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Visit the Museum of Geology

Open to the Public - Fun and Free!

Geology is a fascinating and broad science that incorporates many other sciences! At the Museum of Geology, you'll find many compelling exhibits focusing on:

  • PALEONTOLOGY - the study of ancient life, and
  • MINERALOGY - the study of minerals, including gems, crystals, and the rocks they form

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Come and see

  • Fascinating mounted skeletons of dinosaurs, mammals, marine reptiles, and fish
  • Rare fossils from the White River Badlands, arranged in time-specific dioramas
  • Mineral displays including the Hall of South Dakota Minerals, meteorites, and a fluorescent mineral room that's sure to captivate
  • Engaging displays
  • The Kids' Zone offers hands on experiences for our young visitors
  • Museum gift shop with toys, books, models, and more -- many unique items! 

Tours and Events

  • The Museum is a popular stop for tourists as well as a favorite of residents of the community
  • Guided tours are available for groups.  Please call ahead to schedule at (605) 394-2467
  • Popular events for children include the annual "Night At The Museum" (fall) and "Dinosaur Extravaganza" (spring)
  • Paleo trips for families or individuals are available in the summer.  Experience what it's like to be a geologist!

Admission is FREE!  Donations are always appreciated.


Congratulations . . .

to Dr. Sally Shelton, Associate Director of the Museum of Geology, who has been named the 2014 recipient of the national Dudley Wilkenson Award of Distinction from the American Alliance of Museums.  Read more.

Summer Hours

(beginning Memorial Day)

Monday-Friday: 9 am-5 pm
Saturday: 9 am-6 pm
Sunday: 12pm-5pm
Open Holidays

Winter Hours

(beginning Labor Day)

Monday-Friday: 9 am-4 pm
Saturday: 10 am-4 pm
Closed Sundays and Holidays

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The Musuem of Geology is operated by the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology.