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Museum of Geology

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Address: 501 East St. Joseph Street, Rapid City, SD 57701
Phone Number: +1 605-394-2467
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09:00 - 16:00
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Mon - Fri 09:00 - 16:00
Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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We are a natural history museum featuring an excellent displays of South...

We are a natural history museum featuring an excellent displays of South Dakota fossils, minerals from around the world and South Dakota Minerals.

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Who doesn't like a good fossil

This museum is a gem. You can see the entire collection in under an hour, but you will learn a great deal in that time. Though small, the fossil castings rival NYC and the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 7 September 2016
Barry L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

This museum is a gem. You can see the entire collection in under an hour, but you will learn a great deal in that time. Though small, the fossil castings rival NYC and the Smithsonian, and the curation is 1st rate.

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Thank Barry L
Akron, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

We visited the Museum of Geology on Labor Day. It is located on the campus of the SD School of Mines. We asked one of the students on campus for directions, easily found and ample parking right in front of the building. The museum is actually housed on the third floor. There are dioramas that pertain to the Badlands, also... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

It is housed in the University. Wow - was I surprised with the amount of fossils they had, never thinking South Dakota in terms of dinosaurs. Every time I looked there was more information and another skeleton, most of which were authentic, not man made to look like them. The next part was the Geology section - an incredible collection... More 

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Thank Sharon S
Punta Gorda, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

2nd time here. So many things to look at. Fossils and rocks and a great collection of them. Students staff and are very friendly and helpful. Gift shop. Cool inside. Great college!

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Thank Rdqueen
South Dakota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

I love the mounted dinos. This review has to 100 characters, silly rule, but rules are rule so here they are..

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Reynoldsburg, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

We were on our way to the Badlands when I picked up a brochure for the Museum of Geology. On a whim, we decided to stop! My son walked climbed the stairs and immediately said, "I'm over my head!" This place was amazing! Great dinosaur displays as well as many rocks and gems to examine. Plus there is a small... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

We were wanting something to do until it was time for our dinner reservation and this place came up. It has many displays of rocks, skeletons, and bones. The young man working was very informative.

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Pierre, South Dakota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

This was my first time at the museum. It was fabulous. We spent 3 hours looking through everything at the museum. They had rocks from all over the world and fossils from just about everywhere. I enjoyed the fossils a lot. They even have a kid friendly area where they can study the rocks and geology. way cool.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016

Housed on the School of Mines campus, the Museum of Geology is truly a hidden gem. The museum has several dinosaur and prehistoric animal skeletons, lots of fossils and beautiful display cases full of minerals and gemstones. They have a dark room with a display of fluorescent glowing minerals. Nice little gift shop as well. Fun place to take kids.... More 

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Smyrna, GA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016

Very nice collection of fossils and rocks. Not too large to be overwhelming, but still requires an hour or two to do it merit. The museum is free but encourages a donation. Staff seemed very friendly and ready to answer questions, etc. If you're in Rapid City and think you might be interested in geology museum (with a good fossil... More 

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