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Adams Museum

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Address: 54 Sherman St, Deadwood, SD 57732-1364
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+1 605-578-1714
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Adams Museum is the Black Hills’ oldest history museum. In 1930...

The Adams Museum is the Black Hills’ oldest history museum. In 1930 pioneer businessman W.E. Adams founded the Adams Museum in downtown Deadwood with the purpose of preserving and displaying the history of the Black Hills.

The Adams Museum is home to some of the Black Hills’ greatest treasures including Potato Creek Johnny’s gold nugget, beloved American illustrator N.C. Wyeth’s pencil sketch drawing of Western legend Wild Bill Hickok, the mysterious Thoen Stone record of the Ezra Kind party’s discovery of gold in the Hills in the 1830s and a one-of-a-kind plesiosaur (marine reptile).

In addition to exhibits on all three levels, the Adams General Store is located on the main floor.

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Deadwood is so full of history, it's nice to visit here and get a real feel for this area's story

Very good museum housing many of the historic treasures of the Black Hills. There are three floors of exhibits, so there is a lot to see here.

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Sheridan, Wyoming
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Very good museum housing many of the historic treasures of the Black Hills. There are three floors of exhibits, so there is a lot to see here.

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We found this to be a really good display of all Deadwood's history. There are well marked displays, not only of the early white and Chinese settlers, but of the native people as well. A nice look into the past. There is no charge for admission, but donations are accepted.

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DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams Museum, responded to this review

Dear David, Thank you for taking the time to review the Adams Museum. Great to hear you had a good experience at our museum and enjoyed the displays. We hope you will visit Deadwood again! More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you find yourself in Deadwood and are not really into gambling or meandering around the town and you've already checked out the Mount Moriah Cemetery (you DO need to check that out..and walk the whole thing--it's a very interesting piece of history), then stop for awhile at the Adams Museum. It's very informative, provides insights and stories that you... More 

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DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for choosing to visit the Adams Museum. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed the time you spent with us at the museum. It's also great to hear your positive comments about Mount Moriah Cemetery. All of the historic resources in Deadwood offer a plethora of information for our guests. So glad you came to Deadwood. More 

Viborg Usa
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I was pleasantly surprised at how much there was to look at and research in the museum. We have meant to stop in the past but didn't take the time. Sure glad we did this time!

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DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for writing a great review! We are so happy you were able to stop by the Adams Museum during your recent visit to Deadwood. We are pleased you enjoyed the exhibits and collections on display and the resources provided to research additional information. Your visit was greatly appreciated. More 

Syracuse, New York
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had only a short time to visit Deadwood, so we decided we could learn more from a museum than from the gift shops and Casinos. We were not disappointed. Many excellent informative displays. We really learned a lot in our short time there - only about 45 minutes. We could have easily spent another hour there I think. There... More 

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DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of the Adams Museum. We are so pleased you decided to visit the Adams Museum when you only had a short amount of time in Deadwood. Glad you enjoyed the displays and found them informative. We hope you will plan another trip to Deadwood, so you can visit more of Deadwood's historic resources such as... More 

Weatherford, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a fun museum to visit. Most of the exhibits have a numbered guide that explain the pieces. The good part about the museum was, it's small enough that you can visit all the exhibits in a couple of hours. We learned many facts about town that we would have never known had we not went.

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DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your excellent review of the Adams Museum. We enjoy hearing from our visitors. We are pleased you learned more about Deadwood and had a fun time doing so. More 

New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

Admission is by donation and we dropped a $10 in. I never made it upstairs or downstairs because of everything to see on the main floor. There are a few interactive exhibits that are fun. I will be back with my grandson next time!

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DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your wonderful review of the Adams Museum in Deadwood. We look forward to your return visit with your grandson! More 

San Antonio, Tx.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2017

There are quite a few exhibits in this small museum. The admission is FREE and it contains paintings of Custer's last stand, personal mementos of Wild Bill and Calamity Jane. Easily within walking distance of the rest of the historic old town area.

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DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams Museum, responded to this review

We truly appreciate your excellent review on Trip Advisor. Glad you enjoyed the Adams Museum, and we hope to see you again. More 

Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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Reviewed 14 April 2017

Real life in Deadwood is so much more interesting than what the series portrayed. Adams Museum has some wonderful items to enjoy viewing. It is well worth your time to stop and go through this

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DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your superb review of the Adams Museum. We always appreciate hearing great things about our museums, especially comments like yours - that it was well worth your time to go through. We hope to see you in Deadwood again! More 

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Reviewed 31 March 2017 via mobile

Not much to see, not too exciting something to pass a few minutes but overall not missing anything if you skip it.

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DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback about the Adams Museum. We are sorry you were disappointed. The museum is currently undergoing some exhibit changes on the main and lower floors that are going to be very exciting. The building itself is historic and was built as Deadwood's museum in 1930. More 

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