Discover the Past at the Museum of Geology
Geology is a fascinating and broad science, which incorporates many other sciences! At the Museum of Geology, you'll find extensive exhibits focusing on Paleontology - the study of ancient life, and Mineralogy - the study of minerals, including gems, crystals, and the rocks they form. Our displays are engaging and accessible to everyone.
The Museum is located on the campus of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology on the third floor of the O'Harra Building. The Museum has been collecting and displaying new specimens since 1885.
Come and see our fascinating mounted skeletons of dinosaurs, mammals, marine reptiles, and fish! Dozens of rare fossils from the White River Badlands are arranged in time-specific dioramas. Our mineral displays include the Hall of South Dakota Minerals, meteorites, and a fluorescent mineral room that's sure to fascinate. See unique specimens from as far away as Antarctica.
Guided tours are available for groups. Please call ahead to schedule. 605-394-2467
Admission is FREE! Donations are always appreciated.
Summer Hours: (May 1 - August 31) Winter Hours: (September 1-April 30)
Monday-Friday: 9AM-5PM Monday-Friday: 9AM-4PM
Saturday: 9AM-6PM Saturday: 10AM-4PM
Sunday: 12PM-5PM Closed Sundays and Holidays
View the Museum Live on our Dino Cam
By Car from Airport Route 44 (from the east): From Rapid City Regional Airport, proceed west (right) on Route 44. At the Saint Patrick St. intersection turn left. Travel on Saint Patrick St. to Saint Joseph St. and turn right (west). Follow Saint Joseph St. for 1/2 mile. Turn left at University Loop and right on Technology Court.
I-90 (from I-90 to exit 57): Continue on West Blvd. to Saint Joseph St. Turn left (east) on Saint Joseph St and go 15 blocks. SDSM&T will be in the right side of Saint Joseph St.; turn right at University Loop and right on Technology Court.
Route 79 (from the south): Continue North on Route 79, and take downtown exit to Saint Joseph St. Follow Saint Joseph St. for 1/2 mile. Turn left at University Loop and right on Technology Court.
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