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Adams Museum

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Address: 54 Sherman St, Deadwood, SD 57732-1364
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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I would say that it's a must see Museum if your a old west history buff like me . We spent about 2 hours going thru the Museum .

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Claysburg, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I would say that it's a must see Museum if your a old west history buff like me . We spent about 2 hours going thru the Museum .

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Deer Lodge, Montana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A wide view of the history of the area... covers the wild west and some paleontology. A great explanation of the building of the town of Deadwood and the history of its founding fathers and ruffians. A must see of who, what, when and where in Deadwood....especially fun if you ever saw the HBO series.

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Omaha, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We loved this museum! It is great for all ages. If you have difficulty with stairs, there is a ton of history to contemplate on the main floor.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a great museum one of the best I have been in. Small donation is asked but no admission fee required. You could spend an entire day taking in all of the local history.

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

Thank you for your excellent review of the Adams Museum. It is good to know visitors could spend an entire day looking through this wonderful Deadwood historic resource! More 

Orlando
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

No admission (please make a donation), lovely docents introduced us to the museum and provided assistance and info in various spots. There are 3 floors of local history - well laid out, easy to browse. A great variety of displays - from archives to taxidermy - there is something that will interest everyone in the family - all ages. The... More 

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

Thank you for your exceptional review of the Adams Museum on TripAdvisor. We appreciate your great feedback. Our docents will appreciate your comments too! We hope to see you in Deadwood again! More 

Leavenworth
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I almost missed this place. It was the last museum we visited on this trip and should have been earlier. It has three floor of historical items from when Deadwood just became a town. Lots of pictures, albums, carvings, transportation, and timelines. Well worth more than two hours and going back to visit at a later time. No charge for... More 

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

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

Fallbrook, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum is a must see in Deadwood. They do not charge for admission but a donation would be nice. Overall if it happened in Deadwood they have a record of it. Likely one of the most informative museums I have been in.

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

Thank you for your wonderful comments about the Adams Museum! Your review made our day. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a neat old Museum maybe not that great for kids not a lot for them to see what if you're a history buff you will definitely want to go there doesn't cost anything other than the donation is a quick in-and-out thing great history of the area

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

Thank you for your feedback about the Adams Museum. We appreciate your visit to Deadwood! More 

Warsaw, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It does not look huge on the outside, but there is a lot of detail to see on the inside, especially for free. Very nice to do in conjunction with the Adams House.

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

Thank you for your great review on the Adams Museum! It is a nice pairing with the Adams House. More 

Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Going in, I did not expect much of the Adams Museum, but I was pleasantly surprised. They have packed many interesting exhibits into a relatively small space. If you are interested in Black Hills history or the story of Deadwood, the Adams museum is worth a stop.

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

Thank you for your kind review about the Adams Museum. We are glad to hear the museum was better than you expected! Your visit is deeply appreciated. More 

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