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 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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Black Hills Fun Pass, 1880 Train - Hill City SD

Black Hills Fun Pass

Save 32% on Kids ages 5 – 12 and up to 22% for a family of four on 7 top Black Hills Attractions with the Black Hills Fun Pass. The FUN PASS inc...

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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 Inde...

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High Plains Western Heritage Center - Spearfish SD

High Plains Western Heritage Center

The High Plains Western Heritage Center, located at exit 14 on I-90 near Spearfish, features western art, artifacts and Native American exhibits c...

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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 together four major prehistoric and historic collections to tell...

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Mammoth Site - Hot Springs SD

Mammoth Site

The world's largest mammoth research facility located in Hot Springs, South Dakota is a working paleontological site/museum that contains the larg...

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Prehistoric Indian Village - Michell SD

Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village Museum

Discover how Native Americans lived in south Dakota one thousand years ago! The Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village is the only archaeological si...

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National Museum of Woodcarving - Custer SD

National Museum of Woodcarving

Enjoy- The Wooden Nickel Theater; Over 30 scenes created by an original animator of Disneyland, A Carving Studio; Display of Many Nationally Recogni...

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The National Presidential Wax Museum - Keystone SD

National Presidential Wax Museum

Beneath the watchful gaze of Mount Rushmore in the beautiful Black Hills sits the National Presidential Wax Museum. Visitors gain insight into ou...

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Rushmore Borglum Story - Keystone, SD

Rushmore Borglum Story

Venture into the world of Gutzon Borglum, the sculptor of Mount Rushmore, from the blasting of the stone to the grandeur of the "Seated Lincoln." ...

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Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center - Lead, SD

Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center

We invite you to visit our exhibit hall, where you'll find exciting information about Sanford Underground Research Facility (Sanford Lab), the cit...

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Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame - Sturgis SD

Sturgis Motorcycle Museum/Hall Of Fame

Established in 2001, the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame is home to an ever-growing variety of motorcycles dating back to 1905. On displa...

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Alkalai Ike Tours - Deadwood SD

Alkali Ike Tours

Ride our comfortable air conditioned motor coach through the history of Deadwood's Main Street, the old homes in Deadwood's “Nob Hill” then into...

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