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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  • August 9, 2017
    On the campus if the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology this museum is small and free. Dinosaurs, fossil mammals, rocks and minerals. This is a great stop to learn about Black Hill and Badlan...  more »
  • August 2, 2017
    Pretty cool. Some of the fossils are replicas, which is a bummer. Very small so it doesn't take long to go through. But it's free!  more »
  • July 30, 2017
    We stopped for a brief visit during a GeoFunTrek Tour, but loved the Museum of Geology so much we returned the next day. The visit was filled with non-stop, "Look at this!" comments from the 10 and 11...  more »
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  • June 17, 2017
    Great little museum! Many interesting geological and fossil specimens. The employees were very nice and helpful, and gave each of my children a free rock. Free admission.
  • May 9, 2017
    Small and sometimes hard to find (it's in a building on a college campus). But well worth the visit. Well done exhibits with impressive specimens and knowledgeable (typically student) staff. Being free makes it especially good if you have a mixed group and want to kill some time in Rapid City.
  • July 11, 2017
    Well organized mineral and paleontology collections of high quality specimens. Enough dinosaurs and a kid's corner to hold their interest. Staffed by students who know their stuff.
  • January 9, 2017
    We visited here with three young children! The museum is free! They loved it! Outside there is a dinosaur sculpture for the kids to play on. Inside the small museum there are fossils, minerals, rocks, and lots of help to explain it all to museum attendees. The kids especially enjoy the fluorescent mineral room. We had a graduate student explain the displays to the children. The kids are interested in why there are various rocks in the cracks of other rocks, so the graduate student explained how lava will cause a deposit of one type of rock in another. There are fossils and minerals for children to handle and learn more about our Earth! Come visit, pair it with Dinosaur Park, fun and free! Yeah!
  • December 30, 2016
    Wow this place is great they offer so much to see and way more than you could learn in a day. One side is dedicated to fossils and the other to minerals.

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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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