Black Hills dinosaur hunters don’t have to go far and wide to learn about these prehistoric creatures who once roamed the land before time. Take advantage of the region’s world famous reputation for paleontology discoveries and explore the resources right in your own backyard. All information is from each organization’s website.
South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Museum of Geology
The museum will hold its sixth annual Dinosaur Extravaganza event with paleontology-themed activities free for families and children 12 or younger on April 12 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Regular admission to the museum is free. The address is 501 East Saint Joseph Street in Rapid City
The museum borrows from the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology to tell the story of how the Black Hills formed over 2.5 billion years. Museum admission is free for children 10 and younger. The address is 222 New York Street in Rapid City.
Visitors to this Rapid City institution can catch spectacular views of the Black Hills next to huge concrete dinosaurs. Admission is free. The park is open daily from June to October, according to its website. The address is 940 Skyline Drive in Rapid City.
The Mammoth Site
Museum goers can check out fossils from the North American Columbian mammoth and other animals here. Check the website for admission prices and hours. The address is 1800 U.S. Highway 18 in Hot Springs.
Museum @ Black Hills Institute
Any self-respecting aspiring paleontologist must pay a visit to Stan the tyrannosaurus rex, discovered in the Hell Creek Formation near Buffalo in 1987. Check the website for admission prices and hours. The address is 117 Main Street in Hill City.