Museum of Geology
One of the best collections of South Dakota’s ancient resources resides at the Museum of Geology at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (501 E. Joseph St., 605/394-2467 or 800/544-8162 ext. 2467, http://museum.sdsmt.edu, summer Mon.–Fri. 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.–6 p.m., Sun. noon–5 p.m., winter Mon.–Fri. 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–4 p.m., closed Sun., free).
The museum opened in 1885 and today the collection includes over 350,000 specimens of fossils, rocks, and minerals from the Black Hills’ ancient past. Displays also include minerals from around the world, fluorescent minerals, and local agates, meteorites, and native gold.
There are also several life-sized models of dinosaurs on display. Many of the museum’s extensive collections are on loan to the Journey Museum.
© Laural A. Bidwell from Moon Mount Rushmore & the Black Hills, 1st Edition