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Address: 1800 U.S. 18 Bypass, Hot Springs, SD 57747
Phone Number: 16057456017
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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America's International Treasure. This National Natural Landmark is an...

America's International Treasure. This National Natural Landmark is an internationally renowned indoor working paleontological site/museum. More than 62 Columbian & woolly mammoths have been unearthed, as well as over 85 other species of associated Ice Age fauna. Hands-on activities for children, an educational experience for the entire family. One of the top fossil interpretive sites in North America. Open year-round. Located in the Black Hills of South Dakota. New Learning Center opened May 2015, two new 53-seat theaters, universally accessible walkways, new HD Introductory video, New Digital TourGuide system.

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Incredible Paleontological Site

This was a really interesting place to visit. We went with our 14 year old daughter and did the guided tour which was very informative and fascinating! It's really remarkable the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Michelle S
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Hudson, Wisconsin
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Hudson, Wisconsin
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51 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This was a really interesting place to visit. We went with our 14 year old daughter and did the guided tour which was very informative and fascinating! It's really remarkable the amount of mammoths and other species that have been uncovered here!

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Chicago, Illinois
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16 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We learned a lot about the mammoth site and found the whole exhibit and active dig very interesting. We were there on a Sunday it was very quiet, no paleontologists working in the laboratory. The museum part was also very informative with really terrific specimens.

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mammothtoo, Public Relations Manager at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, responded to this review

Greetings Juli B, Thank you for sharing you personal experience at The Mammoth Site. We are glad you enjoyed your visit and found the Site to be "interesting". We hope you will visit us again in the future. More 

Ellesmere, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We found this place on the road from Cheyenne to Rapid City and it is truly amazing. Over 160 Mammoths in various stages of intactness have been found in this sinkhole, having fallen in then been preserved by the alkaline water. I have never been to anywhere with such well preserved exhibits and it's a gem to visit. There is... More 

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mammothtoo, Public Relations Manager at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, responded to this review

Dear David M, Thank you for the review of The Mammoth Site. We appreciate hearing feedback from our visitors. We are glad you enjoyed your experience at the Site and for recommending us to others. We hope you will visit us again someday. More 

Bethesda, Maryland
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39 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Perhaps it was because we visited on the last day of a long vacation, but this site didn't leave a big impression either way. The site itself was very cool, of course. But it was a quick film and tour. Unless you are a massive fossil lover or can take part in one of the hands on programs, I'm not... More 

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mammothtoo, Public Relations Manager at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, responded to this review

Greetings Weband, We are sorry to hear that The Mammoth Site didn't exceed your expectations. We are glad you took the time from your long vacation to make The Mammoth Site one of your stops. We appreciate the feedback we receive from our visitors and we hope you will come back again someday and maybe try one of our hands... More 

Seacoast NH
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166 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This was a long way from where we stayed (Deadwood) but worth the trip. My kids loved seeing the bones and learning what happened to the mammoths. Guided tour with personal headset is a great idea so everyone can hear the narrative. Nice grounds where quite a few families were having a picnic. We spent a couple hours here. Definitely... More 

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mammothtoo, Public Relations Manager at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, responded to this review

Dear seacoastNH, We are glad you took the time to visit The Mammoth Site and found our site to be "worth the trip". The wireless tour guide system allows our visitors to move more during the tour and allows our visitors to hear our guides more clearly. We are glad to hear that you liked using the headsets. Thank you... More 

Loveland, Colorado
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218 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My parents brought me to see this as a kid and it's amazing to come back 20 years later and see that they're still working on digging up new discoveries. The tour is great (and very much science based)! I'm considering figuring out how to take a couple weeks off in the next few years and applying to volunteer at... More 

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mammothtoo, Public Relations Manager at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, responded to this review

Greetings Leah A, Thank you for reviewing The Mammoth Site. We are glad you came to visit us and see all the changes and discoveries that have been made. If you are interested in becoming a participant in The Mammoth Site Excavation and Preservation Program, feel free to visit our website that has more information about this program or call... More 

Omaha, United States
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17 reviews
12 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This would be a GREAT place to take kids. It's impressive to see an actually paleontological dig site. The tour guide was awesome and knew a lot of information. It's impressive to hear the story behind the site!

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mammothtoo, Public Relations Manager at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, responded to this review

Dear Sara L, Thank you for the review of The Mammoth Site. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your visit and was pleased with your tour guide. The Mammoth Site is truly unique that visitors are allowed to view a working paleontological dig site and museum. We hope you will be able to visit us again someday. More 

Moss Beach, California
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61 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This was an amazing site. Paleontological dig that has been excavated for many years and they are still going. The tour was good, but may have been even better with a different guide. You can take your time after tour to take more pictures and read the many informative plaques.

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mammothtoo, Public Relations Manager at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, responded to this review

Greetings S W, Thank you for taking the time to review The Mammoth Site. We are glad to hear that we "exceeded your expectations" and hope that you will visit us again someday. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The site is fantastic. The kid's dig was greatly enjoyed by our 10 year old daughter. Good Family fun!

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mammothtoo, Public Relations Manager at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, responded to this review

Dear Rob B, Thank you for sharing your experience at The Mammoth Site. The Mammoth Site is a family friendly museum and we are glad that your 10 year old daughter enjoyed her visit. We hope that you will visit us again someday. More 

Mankato, Minnesota
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116 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

One of the highlights of our family trip. It's an awe inspiring look into the past. If you are in the Custer area it is well worth the short drive.

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mammothtoo, Public Relations Manager at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, responded to this review

Greetings Orangedog42, Thank you for reviewing The Mammoth Site. The Mammoth Site is unique because it is a working paleontological dig site and a museum. We are not to far from Custer and we are glad you made the short trip to Hot Springs. We hope to see you again someday! More 

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