This museum has been collecting and displaying new specimens since 1885.
The Museum of Geology is located on the campus of South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. All of the exhibits and programs are located in the O'Hara Building on the campus. Entrance to the museum is free (though donations are gladly excepted) and definitely worth a visit. Some of the displays go back more than 500 million years! There are fish, dinosaurs that roamed South Dakota, complete skeletal fossils of mammals, and marine reptiles. Some of the fossils are very rare. There are also many minerals from all over the world. The museum has a fluorescent room that is fun and interesting. A great Kid Zone area has tons of hands-on activities that are appealing for all ages! When you visit, make sure you ask about the Scavenger Hunt! Visitors will find exhibits focusing on paleontology, the study of ancient life, and mineralogy. If you would like to have experts at the museum check your own fossils or rocks, bring them with you so that the museum can identify them for you. The gift shop sells rocks, minerals, stuffed animals, and much more at great prices.