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Adams Museum, Deadwood

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Adams Museum & House, was built in Deadwood, South Dakota, United States, in 1930 by Deadwood businessman and former mayor W.E. Adams as a tribute to the Black Hills pioneers and in remembrance of his deceased first wife and two daughters. The museum was a gift to the city of Deadwood and it remains city property to this day. It is located at 54 Sherman Street.Deadwood's Adams Museum is considered the Black Hills' oldest history museum. Artifacts on display from Deadwood's past reflect the legends of Wild Bill, Calamity Jane, and Deadwood Dick. The museum is open year-round and features changing exhibits and special programs. The Adam's Bros. Bookstore is located on the first floor. All floors are wheelchair accessible. Adams Museum houses JB Haggin train, Thoen Stone, Potato Creek Johnny's gold nugget.The museum was ranked number 3 among True West Magazine's 2009 Top 10 Western Museums. The Adams Museum and House won the Organizational Award of 2001. The same year it also won the Governor's Award for History display at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre, South Dakota. In 2005, it won the American Association for State and Local History(AASLH).Historic Adams HouseHistoric Adams House is completely furnished with original Adams Family furniture and restored interiors. The Adams House was built in 1892 by Deadwood pioneers Harris and Anna Franklin. The house is located at 22 Van Buren Avenue in Deadwood.
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  • This place has tons of history on Deadwoods history, lots of things to look at. This is a must see for Deadwood Tourist. It is self guided and there are people available for questions 
  • Museum on three floors where we discover the life of the region. There are a few curiosities: taxidermy (but), huge Gold Nugget discovered by "Potato Creek", history of Wild Bill Hickok (emblematic figure of the West, born and killed in Deadwood), Calamity Jane (both buried at the cemetery of Deadwood) etc. The Museum is designed very well and remains a place of passage advised when you're in the area.
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  • My wife and I love history museums. In fact, the previous day we visited the Journey Museum in downtown Rapid City. To much extent, the previous museum, which had a section devoted to the rough & tumb...  more »
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  • A lot of very cool historical artifacts. Worth a view!
  • Another great vacation stop! I had a great time and learned a lot of new things!
  • My family of 6 enjoyed out visit to Adams Museum. TONS of things to see, read and explore. We really enjoyed the hand's on school room - it kept all 6 of us entertained for a while! Definitely recommend a stop for any Deadwood visitors.
  • Lots of very cool artifacts
  • Definitely worth a stop if you're in town. Admission is pay-what-you-will