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Museum of Geology

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Address: 501 E Saint Joseph St, Rapid City, SD 57701-3901
Phone Number:
+1 605-394-2467
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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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Fantastic for family

Myself (30's), grandma (50's), and my son (11) just visited and loved it. The staff was friendly, helpful, & knowledgeable. They even asked his favorite dinosaur so, that they can... read more

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Myself (30's), grandma (50's), and my son (11) just visited and loved it. The staff was friendly, helpful, & knowledgeable. They even asked his favorite dinosaur so, that they can get one for display :) We all enjoyed ourselves learning more about fossilization, paleontology, and geology. My son fell in love with this museum & we snagged some very reasonably... More 

Thank SarahFC84
Long Beach
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you find that you have a free hour, this is a great place to spend it. Much bigger than expected. Great for adults and kids. Staff was helpful and friendly.

Thank S B
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our 9 year old daughter loves this museum!! As did we!!! Lots to c!! Most complete T. rex skeleton ever found!! The luminous rocks in the black light room were so cool too!! They even have a fossilized stomach of a ? can't recall) that's shows 4 -shark, triceratops , fish, bird and platecarpus, that were fossilized with in. Never... More 

Thank Mtntopmama
Pocatello, Idaho
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3 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum had many things there that we did not expect to see! Dinosaur fossils and rocks and actually really cool stuff. We got there with only a few minutes before they closed and thought that will be enough time, kids would get bored with more than that but we could have stayed for a couple hours. Great place.

Thank cranalan3057
La Verne, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
Reviewed January 6, 2017

Located on South Dakota School of Mines & Technology campus at the Museum of Geology in the O’Harra Building, 3rd floor on University Loop and right on Technology Court. It has paleontology exhibits (mounted skeletons of dinosaurs) and mineral exhibits that are unique to the area. My husband and I spent an hour or so browsing around. Oh, and look... More 

Thank Pandamonium1362
Dallas, Texas
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Reviewed November 5, 2016

As we had planned on visiting this attraction while we were in town it made for a perfect rainy day activity. We had planned to be there for a couple of hours, we lost track of time. We had to take a break for lunch and went back in after we'd eaten some sandwiches out of our car. The attendant... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Reviewed November 2, 2016

With so much natural splendor surrounding Rapid City, a gem (pun intended) such as this little museum nestled in the mines university is likely often overlooked, but is absolutely worth a stop. The free museum has an excellent collection from the badlands as well as great representative fossils from throughout the region. Highly recommended.

Thank Eric L
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Reviewed October 26, 2016

We stopped for a walk around a very interesting and surprisngly quaint downtown with its presidential statues.With increasing revelations about the influence of mining in the Black Hills, we happened on the Museum of Geology at the University. Nice combination of metals, gems and fossils.

Thank Larry G
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Reviewed October 18, 2016

It´s really small museum. If you like dinosaurs, rocks, and "geology stuff" it´s a nice place to see. I recommend it if you have a time in Rapid City. It´s not number 1 attraction but I had a lot of free time so I liked it.

Thank Ivana C
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Reviewed October 17, 2016

I have been coming to the Museum of geology since my children were little and now I am bringing my grandchildren. There is no admission and it is the best geological museum in United States. Really good learning experience for children and adults!

Thank Patricia H

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