Visit the Museum of Geology

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Open to the Public - Fun and Free!

Important Parking & Access Update:

Due to the construction of the new Mineral Industries building, parking in front of O'Harra/the museum is unavailable. Please use the parking lot on the East side of the building. Enter campus through the Gold Entrance on the University Loop Road. There are signs posted along this road to help you navigate to this parking lot. For a map explaining access click here. If you have questions or would like assistance planning your visit please call us at (605) 394-2467. 

What is Geology?

Geology is a fascinating science that studies the Earth and its processes, including tectonic plates, rocks, minerals, and fossils. At the Museum of Geology, you'll find many compelling exhibits focusing on:

Come and see

Tours and Events

2024 Events


Admissions prices are suggested, but not required. Tour fees are required. 

*Tours must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance. Tours larger than 25 people must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance. 

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 South Dakota Mines faculty and students.  Learn more about research and exploration here in the Black Hills and across the globe.
  • Virtual Tour  - The South Dakota 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 
  • Other related destinations in the Black Hills - Activity Sheet.

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