We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices

Museum of Geology

Certificate of Excellence
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 501 E Saint Joseph St, Rapid City, SD 57701-3901
Phone Number: +1 605-394-2467
Website
Today
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description:

We are a natural history museum featuring an excellent displays of South...

We are a natural history museum featuring an excellent displays of South Dakota fossils, minerals from around the world and South Dakota Minerals.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 206 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 139
    Excellent
  • 54
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Tour of the Museum

It is housed in the University. Wow - was I surprised with the amount of fossils they had, never thinking South Dakota in terms of dinosaurs. Every time I looked there was more... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Sharon S
Add Photo Write a Review

206 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
Showing 205: English reviews
Level Contributor
12 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It is housed in the University. Wow - was I surprised with the amount of fossils they had, never thinking South Dakota in terms of dinosaurs. Every time I looked there was more information and another skeleton, most of which were authentic, not man made to look like them. The next part was the Geology section - an incredible collection... More 

Helpful?
Thank Sharon S
Punta Gorda, Florida
Level Contributor
242 reviews
67 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

2nd time here. So many things to look at. Fossils and rocks and a great collection of them. Students staff and are very friendly and helpful. Gift shop. Cool inside. Great college!

Helpful?
Thank Rdqueen
South Dakota
Level Contributor
8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I love the mounted dinos. This review has to 100 characters, silly rule, but rules are rule so here they are..

Helpful?
Thank DempseysMom
Reynoldsburg, Ohio
Level Contributor
148 reviews
78 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were on our way to the Badlands when I picked up a brochure for the Museum of Geology. On a whim, we decided to stop! My son walked climbed the stairs and immediately said, "I'm over my head!" This place was amazing! Great dinosaur displays as well as many rocks and gems to examine. Plus there is a small... More 

Helpful?
Thank TheGambianRPCV
Saint Louis, Missouri
Level Contributor
161 reviews
64 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were wanting something to do until it was time for our dinner reservation and this place came up. It has many displays of rocks, skeletons, and bones. The young man working was very informative.

Helpful?
Thank lorinjer
Pierre, South Dakota
Level Contributor
24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was my first time at the museum. It was fabulous. We spent 3 hours looking through everything at the museum. They had rocks from all over the world and fossils from just about everywhere. I enjoyed the fossils a lot. They even have a kid friendly area where they can study the rocks and geology. way cool.

Helpful?
Thank phenson4769
Level Contributor
27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Housed on the School of Mines campus, the Museum of Geology is truly a hidden gem. The museum has several dinosaur and prehistoric animal skeletons, lots of fossils and beautiful display cases full of minerals and gemstones. They have a dark room with a display of fluorescent glowing minerals. Nice little gift shop as well. Fun place to take kids.... More 

Helpful?
Thank Gretchen D
Smyrna, GA
Level Contributor
69 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very nice collection of fossils and rocks. Not too large to be overwhelming, but still requires an hour or two to do it merit. The museum is free but encourages a donation. Staff seemed very friendly and ready to answer questions, etc. If you're in Rapid City and think you might be interested in geology museum (with a good fossil... More 

Helpful?
Thank Hrothmir
Wisconsin
Level Contributor
15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum had a very nice collection of minerals and fossils, one of the largest we have seen. They have many real fossils for viewing, not just casts, found from a variety of locals in the U.S. The mineral/rock collection was beautiful. They have a colorful variety of stones from around the world that are intriguing to examine. They also... More 

Helpful?
Thank Jonathan J
Jacksonville, Florida
Level Contributor
23 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Who doesn't love dinosaurs and free things to do? You can't lose with this one. Our 2-year old dragged us around the museum to look at the dinosaurs, fossils and gemstones. We spent hours here. They have a T-rex and triceratops skull and full skeletons from various dinosaurs and mammals as well as fossil sharks, turtles and more. In full... More 

Helpful?
Thank DHTravelAdvisers

Travelers who viewed Museum of Geology also viewed

 

Been to Museum of Geology? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Museum of Geology staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?