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Museum of Geology

501 E Saint Joseph St, Rapid City, SD 57701-3901
+1 605-394-2467
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Interesting, fun, educational, free! Easy to locate , spend a couple of hours here with kids or not!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Hendersonville, Tennessee
Astonishing gem of a museum

We are traveling across the country and had three days in Rapid City South Dakota . We went to... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Kathleen K
Milford, United States
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We are a natural history museum featuring an excellent displays of South Dakota fossils, minerals from around the world and South Dakota Minerals.
  • Excellent68%
  • Very good26%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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Hours Today: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
501 E Saint Joseph St, Rapid City, SD 57701-3901
+1 605-394-2467
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Interesting, fun, educational, free! Easy to locate , spend a couple of hours here with kids or not!

Thank ontherd2017
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We are traveling across the country and had three days in Rapid City South Dakota . We went to Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse Memorial. Both must see’s . We had a free morning to explore and Trip Advisor recommended the Museum Of Geology ....More

Thank Kathleen K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Although not easy to find (3rd floor of a building at the college), it is a good museum with plenty of reproductions of ancient animals such as a mosasaur and plesiosaur. There were also excellent specimens of rocks and crystals. The fossils and models reminded...More

Thank Deborah T
Reviewed 12 October 2017

Lots of mineral specimens and fossils. At the SD School of Mines in downtown Rapid City, they have great sources for excellent specimens. Gift shop has nice rocks for sale. Learn the difference between "fossilized" and "petrified". Be amazed by the fluorescent mineral display. There...More

Thank TravelFan34602
Reviewed 26 September 2017

We had some time to waste so we wandered into the Museum of Geology. It was a nice (though very small) museum with some interesting stuff. It takes up one floor of the building, so you don't need more than about an hour to wander...More

Thank HowdyColo
Reviewed 20 September 2017

We took our 4 kids to visit here. One of them wants to be a paleontologist and one loves rocks. The one that wants to be a paleontologist was in absolute heaven here. I think she could've spent the whole day here and been completely...More

Thank ArmyWife_2006
Reviewed 18 September 2017

We decided to stop by this museum which was a nice surprise. Staff is so friendly and helpful. It is not very large so you could go through it in 30-60 minutes. Free parking, free admission, nice displays and gift shop.

Thank SLNColumbia_Maryland
Reviewed 16 September 2017

Unable to review since they were closed on a Monday to all visitors. We traveled from Florida and they are only open M - F so here's our final opportunity to see their Museum but they were closed. WIfe and I were not happy and...More

Thank Robin L
Reviewed 16 September 2017

Looking for something to do on a rainy day? Or any day. Spend 2 hours here. The most impressive thing is that most of the fossils are from the area. Nice mineral display?

Thank Len F
Reviewed 9 September 2017

Small but interesting museum with great geology and fossil exhibits. Exhibits are a bit old but very informative. You probably won't find a better collection of rocks, gems and minerals. It's off the beaten path at SD School of Mines & Technology. The building itself...More

Thank Stephen S
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Michelle M
26 May 2017|
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Response from DanielleSerratos | Property representative |
The Museum is always free and open to the public during our business hours, Mon-Sat 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM during the summer. Our address is 501 East Saint Joseph Street and we are located on the third floor of the O'Harra... More