Mines News

Release Date Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Museum of Geology Named One of the 50 Most Impressive College Museums Nationwide

RAPID CITY, S.D. (May 2, 2017) – The Museum of Geology at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology has been named one of the 50 most impressive college museums nationwide for 2017-2018 by College Values Online.

“This is a wonderful acknowledgement for the Museum of Geology. We are proud to be recognized on a national scale,” said Danielle Serratos, the museum’s assistant director.

SD Mines’ museum was chosen because of its specializations in paleontology and mineralogy, displays of meteorites and rare fossils of dinosaurs, mammals, marine reptiles and fish. The museum also has a packed schedule of exhibitions, events and special programs geared towards families. 

The museum was also chosen for its dual role as a research facility, alongside the Paleontology Research Laboratory on campus. Together, the two facilities house a collection of over 500,000 specimens with an active fossil preparation laboratory.

Criteria for selection included a permanent and sizeable collection spanning more than one time or cultural period with recognizable artifacts that appeal to a variety of audiences, beyond students.

To see the full ranking, visit here.


About SD Mines  

Founded in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid City, S.D., offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university enrolls 2,654 students with a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1. The SD School of Mines placement rate for graduates is 97 percent, with an average starting salary of more than $61,300. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Snapchat

Contact: Dani Mason, (605) 394-2554, danielle.mason@sdsmt.edu