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“Worth the stop”
Review of Adams Museum

Adams Museum
Ranked #2 of 44 things to do in Deadwood
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Adams Museum is the Black Hills’ oldest history museum. In 1930 pioneer businessman W.E. Adams founded the Adams Museum in downtown Deadwood with the purpose of preserving and displaying the history of the Black Hills. The Adams Museum is home to some of the Black Hills’ greatest treasures including Potato Creek Johnny’s gold nugget, beloved American illustrator N.C. Wyeth’s pencil sketch drawing of Western legend Wild Bill Hickok, the mysterious Thoen Stone record of the Ezra Kind party’s discovery of gold in the Hills in the 1830s and a one-of-a-kind plesiosaur (marine reptile). In addition to exhibits on all three levels, the Adams General Store is located on the main floor.
Reviewed February 5, 2012

The first time we went my son was 4 and he really enjoyed it. The next time that we went he was 6 and he found that he liked it even more. Its a step back in the old west and very interesting and we plan on stopping there again this year. They do a wonderful job.

Thank Jodi56257
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"suggested donation"
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"on display"
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"interesting artifacts"
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"small donation"
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"two headed calf"
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"famous characters"
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"free admission"
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"deadwood's history"
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"local history"
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Reviewed January 11, 2012

No trip to Deadwood is complete without making time for this filled-to-capacity museum. It's chock-full of memorabilia from Deadwood's colorful past, as well as more traditional museum exhibits of curated items/descriptions. There is lots to see and do for kids and adults. Make a reservation for the "Singing Cowboy" if you can, it was a nice introduction to Deadwood and the museum. If you are an HBO Deadwood fan, great selection of t-shirts, etc., in gift shop. Prices were reasonable and it was easy to navigate and enjoy.

Thank Air_willog
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Reviewed November 11, 2011

The greeter was so rude and pushy I would not dream of returning or telling anyone else to go. She would not let us enter the FREE museum without making a donation. We had every intention of leaving one when we left, not as we entered. She insisted we leave one, asked if we needed change, told us 10 times why they need donations. I get it, I'm not an idiot I know how museums stay open. We walked about after at least 5 minutes of her crap. She chased us out of the museum, yelling at us that we didnt HAVE to leave a donation. I cannot believe they have someone like that working there. Very sad, as she is ruining the experience. I did mark that there is a fee below, as she basically insisted there is, although is it supposed to be free.

8  Thank sarah_smiles2003
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Reviewed October 4, 2011

wasn't expecting much from this museum, but we were pleasantly surprised by the amount of information in it. especially liked the table with photo albums of early deadwood.

Thank ustravelersmoker
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Reviewed September 22, 2011

Well they may say that you start your tour at the Adams House whenever you visit Deadwood. However, since this museum is smack-dab in the middle of the town, just drop by and indulge yourself with wild wild west memorabilia and history. The museum has quite a sizeable collection in such a small space it needs more room for a visitor to fully appreciate its contents.

1  Thank ebbtide123
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