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      A donation will get you into most public museums in Black Hills. Rates for privately operated museums range from $6 to $10.
Our list of favorite museums includes the Keystone Historical Museum, the School of Mines Museum of Geology, the Journey Museum, The Adams Museum in Deadwood and the A&A Salvage Museum. Except for the Journey Museum all are free -- although donations are encouraged.

      Commercially operated museums include the Rushmore Borglum Story in Keystone, The Museum of Woodcarving in Custer, the Black Hills Mining Museum in Lead among others.

     A number of museums appeal to special interests, including the Fort Meade Calvary Museum in Sturgis, the Air and Space Museum at Ellsworth Air Force Base near Rapid City and the Museum of Geology at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City. The Mt. Rushmore Interpretive Center at Mt. Rushmore might also fall into the categoy.

     Two private museums, the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and A&A Salvage Museum in Rapid City are of interest to motorcycle and antique car enthusiasts.

     The following links will take you to more information about the various museums listed. Not all of the listed places are museums in the strictest sense, however they are historically or otherwise interesting anyway. Use your browser's "Back" command to return to this page.

Keystone Historical Museum -- Early mining artifacts, Keystone pioneer families, William Howard Taft bathed here. Dahl Fine Arts Center -- Work of local artists, including mural of Western South Dakota Museum of  Woodcarving -- Numerous small carvings illustrating woodcarvers art
Adams Museum --early Deadwood history, mining artifacts, two-headed cow, Thoen stone
Air & Space Museum -- Military planes, history of early balloon flights D.C. Booth Fish Hatchery -- Working fish hatchery
Museum of Geology -- Rocks and fossils from Western South Dakota Black Hills Mining Museum -- Gold mining in the Lead and Deadwood area
Fort Mead Cavalary Museum -- Military artifacts  including  Old West items The Journey Museum  -- Western South Dakota history and geology A&A Salvage Museum -- Old cars and motorcycles
Mt. Rushmore Interpretive Center -- Story behind the carving of Mt. Rushmore
Sturgis Motorcycle Museum -- Notable motorcycles and new choppers and customs Custer Historical Musem -- Pioneer artifacts High Plains Heritage Center -- Western history and traditions including cowboy poetry. Wade's Gold Mill -- Early gold prosessing machinery, stamp mill
Black Hills Museum of Natural History -- Dinosaurs and fossiles Pioneer Auto Museum -- Old cars and other vehicles Minuteman Missile Site -- Cold war ICBM launch site Cleghorn Springs Fish Hatchery -- Working fish hatchery
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