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Museum of Geology

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Address: 501 East St. Joseph Street, Rapid City, SD 57701
Phone Number: +1 605-394-2467
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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
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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.

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Small but impressive

This free museum is for those folks fascinated by rocks, gems, and fossils. It will take about an hour but the collection and displays are very impressive. Parking can be a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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New Orleans
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66 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This free museum is for those folks fascinated by rocks, gems, and fossils. It will take about an hour but the collection and displays are very impressive. Parking can be a challenge, but depending on the day, may not be crowded.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

this is a very nice paleontology museum as well as mineral exhibit. Some of the paleontology exhibits are thesis work of the grad students on display as well great information on other fossils on display. the students working the museum were pleasant and very helpful. there is so much to see and learn you can't believe how they got it... More 

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Lakeville, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Interesting if you are into dinosaurs and earth history. Liked it! Nice gift shop too. Has 2 bathrooms too.

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Pembroke Pines, Florida
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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The display hall is about only 100 x 50 feet, but packed full of fossils. These cover 2 main periods/areas. 1) Marine life from when the Western Interior sea covered South Dakota, cretaceous period, and 2) mammals from the Ice ages. I particularly liked the first set, they have a mosasaur and a plesiosaur on display, also Xiphactinus (1 really... More 

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Lenexa, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This was a Father and Son (11) trip. On the grounds of South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. Large varied collection of rock, gems, minerals, and fossils. Many that we had never seen before. Has an area for hands on exploration by one and all.

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Dallas, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Free and Interesting, As enjoyable as it was 45 years ago. This time with a 7 year old who also liked it. If budget is an issue, try here instead of the Black Hills Museum (also good but more expensive)

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Morton, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our scientist daughter wanted to visit this museum, so we attended with her. We were pleasantly surprised by the number and variety of exhibits. Everything was interesting and informative. Not huge, not a lot of walking needed, but worth the trip.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

PROS: free, real fossils including an edmontosaurus, tylosaurus and Plesiosaur! Not to forget the SD homegrown bronthothere. Quick 1 hour stop. Free parking. CONS: lacking gift shop; they sell casts ;

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Being in a college, you wouldn't expect it to have the rarities it has. From the full-mount Mosasaur skeleton to the dizzying array of minerals, this is a nice out of the way trip.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A great dino and other prehistoric creature museum. And a big section is devoted to minerals and gems. The museum is free, but I suggest you visit the gift shop first and by the guidebook that will walk you through the museum. The museum is not huge, but it is well done.

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