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“well worth your time!!”

Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Ranked #1 of 19 things to do in Hot Springs
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed October 27, 2013

stopped while on a trip through the black hills, with 5 children ( 1 toddler, 2 young boys, and 2 teen girls) and everyone had a great time!! Especially my boys, who are huge dino fans. As many tourist stops as there are out there, make sure you dont miss this one. The pit is in an enclosed building, with a nice indoor trail. i believe its all handicap accessible, the gift shop contains a lot, and the activities for kids are pretty cool too. will defiantly be coming back for this one!

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mammothtoo, General Manager at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, responded to this reviewResponded March 28, 2014

Thanks for visiting and writing a review. We appreciate that you and your family had a great experience. We aren't your run-of-the mill tourist stop, and create educational experiences for visitors of all ages. We will be celebrating our 40th Anniversary of Discovery this summer and will have some new exhibits.

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Reviewed October 22, 2013

After a short film, a woman gave us a guided tour of the site, which was a prehistoric sink hole. Apparently, animals that fell into the hole, which was filled with water at the time, couldn't get back out but perished there. As a result, there are many well-preserved bones and entire skeletons at the site, some of which have been recovered. Others are visible on the surface of the dig, which is an ongoing project. In addition to the wooly mammoths, there are many other animals, including a short-faced bear, which must have been a terror. Great museum of the prehistoric past!

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mammothtoo, General Manager at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, responded to this reviewResponded March 28, 2014

Thanks for your review and visiting us. We are glad you were able to take time to visit us and write your review. We Have been recognized for providing an excellent interpretive and educational experience for our visitors, and are glad you have confirmed that!

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Reviewed October 22, 2013

The entire building was built over the current excavation site, so you don't have to worry about the heat or cold outdoors. A small price gets you a guided tour (with plenty of time to ask questions) and then plenty of time to browse on your own. Lots of mammoth, bear, and other skeletons visible in the ground and on display. There is also a short video and a museum. Kids will love this place, and you'll be surprised at how much you will learn. Lots of free parking. $14.75 for two seniors.

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mammothtoo, General Manager at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, responded to this reviewResponded March 28, 2014

Thanks for taking time to visit and experience what we have uncovered and offer. Yes, no charge for parking!! We will be celebrating our 40th Anniversary of Discovery June 27-29 and will have new exhibits.

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Reviewed October 14, 2013

I've been here a few times over the years and every time its better and better with all the changes and new finds. My kids loved every second of it - what a great learning experience!

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mammothtoo, General Manager at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, responded to this reviewResponded March 28, 2014

Thanks for your continued visitation and for writing your review. We do keep changing and that is part of our continuing research efforts. We will be celebrating our 40th Anniversary of Discovery this summer and will have some more new exhibits highlighting our 40 years and new foreign research.

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Reviewed October 11, 2013

This fantastic museum shows mammoth skeletons in situ. Some 61 so far have been found and according to drill holes there are many more to carefully uncover. The museum has a wealth of information and is definitely worth a trip to this area just to visit the Museum.

Thank Mary J
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mammothtoo, General Manager at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, responded to this reviewResponded March 28, 2014

Thanks for visiting us and writing your review. We do keep changing and provide up to date information on our research on-site and other new discoveries being made in Siberia, which we are involved in. We are proud of what we have accomplished the last 40 years and are planning on improving every year.

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