Museum of Geology, Rapid City

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The Museum of Geology at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology explores the natural history of Earth through scientific inquiry, preserves specimens and data as a dedicated repository for scientific research, and promotes understanding of geoscience and evolution through outreach.
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  • I highly recommend this free museum located at the South Dakota School of Mines! So many interesting "rocks" along with other offerings. The staff (graduate students, etc.) are more than happy to offe...  more »
  • We stopped here while in Rapid City and we were pleasantly surprised. It is a small compact place but there was just so much to see of interest. The exhibits were not only locally found items but also...  more »
  • A great activity for a cold and rainy day. The exhibits are amazing, fossils that show how well preserved the animals were, and geology formations that have rainbow colors, including one that glow in ...  more »
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  • This was really fun to go to! Walked around for a good few hours! Lots to see! There's a nice gift shop too. My family loved it. We love rocks and dinosaurs. So this was perfect. If you have little ones they'd probably like it too since a lot of it they can look at and but can't touch it since its behind glass. So no worries.
  • Not only were the geology related displays beautiful and educational, but the fossils and the dinosaur models incredibly interesting as well. I truly enjoyed my time there. It was low key, you could roam around as you wish, but there were people there to cheerfully answer questions if you wished as well. Good job! This is a nice museum.
  • A must-see if you have fossil or geology lovers in your family! It's free, it has a ton of specimens to look at, and the book store is delightfully low priced. With the free admission and low priced gift shop, it's a nice respite for your wallet too! It was harder to find but that was more because we lacked phone service.
  • Great way to spend a few minutes or all day, and the price is right! You're going to be able to enjoy a spectacular variety of fossils and minerals for free! The number of things that were found in South Dakota was surprising, and the famous gemstone reproductions were impressive to see in person.
  • Great specimens in a budget building. Easy to find on the campus if you are in Rapid City. I will definitely stop again to check out their excellent mammal collections. A very fun exhibit space.

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