222 New York Street
Rapid City South Dakota 57701United States
Walk through South Dakota's history, from a dinosaur excavation site to a Wild West assassination.
After a big-screen introduction, this museum takes visitors on a literal walk through time, starting with a dark room lit with stars and the creation of the universe as explained by both a scientist and Native Americans. Ancient fossils, beaded moccasins, saddles and re-created cabins and saloons lead visitors through prehistoric times, the Lakota way of life, the arrival of traders and pioneers, the Wild West, the railroad and the 1972 flood that killed more than 200 people. Dig boxes, coloring stations and interactive exhibits, such as the gunshot that killed Bill Hickock, and halogram narrations inside a teepee keep things lively. This museum is well done and designed for everyone from kids to science and history geeks. You can find your own level. Within an hour, you'll have a good feel for South Dakota. The walk-through time approach works well, too, giving you a feel for how much changes in a single place. Adult admission: $7. Free for kids 10 and under and discounts for seniors and students.