Visit the Museum of Geology

Open to the Public - Fun and Free!

The Museum of Geology is currently implementing the following COVID-19 Precautions:

  • Total capacity: 34
  • Please wear masks and keep 6 feet of distance - Masks required in all University public spaces 
  • Hands on exhibits have been removed
  • Guided tours are limited to 10 individuals from the same household and must be pre-scheduled by phone 
  • Please call with any other questions and to best plan your visit, our hours and contact information are under the "About" tab

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

Admission is FREE!  Donations are always appreciated.

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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
  • The Kids' Zone offers hands on experiences for our young visitors
  • Museum gift shop with toys, books, models, rocks, posters, and more! 

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)
  • Paleontology & Geology field camps are available in the summer for high school students - see SDSM&T Summer Camps

Virtual Visits

If you're visiting us online, we'd like to introduce you to our online resources:

  • Online Exhibits  - These dynamic visual presentations showcase research by SD Mines faculty and students.  Learn more about research and exploration here in the Black Hills and across the globe.
  • Virtual Tour  - The SD Mines virtual tour captures our unique campus using vibrant imagery, VR360 tours, and video and allows you to enjoy 360° panoramic views of our beautiful campus.
  • Badlands Exhibit  - Step inside the Museum of Geology's Inside the Badlands exhibit.
  • Black Hills Story Map  - Our featured Online Exhibit (see image, right). 
  • View us on YouTube and Flickr 

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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

Donate to the Museum

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