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“Hidden treasure”
Review of Days of '76 Museum

Days of '76 Museum
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Deadwood and Sturgis Nightlife Tour
Ranked #10 of 39 things to do in Deadwood
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Live re-creations of the town's rich history started in 1924 through the Days of '76 celebration and award-winning rodeo. The celebration began as a way to honor Deadwood's pioneers - the prospectors, miners, muleskinners and madams who poured into the Black Hills in 1876 to settle the gold-filled gulches of Dakota Territory. Deadwood's newest museum documents the celebration and rodeo. The Days of '76 Museum features exceptional displays of carriages, firearms, American Indian artifacts and illustrates Deadwood's enduring friendship with Buffalo Bill Cody. The Days of '76 Museum is wheelchair accessible. The Mercantile gift shop is located on the first floor.
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Level 5 Contributor
62 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Hidden treasure”
Reviewed August 26, 2013

We were in Deadwood for Kool Nites and went to the area where they were judging all the cars - and happened to find the museum. It was great - wonderful information and videos on the history of '76 days along with numerous other exhibits and information. We spent almost 2 hours there just watching the videos and exploring the past of Deadwood. Well worth the visit.

Visited August 2013
1 Thank Shar0nT
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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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106 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Great Museum with history of the area”
Reviewed August 26, 2013

We've been to Deadwood numerous times, but never realized the museum was even there. This year we stumbled on it while at the KOOL nites event. History of the local characters of the era as well as numerous buggies, stage coaches and wagons of the period. There is quite a bit of the local flavor of the Days of 76 events, but that is what the museum is named. There is still a lot of local history at the museum, if a visitor takes the time time to read the displays.

Visited August 2013
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Rapid City, South Dakota
Level 5 Contributor
63 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Terrific museum”
Reviewed August 25, 2013

Next to Days of 76 rodeo grounds. Has many actual wagons and carriages. They have the Deadwood to Spearfish stagecoach and they use all of these during several parades throughout the year.

Visited August 2013
Thank Rex G
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Sioux Falls, sD
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Old Deadwood comes to life”
Reviewed August 15, 2013

If you're visiting Deadwood and dig experiencing some of the history of this wild west town, you should check out the Day of '76 Museum. It's full of interesting Native American, cowboy, rodeo, horse drawn wagon, and many more exhibits. It's worth the stop!

Visited June 2013
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Rapid City, South Dakota
Level 6 Contributor
232 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“Not What We Expected”
Reviewed July 8, 2013

We went here expecting a museum depicting the history of Deadwood; instead it's a collection of the annual Deadwood Days of 76 celebration. Locals may appreciate the collection, but for a visitor, it's not very interesting. Nice building, boring museum.

Visited July 2013
2 Thank Meanderman01
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MaryAustin613, Manager at Days of '76 Museum, responded to this review, August 13, 2013
I am very sorry your visit to our newest museum failed to live up to your expectations.

Deadwood History oversees the operation of four unique and distinct properties:
The Adams Museum is the Black Hills’ oldest history museum and is where you can get a comprehensive overview of Deadwood's rich history.

The new Days of ’76 Museum showcases the community’s time-honored celebration and rodeo. The museum also features a spectacular Native American exhibit and one of the region's largest collections of horse-drawn vehicles.

The Historic Adams House is the elegant Victorian-era home where two of Deadwood’s founding families lived. Our tour guides give in-depth tours of the home.

The Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center is the repository of the finest collection of Black Hills historical documents and serves as an archives.

The next time you visit Deadwood, please let us know so we can send information about all of our properties so you can better determine what is of most interest to you.

Best regards,

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