Rapid City: A Prehistoric Destination
One of the greatest things about living in Rapid City is the history that comes along with it. Not just the stories of the wild west, but of creatures that roamed these lands long before people set foot here. There are many caves to explore and rock formations to see but one of the most educational and fun for the whole family sits quietly on the campus of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology in Downtown Rapid City.
The Museum of Geology sits on the second level of the O'Hara building and is free to the public. Since I am raising science nerds this is an easy activity for us to enjoy and it is a great place to visit on a rainy, windy or too hot day.
Mounted skulls, dinosaurs, mammals, fish and marine reptiles greet visitors as they eclipse the second set of stairs. They are beautifully displayed in period dioramas showcasing the spectacular land before time.
One of my personal favorites is the mineral displays! The colors are spectacular, like nothing you've seen before. The tour guides do an amazing job explaining the everyday uses of the precious materials, besides beautiful jewelry! The coolest part for the kids is going through the fluorescent mineral room and into the Kids Zone. A hands-on approach to learning and exploring goes a long way!
If you are around in the fall or spring, those hands-on experiences extend to the annual "Night at The Museum" and "Dinosaur Extravaganza." Paleo trips are also available for families in the summer, you can experience being a geologist first hand! This is one museum you don't want to miss!
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