave us a tour and talked to the kids about dinosaurs and all sorts of things. They even have a little giftshop so we let the kids each purchase a rock on the way out.

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