Museum of Geology, Rapid City

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The Museum of Geology at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology explores the natural history of Earth through scientific inquiry, preserves specimens and data as a dedicated repository for scientific research, and promotes understanding of geoscience and evolution through outreach.
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  • It was a fun free activity with fossils, gens, stones, etc. My kids really enjoyed it, had a small, not overly expensive gift shop. It is sponsored by the university, so not crowed. Nice way to spend ...  more »
  • My date has been interested in fossils and all kinds of geologic topics since childhood when he used to dig fossils in the Mazon Creek fossil bed. This is an impressive and large collection and the mu...  more »
  • Great museum our 2 kids had fun. Easy to find. Educational. Would definitely do it again. Worth visiting when in SD.  more »
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  • Great learning experience for the whole family. Awesome (free admission) for approx 1 hour 1.5 to learn about fossils and rock/minerals. Even has a little area for kids and touch table. It was nice to see the gift shop have a lower priced options. All the staff were very nice and helpful. 👍🙂
  • What a great find! We went here on our Spring Break trip to SD. The students working there are amazing with kids and are really informative for adults. My 6 year old asked all sorts of questions, and they were able to explain things at a level she could understand but didn’t make it too simple. She is still talking about all the minerals she learned about. This was her favorite part of the trip!! And it’s completely free (although I HIGHLY suggest leaving a donation). If you’re in the Rapid City area, stop by the Museum of Geology. You won’t regret it!
  • I surprised the wife by taking her here. She is a nursing student and was very interested in the museum. We had fun taking pictures and showing them to her brother who is planning a trip out here sometime now.
  • This museum is the best out of all of the ones I've been to. I know why it's so highly rated because everything (rocks, gems, minerals, dinosaurs, plants, animals, etc.) is cool in all levels. The gift shop has interesting stuff to buy, too. I especially love that admission is free! This means even the poor residents and visitors of Rapid City with a car can see all the wonderful attractions in this museum. Everyone who visits Rapid City should not forget to visit it for hours of entertainment! I highly recommend this place!
  • Great little “short stop” to make while visiting. Interesting and educational. Loved the kids area.
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