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Adams Museum, Deadwood

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Adams Museum & House, The Historic Adams House was built in 1892 by Deadwood pioneers Harris and Anna Franklin. The elegant Queen Anne-style house heralded a wealthy and socially prominent new age for Deadwood, a former rough and tumble gold mining town. Its the oldest history museum in the Black Hills and ranks #3 among True West magazine's 2009 Top 10 Western Museums. Artifacts and displays from Deadwood's historic past reflect the powerful legends of infamous characters like Wild Bill and Calamity Jane. In 1920 Deadwood businessman and former mayor W.E. Adams brought the house 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).
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  • Great little museum. Full of interesting historical artifacts. And it is free to the public! Parking is available at the information center across the street from the museum.  more »
  • Adams Museum had a lot of Historical History about the Town of Deadwood.Self Guided Tour, very well played out with lots of information in each area of the Museum  more »
  • Adams Museum weaves a great historical story of the town of Deadwood and what the west was like. Many different items display both the history of the town and the technology and every day items that m...  more »
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  • Spent two hours there without even realizing it. I loved the bios on famous people from the area. Some unique pieces. Way more in there than you would think. What I didn't like was trying to find what numbers by the artifacts went with which description.
  • A wonderful small collection of thr early 1900's, worth a visit, very interestingly, extremely nice and knowledgeable staff
  • love the history great place for kids
  • Great pieces from Deadwood's notorious history...also, the largest gold nugget found in the area!
  • It wasn't that great but a history person may enjoy it.
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