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The Museum @ Black Hills Institute

Open Now: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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We were way impressed by this museum, chock full of real dinosaur skeletons. Land, water, small... read more

Reviewed November 27, 2018
Carolyn B
Minneapolis, Minnesota
A real surprise

This unassuming little museum in tiny Hill City (population about 1000) has more fossils and... read more

Reviewed October 31, 2018
Toni B
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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117 Main St, Hill City, SD 57745-5106
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Reviewed November 27, 2018

We were way impressed by this museum, chock full of real dinosaur skeletons. Land, water, small, and ENORMOUS. I saw dinosaurs I had never seen before. This is a must-recommend.

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Carolyn B
Meander49412588335, Manager at The Museum @ Black Hills Institute, responded to this reviewResponded December 5, 2018

We are so glad you enjoyed your visit!

Reviewed October 31, 2018

This unassuming little museum in tiny Hill City (population about 1000) has more fossils and dinosaur/extinct animal skeletons than I have ever seen in one room. The guide said there were over 900. They hung from the ceiling, along the walls, covering most of the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Toni B
Reviewed October 9, 2018

Of all the places we visited on our 18 day vacation this was one of the best surprises. Small admission fee that's good for a year, nice fossil exhibits and an excellent T-shirt selection

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 5, 2018

1st rate museum for its size and funding. Great artifacts and knowledgeable employees. Fabulous job guys!! This was our second trip from Illinois to see it and the Black Hills in three years.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 8, 2018 via mobile

This place looks small and unassuming but you get inside and it's absolutely incredible. The volume and quality of the fossils, full dinosaur skeletons, and other items is unbelievable. We spent 2 hours here and could have stayed longer. There was a volunteer docent who...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 31, 2018

You wouldn't expect such an amazing collection of fossils here, but this museum is great. Highly recommend. 2nd most complete T rex skeleton.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 30, 2018 via mobile

I though this would be fairly cheesy, and it might have been, BUT everyone really liked it. The museum is actually in an old basketball gymnasium, so it’s really not that big, but they have an ENORMOUS collection inside including tyrannosaouruses, triceritops, and all sorts...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank John S
Reviewed August 29, 2018

This is a small space, but there are many dinosaur and other prehistoric creature skeletons (some were moldings from castings). My husband loves to see and read about dinosaurs; me, not so much. We both enjoyed seeing the fossils and minerals. I most enjoyed reading...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank kjpb
Reviewed August 28, 2018

This museum is amazing. You get up close to these bones. The attached rock shop is really fun and the staff is very knowledgeable and helpful about everything. We spent many hours in the Museum and rock shop because it was fascinating. Stan the male...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank TinaTravels2018
Reviewed August 26, 2018 via mobile

The whole museum sits inside a old basketball court. There are tons of fossils or fossil replicas packed into this space. It was fun and interesting to take a stroll through the place. The entrance fee was reasonable. It is not a huge museum and...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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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.