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The Museum @ Black Hills Institute

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Address: 117 Main St, Hill City, SD 57745-5106
Phone Number: 605 574-3919
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

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We stopped in because of the collection of fossils and geological a treasures we had heard about. In addition to not disappointing, we were certainly impressed with the items that... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We stopped in because of the collection of fossils and geological a treasures we had heard about. In addition to not disappointing, we were certainly impressed with the items that they have for sale. Beautiful treasures on display both in the museum and in the retail area (NOT your typical black hills gift shop).

Thank Stephen P
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Museum at the Black Hills Institute is a must see in the Black Hills area. They have a one of a kind fossil collection from all over the world. The collection includes invertebrate fossils, plant fossil, and dinosaur fossils. Some dinosaurs are replicas but a large number are the real thing. They have the actual skull of Stan the... More 

Thank Rockglade
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We have visited many museums to see dinosaur fossils and this is one of the best. They have a broad selection of full skeletons and interesting displays. A government funded museum would probably display this collection in a space at least 10 times larger. For dinosaur lovers it is especially cool to understand the work that is done by the... More 

Thank Murray H
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We came across this little gem because it was raining and chilly so we couldn't go swimming. We walked in to a paradise for my teenage dinosaur junkie. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful and the displays were amazing for the location. We were greatly surprised. A must see for dinosaur enthusiasts!

Thank Carla N
Hudson, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great little museum jam packed with so many interesting things. We could spend hours here. There is also a nice little gift shop with everything from fossils and minerals to books and jewelry. The last time we were here our son was 5. Now he is 11 and had been anticipating our return all week! If you like all things... More 

Thank kbecerra
North Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This building was not large but packed with extinct animal and sea creature skeletons, fossils, beautiful rocks, crystals, minerals, geodes, historical local mining photos, and a whole lot more. The adjoining store sells all kinds of interesting and varied items. Warning! It is likely you will find something you just got to buy and take home. A great place for... More 

Thank christopherM8134MB
Tulsa, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Black Hills Geo Institute was a perfect stop for our Scouts! We took a large troop through the museum and they accommodated us so well. There's also a nice park a couple blocks away to eat at but parking is limited. The museum is smaller but the content is amazing.

Thank cbf21
Madison, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My kids loved this quick stop. The museum is, as other reviewers have said, tiny, but there are a lot of things to look at. In a small corner is a sand excavation place for small children with some toy dinosaurs (which they also sell in their shop). Yes, we did buy one on the way home. Plan on spending... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This unassuming museum is amazing - the fossils and gemstones are unparalleled and the staff so generous with their time - talking one and one with inquisitive kids and adults, and so knowledgeable (leading us around to things of interest, recommending books, resources, other museums). Don't miss the dinosaur fossil named after JK Rowling's books! ;-) And the gift shop... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I took from son here for his 9th birthday present. We got to meet Pete Larson which was the highlight of the trip for my son. Pete went out of his way explaining all the different bones to my son.

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