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The Museum @ Black Hills Institute

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Address: 117 Main St., Hill City, SD 57745
Phone Number: 605 574-3919
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Mon - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

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Pocket Sized-World Class

These folks have found both the most complete and second most complete T-Rex in the world. Stan is on display (2nd most complete) and amazing. Their collection is world class and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Dan S
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Illinois
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Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

These folks have found both the most complete and second most complete T-Rex in the world. Stan is on display (2nd most complete) and amazing. Their collection is world class and includes the huge sea turtle and amazing flora and fauna fossils. The gift shop sell some very typical thing and some not so typical like museum grade fossils. If... More 

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Gillette, Wyoming
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I work in tourism - specifically youth travel and had the chance to scope out the area before a work trip next month. My first intuition was to take my group (75 pre-teen boys) to the Dinosaur Museum in Rapid City but after the WORST experience with the staff and facilities I quickly rebounded here - and boy am I... More 

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Aurora
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Though the museum is small and they need more space they have this gem packed with cool dinosaurs, gems, rocks and much more! The gift shop is larger than the museum itself and everything is packed into a tight space. Take your time roaming through it or you will miss a lot of cool stuff. They have a very extensive... More 

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Spokane Valley, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was surprised as to how much is jn this museum. The outside doesn't look huge but once inside you will be amazed. There are a lot of fossils as well as casts made of fossils (from elsewhere). They have a complete T-Rex plus many more. Each display has a sign describing the dinosaur as well as specifying what parts... More 

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Long Island, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I couldn't believe how much there was to see in this very small museum. There have been many fossil and dinosaur bones found in this area, including Sue, a dinosaur who is now in a museum in Chicago, so these items are local. We were dazzled by the number of bones, geodes, fossils, and you name it they had. Our... More 

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Dallas, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

For us, this is the best attraction of the trip to South Dakota. Two adults and one child get in for $16.00. This is my third or fourth time through over the last 40+ years. And, I'd go again.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There is just too much to see in an hour! Our kids were thrilled by the actual fossils! Not replicas or casts, they have a great many real fossils! And Stan! Stan was the highlight! We have seen Sue, now we can we saw Stan. The history offered is great, not overwhelming where you lose interest, not so little you... More 

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Lincoln Nebraska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I especially liked this place for the gift shot. I was able to find something at a reasonable price for each of the kids. The museum itself is relatively small, but it does have some very neat fossils and exhibits. I recommend if you're into that sort of thing. Just note, you DO NOT have to pay to get into... More 

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South Dakota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

For a small area they have a ton of stuff to look at! You can easily spend 1-2 hours here looking at everything and reading about it. They have a fun little "dig site" for kids to discover in.

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Clearwater, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you really want to see some serious bones, this is the place! Doesn't look like much from the outside but go inside and pay the fee for the Museum. Totally worth it. Best collection of Dino bones and you can get very up close and personal. Check out the Documentary Dinosaur 13 too. Really gives a great back story... More 

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