South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Museum of Geology

By far, our favorite thing about our visit to Rapid City was discovering the Museum of Geology at the South Dakota School of Mines.


We were on our way home from Badlands National Park and it wasn’t quite time to turn in for dinner so we flipped through the travel guide and found a little blurb about this museum.  We decided on a whim to stop there and I am so glad that we did.


The Museum of Geology is located on the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology campus.  It is relatively easy to find and is well marked as you make your way there.


The museum can be added on to just about any itinerary.  It is small enough that you can make it through the entire museum in less than an hour but there is enough for you to view so you could spend much more time if you wanted to.


Though the skeletons and fossils were fascinating, my little geologist spent quite some time in front of the rows of glass cases filled to the brim with minerals.  They are well lit and labeled to tell you what you are looking at.


My 8 year old son spent many minutes in front of each glass display.  He pointed out the minerals that he had at home and learned names of some of his favorite rocks.  There is a small Kids’ Zone that has lots of hands-on, interactive displays that help children question and learn more about what they are seeing.


The best part about this museum is that it is FREE (donations are accepted).


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    Looks like a blast! Educational, interesting and FREE – words I love! My parents visited South Dakota last year on a bus trip with a bunch of senior citizens. My mom has said that it was one of the best trips she has ever taken. She loved the open spaces, wildlife and beauty of that part of the U.S. I’m glad you were able to visit it and discover hidden treasures like this place.