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Address: 1800 U.S. 18 Bypass, Hot Springs, SD 57747
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+1 605-745-6017
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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America's International Treasure. This National Natural Landmark is an...

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.

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Good little stop

I visited after Custer State Park, and was a nice stop to go and look at the Mammoth fossils after driving most of the morning. The exhibit is inside and takes up an hour, it... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
jacob_riedle
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Vandalia, Illinois
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Vandalia, Illinois
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21 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited after Custer State Park, and was a nice stop to go and look at the Mammoth fossils after driving most of the morning. The exhibit is inside and takes up an hour, it provides interesting information about Mammoths, and other animals that lived during that time. The fossils are really neat to look at. I would recommend it... More 

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mammothtoo, Public Relations Manager at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, responded to this review

Dear jacob_riedle, Thank you for taking the time to review The Mammoth Site. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit and we appreciate the feedback you have provided about your experience. The Mammoth Site boasts the largest concentration of mammoths in the world. The Site is an indoor working paleontological dig site and museum. The Mammoth Site... More 

Bakersfield, California
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60 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Working excavation...so that's pretty cool. It's inside so no dealing with the weather. Of course my wife didn't care as its a bunch of old bones to her. The teens liked it plenty. Ten bucks a head seems reasonable and you can kill an hour easily.

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mammothtoo, Public Relations Manager at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, responded to this review

Greetings, We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit and we are sorry to hear that your "wife didn't enjoy it as much". We appreciate you taking the time to provide feedback about your experience at The Mammoth Site. The Site is truly unique that it is an indoor working paleontological dig site and museum. The Mammoth Site... More 

Omaha
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68 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I decided to visit the Mammoth site because I met a couple from Britain and this was on their bucket list of things to see in America. You start your experience by watching a short film. Then you are taken on a guided tour in the area that has been built around the actual site in which they are digging... More 

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mammothtoo, Public Relations Manager at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, responded to this review

Dear lauren_bergen, Thank you for taking the time to review The Mammoth Site. We appreciate the feedback we receive from our visitors. We hope you will be able to visit us again someday! More 

Erie, Colorado
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great facility, all indoors if weather is bad. Interesting video, tour and exhibit. Good for all ages, and who knew, wooly mammouths like hot springs too!

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mammothtoo, Public Relations Manager at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, responded to this review

Dear grapevynwest, We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit to The Mammoth Site. We appreciate you taking the time to write a review about your experience. The Mammoth Site is truly unique that is in active indoor working paleontological dig site and museum. We hope that you will be able to visit us again in the future! More 

Canmore
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36 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

In this area full of corporate tourist attractions, this mammoth site was a pleasant surprise. The admission fee was very reasonable. You get a guided tour which includes a very good 10 minute movie on the history of the site and a 20 minute tour of the actual fossil site. Short enough not to get bored; my kids loved it... More 

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mammothtoo, Public Relations Manager at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, responded to this review

Dear mrpetsaver, Thank you for taking the time to review The Mammoth Site. We are glad to hear that you found the Site to be "unique and affordable". We are also glad that your children enjoyed it as well. We appreciate you providing feedback about your visit and we hope you will come back to see us again someday! More 

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18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Wasn't quite sure what to expect here, but my wife and I were definitely pleasantly surprised with how neat the mammoth site was. From the introductory movie to the guided tour to the many exhibits to the laboratory viewing area, it was all spectacular. A must see for all ages. They are even working on an interactive app that will... More 

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mammothtoo, Public Relations Manager at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, responded to this review

Dear Mike M, We appreciate you taking the time to review The Mammoth Site. We are glad to hear that you were "pleasantly surprised" and found everything to be "spectacular". We appreciate the feedback our visitors provide about their experience at the Site. We hope you will visit us again someday! More 

Chattanooga, Tennessee
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242 reviews
68 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2017 via mobile

We had the guided tour, though you can do a self-guided tour if you choose. The guide, though, can point out all the numbered flags and explain what each part of the exhibit is. It's very educational: the guide explains the difference between wooly mammoths and Columbian mammoths, including how to differentiate their fossils. At the end of the tour... More 

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mammothtoo, Public Relations Manager at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, responded to this review

Greetings elizarenn, Thank you for taking the time to review The Mammoth Site. We appreciate the feedback our visitors provide about their experience. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your guided tour and found the museum to be "very educational". We hope you will visit us again someday! More 

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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145 reviews
115 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

It is a real mammoth site not artificial, and there is a very nice lady that did the tour with wonderful information, you can see as well some staff working on the bones. the little museum is nice as well.

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mammothtoo, Public Relations Manager at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, responded to this review

Dear FreeAdventurer, Thank you for reviewing The Mammoth Site. We appreciate the feedback our visitors provide about their experience at the Site. We are glad you enjoyed your tour and the rest of the museum. We hope you will visit us again someday! More 

Berkley
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51 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017

Great place for the science buff and non-science buff alike! The building is built over the site so everything you see inside is 100% real and in the earth! You can walk all around on the walk ways looking over the site and see actual bones and see where the team works. There is a small museum area which is... More 

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mammothtoo, Public Relations Manager at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, responded to this review

Greetings chachamatina, Thank you for taking the time to review The Mammoth Site. We appreciate the feedback from our visitors. We are glad you enjoyed your visit and found the Site to be a "Fantastic Learning Experience". We hope you will come back to visit us again someday! More 

Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
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97 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2017

In 1974 at the southwestern edge of Hot Springs, South Dakota, mammoth bones were surprisingly uncovered while bulldozing a site for construction. Excavation began immediately, and a protective building was soon erected when it became apparent that this was a massive and spectacular deposit of fossil bones, not only from mammoths, but from other fauna dating back 26,000 years. Today,... More 

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mammothtoo, Public Relations Manager at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, responded to this review

Greetings ColoradoJAK, Thank you for taking the time to write such a descriptive review of The Mammoth Site. We appreciate your feedback that you have provided about your experience and "highly recommending" The Mammoth Site to others. We are glad you enjoyed your visit and we hope that you will be able to visit us again in the future. More 

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