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DINOSAURS! Featuring the original STAN™ T. rex.


South Dakota once had seaside property. During the Cretaceous while T. rex roamed the land, a seaway spanning central South Dakota abounded with sea creatures. Our collection teems with many of these strange and amazing animals.


The Museum @ Black Hills Institute is a modest but incredible natural history museum. Natural history enthusiasts can rest assured; you will find something unique in this treasure trove of amazing dinosaurs, fossils, minerals and collectibles from all over the world.

The intriguing nature of the Museum's specimens stems from the founding geologists' passion to collect items they love and to share them with as many people as possible. Over the past several decades they have inspired many people with this same love of natural history. We sincerely hope if you are not a natural history fan when you arrive... you will be by the time you leave!

Gift Shop and Museum Hours

Spring Hours:

December 27th thru day before Memorial Day Weekend
Tuesday thru Friday: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Sunday: Closed

Summer Hours:

Memorial Day Weekend thru Labor Day Weekend
Tuesday thru Saturday: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Monday and Sunday: Closed

Fall Hours:

Day after Labor Day thru October 31st
Monday thru Saturday: 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Sunday: Closed

Winter Hours:

November 1st thru December 24th
Tuesday thru Friday: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Sunday: Closed


$7.50 - Adults (16 and older)
$6.00 - Seniors, Veterans & US Military (must ask for discount at time of purchase)
$4.00 - Juniors (6 thru 15)
FREE - Children (5 and under)

Year-long pass with every paid admission (non-transferable - must be validated by BHIGR or EP Staff)

Book your admission tickets now through our reservation site:

Open all year. Call 605-574-3919 for more information.


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