History & Museums

Discover the history of the Black Hills by touring one of the many museums that feature everything from B-1 Bombers and American frontier artifacts to dinosaur bones and rare rocks. Nearly every community in the Black Hills proudly boasts a museum or visitors center and the collections are as varied as the Black Hills landscape itself.

Celebrate the heritage of South Dakota’s rich Native American, Old West and mining history at the High Plains Western Heritage Center in Spearfish, the Adams Museum and Days of 76 Museum in Deadwood, the Tri-state Museum in Belle Fourche and the Black Hills Mining Museum in Lead. Geology, paleontology and archeology take center stage the Hot Springs Mammoth Site and at the Museum at Black Hills Institute in Hill City. Visit the Presidential Wax Museum, Independence Hall and the South Dakota Air & Space Museum to learn about early American and presidential history.

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Dakota Discovery Museum - Mitchell SD

Dakota Discovery Museum

Dakota Discovery Museum. Learning fun for the whole family! Free Activity Books for the children. Children of all ages can experience life on the...

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High Plains Western Heritage Center - Spearfish SD

High Plains Western Heritage Center

November 1,2020 through March 31,2021 Tours by Appointment Only. Please call 605-642-9378 or email info@westernheritagecenter.com to schedule a to...

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The National Presidential Wax Museum - Keystone SD

National Presidential Wax Museum

FALL BOGOS: Book now for travel on or after September 8 Beneath the watchful gaze of Mount Rushmore in the beautiful Black Hills is the National Pr...

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Sanford Lab - Lead SD

Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center and Tour

FREE tour of SANFORD VISITOR CENTER includes a general overview of our exhibit space. We'll tell the story of Lead, from the history with Homestak...

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The Journey Museum and Learning Center - Rapid City SD

Journey Museum and Learning Center

Your Black Hills Journey starts here. The Journey Museum & Learning Center brings the history of the Black Hills to light and explains the co...

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Prairie Homestead Sod House - Philip SD

Prairie Homestead

Journey into the visual memories of what life was like during the homestead days at the Prairie Homestead. Experience the original "green" h...

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Black Hills Mining Museum - Lead SD

Black Hills Mining Museum

Welcome to the Black Hills Mining Museum, located in the mile-high city of Lead. Our non-profit educational corporation is dedicated to the preservati...

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Deadwood History and Information Center - Deadwood SD

Deadwood History and Information Center

Make this authentic Railroad Station your first stop in Deadwood for Wild Bill Coupons, purchase trolley tokens, get maps of the area, view multim...

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Founding Fathers Black Hills Independence Hall - Rapid City SD

Founding Fathers Black Hills:Independence Hall

See and hear the 20 minute narrative story of how the United States of America began at the Founding Fathers Black Hills sculpture exhibit at Independ...

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Museum at Black Hills Institute - Hill City SD

Museum at Black Hills Institute

The Museum at Black Hills Institute is a modest but incredible natural history museum. Natural history enthusiasts can rest assured; you will find som...

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