Museum of Geology

Museum of Geology, Rapid City: Hours, Address, Museum of Geology Reviews: 4.5/5

Museum of Geology
4.5
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8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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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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JSSAmber
Cambridge, UK458 contributions
Aug 2021
A real gem in a town with far too many tourist attractions already. It's a great size, the kind of thing that you can enjoy well in as little as an hour but where you could also spend as much as three hours, taking in the exhibits slowly and carefully. It's laid out in a way that you can follow a line through it all rigorously or skip organically from one thing that catches your eye to another. With huge displays of dinosaur skeletons down to small, glittering samples of different hues of the same rock, there's something here for everyone. The displays even have a sense of humor!
Written August 9, 2021
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kmac2400
Wheeling, IL83 contributions
Jun 2021
Located on the college campus, this free museum is very nice. The displays are professionally done and comparable to those found in more famous and larger museums. The focus is clearly on fossils found in the South Dakota area with some of the fossils being quite large. Each display is tagged and has well-done narratives of what you are seeing and its significance. The layout is basically a very large rectangular space with moderately sized aisles that allow families with strollers or individuals with walkers and wheelchairs to easily move around. There was a small child play area, as well. The facility is "staffed" by students who I saw interacting with various visitors in positive ways.

Parking is in short supply near the museum and most other area parking is marked requiring a campus sticker. We ended up parking in a small lot further uphill and walking over to the museum. I'm not sure of ticketing or tow restrictions so I encourage you to park wisely.

The museum and parking were both free.
Written August 1, 2021
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MinotGirl
Minot, ND208 contributions
Mar 2022 • Family
This is an excellent museum. Whether you’re an adult or a child! We spent probably an hour and a half browsing their unique collection of fossils and rocks. The free scavenger hunt available for kids was a hit with our kiddos as well. The free admission was a huge bonus as we were looking for budget-friendly things to do while we were in Rapid City. There is a nice gift shop there and you can leave donations as it all goes towards museum operations. It wasn’t hard to find despite it being on the college campus. I would highly recommend!
Written March 13, 2022
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Brendan S
Arlington, VA1,297 contributions
Jun 2021
The Museum of Geology is worth a visit if you have a spare hour. It's free, small and has several great specimens, including a mosasaur and plesiosaurus. It's an old museum without multimedia features, and the presentation is honestly pretty dry. Unless you are very interested in different rocks, there's not a whole lot here for casual visitors aside from the dinosaur and other fossils. But that's probably to be expected for a geology museum on the campus of a research university.
Written June 3, 2021
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ransom007
Anaheim, CA1,206 contributions
Jan 2021
The museum is located on the campus of South Dakota School of Mining & Technology on the third floor of the O'Harra Building (building 19 on the interactive campus map). There is a free visitor parking area directly in front of the museum. The museum has free admission (there is a donation box if you want to chip in). Taking the recommended clockwise path through the museum, you first go through the paleontology portion. It has many fossils from the small to very large (a full plesiosaur). Then you cross over into the geology side which has many examples of minerals). There is a gift shop in the geology side. COVID-19: Employees were masked and visitors were expected to remain masked and observe social distancing protocols. The clockwise walk through is also to promote social distancing.
Written January 24, 2021
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Dave M
Leesburg, VA20 contributions
Aug 2021
Small but full of high quality fossils and exhibits you would expect to see in a major museum. Seeing that it is tucked into a University I appreciated the extra educational feel it had especially when exhibiting different types of rocks and minerals, their uses and where they are found. Can't beat the price either.
Written August 27, 2021
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ndnyct
Hartford, CT31 contributions
Jul 2021
Loved this museum! While small in size their collection is quite large - fossils and minerals from all over the world. They have a nice section dedicated to South Dakota geology which was interesting. The people working here were friendly and helpful with answering questions and sharing their knowledge. They have a scavenger hunt for kids which was great for our children (ages 11, 9, 6). Nice small gift shop as well.
Highly recommend!
Written August 12, 2021
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Barbara S
5 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
Absolutely spectacular collection of artifacts found in South Dakota. Must see. Student staff of museum and store well spoken, knowledgeable and eager to share their expertise. Throughly enjoyable tourist activity.
Written October 27, 2021
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Mark R
Fort Worth, TX103 contributions
Jun 2021
Everybody seems to have fossils. But, this museum has an amazing collection of rocks of every combination of minerals and crystallizations. Even if you are a geologist, gem collector or rock hound, I suspect you will see items you haven't seen before. Walking through the museum is like walking through the displays of nature's jewelry store.
Written June 12, 2021
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marygrace58
Columbus, OH653 contributions
Jul 2020 • Couples
Recently back open due to Covid, very well managed for cleanliness and safety.
The museum is located on a college campus and we find free parking right in front.
The museum is well planned out in a timely fashion regarding dinosaurs etc.
The rock display is awesome, They even have a children’s section,
Plenty of bathrooms also.
Written July 9, 2020
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