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Museum of Geology

501 East Saint Joseph Street, Rapid City, South Dakota 57701 USA

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Opens Fri 9a
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“Explore the natural history of Earth!”

The Museum of Geology at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology explores the natural history of Earth through scientific inquiry, preserves specimens and data as a dedicated repository for scientific research, and promotes understanding of geoscience through outreach. Geology is a fascinating and broad science, which incorporates many other sciences! At the Museum of Geology, you'll find extensive exhibits focusing on Paleontology - the study of ancient life, and Mineralogy - the study of minerals, including gems, crystals, and the rocks they form. Our displays are engaging and accessible to everyone.The Museum is located on the campus of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology on the third floor of the O'Harra Building. The Museum has been collecting and displaying new specimens since 1885.Come and see our fascinating mounted skeletons of dinosaurs, mammals, marine reptiles, and fish! Dozens of rare fossils from the White River Badlands are arranged in time-specific dioramas. Our mineral displays include the Hall of South Dakota Minerals, meteorites, and a fluorescent mineral room that's sure to fascinate. See unique specimens from as far away as Antarctica. The mission of the Museum of Geology is to collect, conserve, curate, interpret, exhibit, and disseminate knowledge of paleontologically and geologically significant objects and serve as the repository for such objects from South Dakota and the Northern Great Plains, as well as from other areas that enhance our understanding of South Dakota paleontology and geology.

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Reviewed by
cevalleygirl

  • 1 Review
  • 2 Helpful
July 22, 2014
Rated 5.0

This place is an absolute gem--outstanding collection! Well worth a visit.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
danireis

  • 11 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
October 29, 2017
Rated 5.0

Small museum, but well worth the visit. So much to learn here, and the staff running the museum are very friendly and informative. Free admission!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
karabarone

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
June 10, 2020

If killing time in the area, stop in. Unfortunately, in our case we went did not find the stop worth the road trip detour. The college student at the front desk was rude and appeared to be unknowledgeable about the items on display.

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Reviewed by
elizleap

  • 7 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
June 27, 2018
Rated 5.0

My grand children loved this museum. It’s one floor of the building and very well done.

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Reviewed by
luciesmommy

  • 16 Reviews
  • 5 Helpful
June 30, 2017
Rated 5.0

My daughter has a wonderful time here. She has a budding interest in geology, and the students who worked in the museum were wonderful to recognize that and increase her enjoyment.

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jenBtrippin

  • 29 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
July 14, 2016

Free admission.

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Museum of Geology

501 East Saint Joseph Street
Rapid City, South Dakota
57701 USA

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Closed Now
  • Mon - Fri: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sat: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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