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The Museum @ Black Hills Institute

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117 Main St, Hill City, SD 57745-5106
+1 605-574-3919
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Gotta Love Stan (the T-rex)

Great collection of fossils that were found locally as well as cast replicas of others. The museum... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Perfect for Dinosaur fans!

I love Paleontology; it's actually my third love, and so when I discovered this little gem in Hill... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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117 Main St, Hill City, SD 57745-5106
+1 605-574-3919
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Great collection of fossils that were found locally as well as cast replicas of others. The museum is small but packed with all sorts of fossil and rock finds. The staff are quite friendly and will help answer any question. Your admission fee pays for...More

Thank Treefish827
Reviewed 1 week ago

I love Paleontology; it's actually my third love, and so when I discovered this little gem in Hill City, I had to go see it. They have replicas of fossils of dinosaurs, and actually have the original reconstruction of Stan the T-Rex in all his...More

Thank Amanda B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Your admittance gets you a full year membership! The fossils, meteorites and gems were the best we've seen. So much to see packed into an old elementary school gymnasium. GO HERE!

Thank joannaballinger
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is mainly a collection of finds through the Black Hills Institute. If you are paleontology nerd, as is my husband, this was on his bucket list. The museum was involved in the Trex Sue and Stan findings and all the stories that go with...More

Thank TXAGnative
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great place to visit. There is so much to see that you can't possibly take it all in in one visit. The staff is wonderful. Very helpful and knowledgeable. The displays are truly world class. More room would be helpful, but they have done a...More

Thank Mike W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you like to look at dinosaur fossils and rocks, put this museum on your list. While it may seem small compared to some big-city museums, this place has a lot to see and worth the visit. It has an impressive collection of dinosaur bones,...More

Thank suebell2
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

As other reviewers have stated, this is a relatively small museum just PACKED with cool things to look at. The displays are pretty much either geological (rocks) or paleontolgical (fossils). Many displays are from the local area, but others are from around the world. If...More

1  Thank Liva L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Every time I have visited the Black Hills Institute museum it amazes me you can put so much into one place. World class exhibits tellthe story of the Interior seaway lance fox hills and hell creek formations. plus many more exhibits

1  Thank rockhound13
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The kids are into dinos so we had to stop in and see. Its on the main street in hill city on the north end.a small place to be sure but a big collection of fosslils ,bones and the complete skelital remains of a t-rex....More

Thank mountiamsandcanyons
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I can't believe how much is packed in there. We loved all the fossils and skeletons. Such an amazing collection. We really enjoyed it!

Thank mattiesmom2004
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February 25, 2016|
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Response from Navalon | Reviewed this property |
Not by way of the front entrance, since there is a flight of stairs to go up. Call and ask if there a handicapped entrance. And yes, there's a narrow walkway once in the museum but it would be ok for wheelchair.
July 23, 2015|
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Response from Man-of-the-Stars | Reviewed this property |
I think it was $7 a person to get in to the museum part. The gift shop, where you actually enter the building, is free.