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Take a trip through time at one of the many Black Hills museums.  From the Wild West to Native culture, our museums will paint an accurate picture of the days past.

1881 Courthouse Museum

1881 Courthouse Museum

(605) 673-2443
411 Mt. Rushmore Rd.
Custer, SD 57730

Admission. $6.00 adult, $5.00 seniors, $2.00 youth (12-18), free 11 & under, donations welcome. Three floors of 1874 to present Black Hills, Lakota & pioneer displays. 1874 Custer Expedition, 1875 cabin. Bookstore, handicapped accessible. Free youth activities.


Rushmore Borglum Story

(605) 666-4448 x1
342 Winter Street
Keystone, SD 57751

Explore the life and times of Gutzon Borglum, creator of Mount Rushmore! An exciting, entertaining and educational experience for the entire family. Watch the blasting and carving in our exclusive film. Family rates - Children are free! Must see to enhance your Mount Rushmore visit.


South Dakota Air & Space Museum

(605) 385-5189
2890 Davis Dr. Bldg. 5208
Box Elder, SD 57719

Experience your American Journey at the SD Air & Space Museum located just outside the main gate at Ellsworth Air Force Base in the beautiful Black Hills of SD. Our legendary exhibits showcase our American journey, celebrates those military personnel who have sacrificed so much for our country, and tells the stories of not only past aviation but inspires the future of aerospace.

The Museum at Black Hills Institute

The Museum at Black Hills Institute

(605) 574-3919
117 Main Street
Hill City, SD 57745

The Museum at Black Hills Institute features the Black Hills Institute collection. Displays exhibit fossil vertebrates, invertebrates and plants from around the globe. Ancient skeletons, starring "STAN" T.rex, fill the room! Signboards depict area history (maps, photographs & cave schematics). Enter through Everything Prehistoric. Open all year.

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High Plains Western Heritage Center

(605) 642-3978
825 Heritage Dr
Spearfish, SD 57783

Visit us and explore our western history! Stroll thru times past and discover stories of the plains and Black Hills. Enjoy live presentations of Cowboy music and poetry through our events in the spacious theatre as well as our Chuckwagon Dinners! We love groups - Reunions, Bus Tours, even weddings ~ Call us to make arrangements for your get-together!

Museum of Geology

Museum of Geology

(605) 394-2467
501 E St. Joseph St.
Rapid City, SD 57701

On the SD School of Mines campus. World-class fossils of Badlands mammals, marine reptiles & dinosaurs. Superb exhibits of meteorites, minerals, ores & gold replicas. Free admission. Opportunities for summer field paleo classes.

Crazy Horse Memorial

Crazy Horse Memorial

(605) 673-4681
12151 Avenue of the Chiefs
Custer, SD 57730

World's largest mountain carving in progress, located minutes from Mt. Rushmore on Hwy 16/385. Witness work on the mountain, enjoy American Indian museums, art galleries, sculptor's studio-home, antiques. American Indian artists & performers. Nightly laser show in season, restaurant & gift shop. Open year-round.

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