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 through outreach.
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  • 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 »
  • Interesting, fun, educational, free! Easy to locate , spend a couple of hours here with kids or not!  more »
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  • 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.
  • Free museum which includes an impressive collection of rocks, gems and minerals. This is a great place to stop before going to the Black Hills Institute in Hill City (which has a more impressive collection of fossils, dinosaur and other other fossilized bones.) The gift shop is very reasonably priced. Great stop for all ages.
  • This is a wonderful museum. My six year old said it was the best part of her day. The fossils and Dino's we're impressive.
  • Incredible hidden gem! On campus as part of the South Dakota school of mining & technology. Quiet, cool, packed with exhibits and it's free.

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In Rapid City you'll find a variety of hotels and motels, but you can expect their rates to vary considerably depending on the season. Those located downtown provide easy walking access to some of the area's most popular restaurants and bars. Visitors wanting to explore the iconic Mount Rushmore or Custer State Park attractions may prefer the convenience of a hotel along Interstate 90. If you want a scenic escape, look for a bed and breakfast, campsite, or cabin in the surrounding Black Hills National Forest.
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