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Days of '76 Museum

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Address: 18 76th Dr, adjacent to the Rodeo Grounds, Deadwood, SD 57732-7451
Phone Number: +1 605-578-1657
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Live re-creations of the town's rich history started in 1924 through the...

Live re-creations of the town's rich history started in 1924 through the Days of '76 celebration and award-winning rodeo. The celebration began as a way to honor Deadwood's pioneers - the prospectors, miners, muleskinners and madams who poured into the Black Hills in 1876 to settle the gold-filled gulches of Dakota Territory.

Deadwood's newest museum documents the celebration and rodeo. The Days of '76 Museum features exceptional displays of carriages, firearms, American Indian artifacts and illustrates Deadwood's enduring friendship with Buffalo Bill Cody.

The Days of '76 Museum is wheelchair accessible. The Mercantile gift shop is located on the first floor.

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Free museum and worth the hour out of your day !!! Good for a rainy day !! Very interesting on the how the rodeo grew in Deadwood.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
BikerFredDeb
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Silver Spring, Maryland
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Silver Spring, Maryland
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10 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Free museum and worth the hour out of your day !!! Good for a rainy day !! Very interesting on the how the rodeo grew in Deadwood.

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DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Days of '76 Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review on the Days of '76 Museum. We are pleased you had time to visit. This museum is not free, but you might have also visited the Adams Museum which operates by donation. Great to hear you enjoyed the information about the rodeo. And thanks for coming to Deadwood! More 

Wichita
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband was a bareback bronc rider. Our high school aged son & friend rides bulls & broncs. This was such a great museum to see the history of the great men & women of it. We are wanting to get back soon to see the rodeo they have each summer!! Loved it!!

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Thank Buford-Gs
DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Days of '76 Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for writing a great review of your visit to the Days of '76 Museum. Your comments are deeply appreciated by all of us! We hope to see you again when you return to Deadwood and to see the Days of '76 rodeo and parade. More 

Loris, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to visualize the old west. Absolutely loved the stage coaches and enjoyed it more then the Adams museum.

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DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Days of '76 Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for taking time to review your visit to the Days of '76 Museum. We are pleased to hear you loved the carriage, wagon, and stagecoach gallery! It's one of our favorite galleries too. More 

Sacramento, California
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum was fun and my kids loved it. It is right on the edge of town and very worth the two minute drive.

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Thank photohappyervin
DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Days of '76 Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your excellent review! So pleased your kids enjoyed the Days of '76 Museum. The interactive games are usually a big hit with kids of all ages. More 

Algonquin, Illinois
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Believing this was a museum on the history of Deadwood, our mistake, we found out this is a museum about the parade they have in Deadwood. The show of rifles was extraordinary, but the rest of the history about the parade, wasn't very exciting to those of us that don't live there. Kids were extremely bored.

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DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Days of '76 Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review of the Days of '76 Museum. The museum is dedicated to the Days of '76 rodeo and celebration, but it also includes many other great stories, including an exhibit on the Native American's, the historic gun collection (which you mentioned, and we are glad to hear you enjoyed that exhibit),... More 

Pasadena
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016

My husband & I love history & checking out museums. This one was very good for adults although children may be a little bored. I would suggest more hands on items, even if not authentic, to give kids an idea of what their ancestors experienced.

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Thank MsBPasadena
DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Days of '76 Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your great review of the Days of '76 Museum. The museum does offer some photo opportunities throughout the museum that children typically enjoy. Also, on the lower level we have some interactive games for both children and adults. But we do appreciate your comments, and I will share them with the exhibits director. Anything we can do... More 

Terre Haute, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016

If you don't mind reading a lot and are interested in the Wild West, this is a nice museum. My 12 year old was a little bored. There is a lot of information and artifacts are presented nicely. The lower level has some restored wagons that were interesting.

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Thank E4178
DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Days of '76 Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback on your visit to the Days of '76 Museum. Your input is very important to us. The museum does have some wonderful interactive games for children on the lower level prior to the entrance to the carriage collection. We truly appreciate your visit to Deadwood, and hope you will come again. More 

Milan Ctr, IN
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016

We have been to Deadwood many times, we finally stopped into the museum and it was worth it for sure. Huge amount of local, state and regional history. Frontiers man and rodeos, all well laid out and accessible to view. Sights and exhibits for all ages.

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DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Days of '76 Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your great review, and for taking the time to stop and see the Days of '76 Museum. We truly appreciate your positive comments and your continued visits to Deadwood. More 

Marietta, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016 via mobile

We stopped today on our way to our hotel. We sat in on the history of candy. It was great plus we got some candy and learned more about the history of this. Them we toured the museum and it is a wonderful stop. We visit it every year and it keeps getting better each time. They updated they make... More 

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DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Days of '76 Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your excellent review of the Days of '76 Museum. We appreciate your visit to the museum and Deadwood each year. And thanks for attending the Susan Benjamin "Sweet as Sin" presentation and candy tasting yesterday! Susan did a fantastic job educating all of us on the history of candy, and being able to taste it... More 

knoxville
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

Nice museum if you're interested in western history. Wagons of every size and kind on two floors. Elevator available

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DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Days of '76 Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review the Days of '76 Museum on TripAdvisor. We truly appreciate your feedback, as well as your visit to Deadwood. More 

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