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“Surprising collection of gems - great place to go if the weather is bad”
Review of Museum of Geology

Museum of Geology
Ranked #8 of 73 things to do in Rapid City
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: We are a natural history museum featuring an excellent displays of South Dakota fossils, minerals from around the world and South Dakota Minerals.
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access
Reviewed January 6, 2013

The Museum of Geology is definitely worth finding, and the free admission makes it even better. Having seen many gem and mineral collections, we were surprised by the quality and beauty of this collection. Visitors of all ages were enjoying the displays, even if they previously weren't interested in gems and minerals. Bottom line: worth a second visit!

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Reviewed November 10, 2012

I recently graduated from SDSM&T and have gone to the museum several times. My nieces and nephews were very interested and best of all it's free. If you're in town go stop in and check it out.

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Reviewed November 5, 2012

This place really is a gem. The displays are well done, the paintings are terrific, and it's easy to wander for an hour or so. There are fossils of dinosaurs as well as some of the ancient local mammals. My favorite is an innocuous-looking lump in one of the cases - a bit of fossilized owl pellet! There's a large collection of rocks and minerals too. I make sure to bring any visiting family here. It's small, but it's fascinating, and it's free!

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Reviewed October 4, 2012

Friendly knowledgable informative staff.

The dinosaur displays included well categorized fossil remains. There were also excellent dioramas. The gems displayed were varied and impressive.

The gift shop items were lovely and very reasonably priced.

The young man working in the gift shop explained many geological facts about the area not just the museum.

We found that stopping here was well worth our time.

1  Thank Anselrte66
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Reviewed September 22, 2012

This museum is great for people who love geology and for the casual rock hound. They have some very cool complete skeletons including a plesiosaur, edmontosaurus and early ancestors of horses and rhinos. The collection of small fossils was interesting and better than others we've seen in the area. Rocks, minerals and fossils were all very nicely displayed.

Our young daughter had a great time looking at the fossils, but got bored with the minerals. If you have kids, stop at the kid zone located behind the welcome desk. They have a touch table where kids (and adults) can touch fossils and drawers with puzzles, coloring sheets and other activities. It was a great place off her to learn and have fun while we took turns seeing the exhibits.

Pair this with Dinosaur Park for a Dino themed start to your day!

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