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Adams Museum

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Address: 54 Sherman St, Deadwood, SD 57732-1364
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+1 605-578-1714
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Adams Museum is the Black Hills’ oldest history museum. In 1930...

The Adams Museum is the Black Hills’ oldest history museum. In 1930 pioneer businessman W.E. Adams founded the Adams Museum in downtown Deadwood with the purpose of preserving and displaying the history of the Black Hills.

The Adams Museum is home to some of the Black Hills’ greatest treasures including Potato Creek Johnny’s gold nugget, beloved American illustrator N.C. Wyeth’s pencil sketch drawing of Western legend Wild Bill Hickok, the mysterious Thoen Stone record of the Ezra Kind party’s discovery of gold in the Hills in the 1830s and a one-of-a-kind plesiosaur (marine reptile).

In addition to exhibits on all three levels, the Adams General Store is located on the main floor.

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Small Building - Lots of Good Information Inside

We just arrived in Deadwood. And after checking into our hotel and having a quick bite to eat, this museum was our first stop. The first thing you see when you enter the museum... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 24 October 2016
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Finger Lakes, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

We just arrived in Deadwood. And after checking into our hotel and having a quick bite to eat, this museum was our first stop. The first thing you see when you enter the museum is an old steam engine used to haul ore at a mine from Lead. All throughout the three floors are lots of pictures and materials from... More 

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DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and positive comments about the Adams Museum, Tommy. We appreciate the feedback! More 

Spring, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Great museum with lots of artifacts. There is a lot of interactive reading over 3 floors. They do have an elevator. They ask for a donation instead of admission fee. There is a small general store where we got some candy and a deadwood shot glass.

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DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your excellent review about your visit to the Adams Museum! We appreciate your great comments about the museum, and we hope to see you in Deadwood again. More 

Saint Paul, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

This was very meat its free plus lots to look at and lots of history Very easy to walk to close to main street

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DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your visit to the Adams Museum! We appreciate your feedback. More 

Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

We found this museum to be VERY interesting and great fun! There are many artifacts and it's easy to do a self-guided tour.

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DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your great review! We appreciate your feedback about how interesting and fun the museum was for you, and that it was an easy to do self-guided tour. So pleased you visited the Adams Museum while you were in Deadwood. More 

Prescott Valley, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

Lots of historical information and items. Donations are the entry fee. Staff very friendly and more than happy to explain some of the history about the town and what happened. Not crowded so I was able to take my time and not feel rushed. Very interesting. One thing though is you must be able to manuver a fair distance from... More 

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DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your nice review of the Adams Museum. We are so glad you enjoyed your visit, and thanks for your great comments about our staff! We do have an elevator in the back of the museum to the right of the JB Haggin locomotive on the main level. More 

Cold Lake
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

Very cool place just one block off main street. Entrance Fee is by donation with no set amount. Lots of history to review

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DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your nice review of the Adams Museum. So glad you enjoyed your visit! More 

Orlando, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

This museum is a great way to learn about the history of Deadwood. The museum allows people to look at artifacts and read about the cowboys and outlaws that were present at the time. The museum is in a great location which allows for easy access to shops and restaurants.

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DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams Museum, responded to this review

We truly appreciate your great review of the Adams Museum. Thank you for your great feedback! More 

Spencer, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

My wife and I are empty nesters and travel a little off season to miss the crowds which gives you time and space to look around at things. This has to be one of the finest museums of its type We have been to. Exhibits were well planed and laid out. Very much tied to local Deadwood and area.. loved... More 

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DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your awesome review about your visit to the Adams Museum! It's guests like you that make the museum businesses so very worth while. We hope to see you in Deadwood again. More 

Mesa, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

Small donation suggested for entry fee. HUGE place. Tons of history, facts and stories to read. You will learn a lot even if your there for a half an hour. (Would take you days to read everything in here) Walking distance from almost everywhere in town. A must see if in Deadwood.

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DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your spectacular review of the Adams Museum! We truly appreciate your great comments, as well as your visit to Deadwood. More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

A good museum if you are traveling on a budget. Admission is a requested donation of $5 per person. aA small gift shop also helps support museum which is rich in Deadwood's history from saloons to brothels and gambling . Upper floor has many Native artifacts and pre-Deadwood history, the main floor sports a locomotive, and the basement some information... More 

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Thank you for taking the time to write a review about the Adams Museum. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. More 

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