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The Journey Museum in Downtown Rapid City brings together four major prehistoric and historic collections to tell the complete story of the Western Great Plains - from the perspective of the Lakota people and the pioneers who shaped its past, to the scientists who now study it. When your journey is complete, you will fully understand the legacy of the land and its people, from the violent upheaval that formed the mystical Black Hills over 2.5 billion years ago to the continuing saga of the Western Frontier. For the kids – the Journey has a large dig area where children can “dig” to locate artifacts; a children's table in the Indian Museum area that contains traditional Lakota games, dolls and toys and a “Paleo Tent within the Museum of Geology that includes dig boxes, tables with activities and an area where artifacts can be picked up and examined. Discover where dinosaurs lie buried beneath the prairie soil. Learn why the Sioux call their sacred Black Hills the "Center of the Universe". Experience the hardships of the homesteaders as they settled the formidable wilderness. Hours of Operation: Winter Hours: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday through Saturday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Sundays Summer Hours: (Memorial Day through Labor Day) 9:00 am - 5:00 pm daily The museum will be closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Years Day, Easter Sunday & First 2 weeks of January (Annual Cleanup). Interactive exhibits and dramatic displays present the geography, people and events that shaped the history and heritage of the region. Indian and non-Indian cultures are factually presented. Hands-on examples of rocks, fossils, artifacts and memorabilia encourage each individual to experience the history of the “Paha Sapa” through sight, sound and touch.


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