Museum of Geology


Reoccurring Events


Weekly Book Reading

Come join us weekly on Thursdays at 2:00pm for a geology or paleontology themed story in the kids’ area. We will read an age appropriate book and offer a related activity such as coloring, drawing, or making a puzzle.

Fall Session: Sept. 19 through Nov. 21 
Spring Session: Jan. 16 through May 7


Museum Tours

We are happy to provide insightful tours of the Museum for groups and visitors during normal business hours! Join us as we got back in time to learn about the land of the dinosaurs, the Badlands and even South Dakota geology. To ensure that a trained tour guide is available for your visit, please email Museum@sdsmt.edu to schedule.


Annual Events


Alumni Open House Tours

The Museum of Geology and Paleontology Research Lab will be hosting tours every half hour starting at 3:00pm on Friday, September 27th in conjunction with M Day. Please RSVP with the Alumni Association if you would like to participate.


National Fossil Day

Come get a tour of the Paleontology Prep Lab and join us for a book reading and activity all about coprolites! This event will take place on Wednesday, October 16th from 2pm to 4pm.


Youth in Rapid City Partnership Event

The School of Mines, Museum of Geology, and Youth in Rapid City will be joining together to welcome the famous YouTuber Emily Graslie. The event will consist of Keynote sessions with Emily Graslie, as well as an expo hall and tours of the Museum of Geology and Paleontology Research Lab. This event will take place Thursday, October 17th from 8:30am to 11am.


National Earth Science Week

Join the Museum of Geology in celebrating National Earth Science week on Saturday, October 19th from 11am to 3pm. We will be hosting an activity from the National Earth Science Week tool kit called Carbon Travels. This activity involves an exploration of the museum, scientific problem solving, and a make-and-take, and can be adapted for all age levels.


Night at the Booseum

This event occurs annually and will be on Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 11am to 3pm.

Children can come trick or treat in a safe environment while learning about ancient marine reptiles, flying reptiles, prehistoric mammals, and rocks through games and hands-on educational activities. The staff and volunteers dress up as well making this a free and fun event for all ages!


Fossils, Rocks and Mineral ID Day

This event is held twice a year and will be held on Saturday November 9th 2019 from 11am to 3pm.

Interested in identifying your fossils, rocks and minerals? This day is for you! Please join us at the Museum as the Museum staff, Paleo Club and Geological Society assist in your identification needs! As a note, we are not able to tell you the "value" of an item. 


Dinosaur Eggstravaganza

This event is held annually and will be held on Saturday, April 20th, 2019 from 11am to 3pm. 

There are many fun and educational hands-on activities for the kids that include learning about dinosaurs, their environment, how paleontologists find and dig up fossils, as well as the difference between Hollywood and Science! Free admission and we welcome children of all ages!

   Children in costume playing in the sand      children making crafts in museum


Summer Hours

(beginning Memorial Day)

Monday-Saturday: 9 AM -- 6 PM     
Closed: Sundays and Independence Day

Winter Hours

(beginning Labor Day)

Monday-Saturday: 8:30 AM -- 4 PM 
Closed: Sundays and Federal Holidays

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