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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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Wisconsin
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

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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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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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Rapid City, South Dakota
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Took my kids to this museum. it was awesome. they enjoyed seeing glow in the dark rocks and dinosaur bones. and i did too! it was informative and free. the hours are limited tho by University hours, check before you go.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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45 reviews 45 reviews
20 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

This museum is free to visit, though they do ask for a donation. Suggested donation is a mere $5 for a family. They have great exhibits and college students are on hand to answer any questions you may have. There were some fantastic displays. Our kids were very wary when I told them where we were going, but once they... 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

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

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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14 reviews 14 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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35 reviews 35 reviews
19 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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