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Adams Museum

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Address: 54 Sherman St, Deadwood, SD 57732
Phone Number:
+1 605-578-1714
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Adams Museum is the Black Hills’ oldest history museum. In 1930...

The Adams Museum is the Black Hills’ oldest history museum. In 1930 pioneer businessman W.E. Adams founded the Adams Museum in downtown Deadwood with the purpose of preserving and displaying the history of the Black Hills.

The Adams Museum is home to some of the Black Hills’ greatest treasures including Potato Creek Johnny’s gold nugget, beloved American illustrator N.C. Wyeth’s pencil sketch drawing of Western legend Wild Bill Hickok, the mysterious Thoen Stone record of the Ezra Kind party’s discovery of gold in the Hills in the 1830s and a one-of-a-kind plesiosaur (marine reptile).

In addition to exhibits on all three levels, the Adams General Store is located on the main floor.

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This place has tons of history on Deadwoods history, lots of things to look at. This is a must see for Deadwood Tourist. It is self guided and there are people available for... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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7 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This museum had what I assume is interesting stuff. Unfortunately, each item displayed is tagged with a number, in order to find out about each item you look for the corresponding number in a binder at each case. The problem being, 1) looking back and forth from binder to item and 2) we went when it was busy, so many... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This place has tons of history on Deadwoods history, lots of things to look at. This is a must see for Deadwood Tourist. It is self guided and there are people available for questions

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DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your great review about the Adams Museum in Deadwood. Your comments about the museum displaying tons of history and things to see are deeply appreciated. Glad you enjoyed the self-guided tour! More 

Milwaukee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2016

My wife and I love history museums. In fact, the previous day we visited the Journey Museum in downtown Rapid City. To much extent, the previous museum, which had a section devoted to the rough & tumble town of early Deadwood, kind of “stole the thunder” of the Adams Museum. The artifacts / pictures on display at the Adams museum... More 

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DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your input on the Adams Museum. We appreciate feedback from our guests. Glad you enjoyed the Journey Museum, but I hope you will give the Adams Museum another opportunity on your next trip to Deadwood. The exhibits director and professional museum staff will be working on a major exhibit transition in the next two years that will... More 

Westville, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2016

We visited with our kids in the late 90's & it was one of the few family friendly things to do in Deadwood. It's free, donation asked. Lots of interesting history. I don't know if the two headed calf is still there, but it was something the kids remembered long afterwards!

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DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for writing a review about the Adams Museum. We still have the two headed calf on display on the museum's main level in the Cabinet of Curiosities. We hope to see you again! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2016

I traveled to Deadwood for a research trip - I am an "old west" historian - and couldn't have had a better time if I was at the Louvre! The staff is so passionate and helpful and Deadwood is teeming with history and natural beauty.

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DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful review. We are pleased you had a successful research trip, and hope to see you in Deadwood again! We appreciate your great comments about the staff as well. More 

Berkley
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

This museum is really fun. There are lots of exhibits and we learned a lot of great information about Deadwood. The exhibit items are numbered and you kind of have to hunt to find the actual items but overall it was a fantastic experience. I really enjoyed the exhibit on the "oddities" and on the different cultures in the area.... More 

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DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your great review about the Adams Museum. So glad you enjoyed our Cabinet of Curiosities and Ethnic Deadwood exhibits. We also appreciate your positive feedback about the Adams General Store (gift shop), and your visit to Deadwood! More 

Finger Lakes, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016 via mobile

We just arrived in Deadwood. And after checking into our hotel and having a quick bite to eat, this museum was our first stop. The first thing you see when you enter the museum is an old steam engine used to haul ore at a mine from Lead. All throughout the three floors are lots of pictures and materials from... More 

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DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and positive comments about the Adams Museum, Tommy. We appreciate the feedback! More 

Spring, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016 via mobile

Great museum with lots of artifacts. There is a lot of interactive reading over 3 floors. They do have an elevator. They ask for a donation instead of admission fee. There is a small general store where we got some candy and a deadwood shot glass.

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DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your excellent review about your visit to the Adams Museum! We appreciate your great comments about the museum, and we hope to see you in Deadwood again. More 

Saint Paul, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016

This was very meat its free plus lots to look at and lots of history Very easy to walk to close to main street

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DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your visit to the Adams Museum! We appreciate your feedback. More 

Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016

We found this museum to be VERY interesting and great fun! There are many artifacts and it's easy to do a self-guided tour.

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DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your great review! We appreciate your feedback about how interesting and fun the museum was for you, and that it was an easy to do self-guided tour. So pleased you visited the Adams Museum while you were in Deadwood. More 

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