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The Museum @ Black Hills Institute

117 Main St, Hill City, SD 57745-5106
+1 605-574-3919
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The gift shop has a large selection of rock goods at a reasonable cost The museum is pretty cool... read more

Reviewed 16 March 2017
West Milwaukee, Wisconsin

I loved this place. I was on a bus tour when we visited this museum. I know you and your children... read more

Reviewed 20 October 2016
West Columbia, South Carolina
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117 Main St, Hill City, SD 57745-5106
+1 605-574-3919
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Reviewed 16 March 2017

The gift shop has a large selection of rock goods at a reasonable cost The museum is pretty cool but not really worth the price of admission

1  Thank unionmaid52
Reviewed 20 October 2016

I loved this place. I was on a bus tour when we visited this museum. I know you and your children would love to stop by! Please go, you will love it!

2  Thank thegrayhair
Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

Wow! Quite a find. There are many specimens for viewing. The Black Hills Institute were the discovered of Sue, the magnificent T-Rex. Don't miss it if you are in the area and have any interest in paleontology.

2  Thank DMK62563
Reviewed 28 September 2016

I really enjoyed our visit. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable and the exhibits were small but world class if you love dinosaurs. We stayed much longer than planned and it was great to see Stan (T-Rex) and friends. Would definitely recommend if you are...More

2  Thank Leonor M
Reviewed 19 September 2016

This is a good museum for children and adults. Several Dinosaurs and rocks to gander at. The admission is good for all year. They also have a gift shop.

2  Thank Larry W
Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

This museum is loaded with real dinosaurs And I mean LOADED! better by far than the School of mines in Rapid City Real bones not plaster or castings All kinds of other fossils minerals and meteorites too!!!

4  Thank Ronald R
Reviewed 12 September 2016

Easy to get to in the downtown area. Just walk up down town and walk in for a amazing collection. From full size fossil skeletons to rock specimens, they have it. Don't forget to look for Stan!!

2  Thank Robert T
Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

The Black Hills Institute is an amazing place, featuring an outstanding collection of large fossils, as well as rocks and minerals. But the stars of the show are the large dinosaurs, most notably the ferocious T. rex mounts. The staff is very helpful and passionate...More

2  Thank Randy S
Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

We stopped in because of the collection of fossils and geological a treasures we had heard about. In addition to not disappointing, we were certainly impressed with the items that they have for sale. Beautiful treasures on display both in the museum and in the...More

2  Thank Stephen P
Reviewed 23 August 2016

The Museum at the Black Hills Institute is a must see in the Black Hills area. They have a one of a kind fossil collection from all over the world. The collection includes invertebrate fossils, plant fossil, and dinosaur fossils. Some dinosaurs are replicas but...More

2  Thank Rockglade
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I'm diasabled and use a wheelchair most of the time. Would I be able to go? Thank you.
26 February 2016|
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Response from Navalon | Reviewed this property |
Not by way of the front entrance, since there is a flight of stairs to go up. Call and ask if there a handicapped entrance. And yes, there's a narrow walkway once in the museum but it would be ok for wheelchair.
What is the cost for this museum?
23 July 2015|
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Response from Man-of-the-Stars | Reviewed this property |
I think it was $7 a person to get in to the museum part. The gift shop, where you actually enter the building, is free.