Events at the Museum of Geology

Museum Tours

We are happy to provide insightful tours of the Museum for groups and visitors during normal business hours! Join us to go back in time and 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 call the Museum at (605) 394-2467 to schedule. Tours outside of regular hours can be scheduled by request, contact the Assistant Director for scheduling. 

Annual Events

Rock, Fossil & Mineral ID Day

This event is held twice a year. Our spring 2024 Rock and Fossil ID Day will be on Saturday, February 17th from 1:00 - 4:30pm. Our fall 2024 Rock and Fossil ID Day will be on Saturday, September 14th 1:00-4:30pm

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

Dino Eggstravaganza

This event is held annually and will be held on Saturday, March 23rd, 2024 from 12:00 - 4:30pm. 

This family friendly event allows kids to engage with School of Mines students doing fun activities from pin the tail on the dinosaur to paleo themed treasure hunts! 

Night at the Museum

This event occurs annually and will be on Saturday, October 19th, 2024 from 12:00 - 4:30pm.

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! A donation of $5.00 is suggested per family and supports the Museum and Paleontology Club. This year's event will have activities in both the Museum of Geology and the Paleontology Research Laboratory. 

Summer Hours

(beginning Memorial Day)

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

Winter Hours

(beginning Labor Day)

Monday-Saturday: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM 
Closed: Sundays and Federal Holidays

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