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The Journey Museum & Learning Center

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Address: 222 New York St, Rapid City, SD 57701-1199
Phone Number: +1 605-394-6923
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Your Black Hills Journey starts here. The Journey Museum brings together...

Your Black Hills Journey starts here. The Journey Museum brings together four major prehistoric and historic collections to tell the complete story of the Western Great Plains - from the perspective of the Lakota people and the pioneers who shaped its past, to the scientists who now study it.

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Beautiful museum - a must see to learn about the the region from the geology to the native peoples. Don't miss it !

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Susan M
New Jersey
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New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Beautiful museum - a must see to learn about the the region from the geology to the native peoples. Don't miss it !

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Somerset, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 289 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

As soon as we arrived, we noticed how unique, soothing and pleasing the Building and the surrounding gardens are. The Museum inside is small but very nice. We started off with a movie about the history of the Badlands and the Black Hills. Then, we saw lots of nicely laid-out exhibits that took us along the journey of this State... More 

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum is a must-see when visiting SW South Dakota. The exhibits demonstrate and explain features of regional geology, natural history, Native American culture, and history from the arrival of Europeans to the present. The displays present the big picture in an easily understood format, with plenty of child-friendly interactives. For those who want more details, the museum is loaded... More 

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Monticello, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A well laid out and thought out museum. It took two hours to walk through not including the children's interactive activities or the various videos. the staff was very friendly and helpful. This is a must see attraction.

Thank Steve G
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is a great museum for those of use who really know nothing about South Dakota. They give the creation story from the Lakota perspective and weave in the science behind it. They explain the geology of the area and how the culture thrived and survived through docents, displays and hands on displays for kids. It really had something for... More 

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Marietta, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016 via mobile

This was a very nice place. It is set up very well. You can go at your own pace and explore on you own. Fun for all ages. Displays are very nice and some are even hands on. We had fun.

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Huntington Beach, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

If you read Michener's Hawaii, you know he explained how Hawaii was was created geographically and went to explain how the different cultures populated the islands. This is exactly what the Journey attempts to do with Rapid City, It does it very well. Definitely worth the visit. Very, Very Comprehensive with a very attentive and friendly staff.

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Felton, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

I would imagine that locals would find this museum "ho-hum" after a while; however, for those of us who traveled a bit of a distance, this museum is a true gem. It's small, yes, but the layout of the museum, taking you from the prehistoric era up through now, makes for an interesting journey. Plus, even though it is small... More 

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

The Journey Museum is a wonderful collection reflecting the natural history and anthropology of our area. it is filled with information and excellent displays.

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Lenexa, Kansas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

This was a Dad and Son (age 11) trip. Dad has visited three different times over a 12 year period. Will not return. At the beginning this was a well done, interactive museum, meant to be enjoyed by one and all. Why the downgrade?? Because if one looks at the details, the exhibits are now dated, and showing their age.... More 

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JourneyMuseum, Manager at The Journey Museum & Learning Center, responded to this review

Hello and thank you for your visits and perspectives. Here at the Journey Museum and Learning Center, reviews are important to us so I feel that it is necessary to acknowledge and respond to your thoughts. I am not sure when your previous visits took place but I would like to illustrate changes in the museum just over the past... More 

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