How big were the dinosaurs? Where can you unbury the history of the railroad in SD? Who built the Harney Peak Fire Lookout? Which museum holds the Guinness World Record for the most Teddy Bears in the country? You’ll find answers to all of these questions right here, in Hill City—our museums were created to satisfy your curiosity!
Despite the small size of our Southern Hills home front, Hill City has spent the last few decades making a local name for itself in the sphere of science and history. The Black Hills Institute of Geological Research attests to the area’s prehistoric past, while the South Dakota State Railroad Museum declares a rich state history on the rails.
Directory > Art Galleries & Museums
Civilian Conservation Corps Museum
23935 Hwy 385
Hill City, SD, 57745 USA
The Civilian Conservation Corps Museum of South Dakota honors the men who thinned trees, fought forest fires, built rock bridges and structures, planted trees, constructed fire trails, worked on soil conservation projects, built dams, pigtail bridges and helped frame the beauty of South Dakota –all for one dollar a day. Under a bill passed by Congress and signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the CCC program existed nationwide from March 31, 1933 through June 30, 1942, during the Great Depression when no jobs were available. Families needed food and these men were willing workers who received housing, medical care, food and on-the-job training. The museum features a video of the history, artifacts, photos and printed roster of the men who worked in the CCC in SD, including many from North Dakota, Nebraska and other states. The museum is located inside the Hill City Visitor Center/Chamber of Commerce building at 23935 Hwy 385 just east of Hill City. Admission is by generous donation.
Dakota Nature and Art Gallery
216 Main St.
Hill City, SD, 57745
Dakota Nature & Art is a family owned gallery located in the Heart of the Black Hills, Hill City South Dakota. Our gallery features well crafted and absolutely beautiful Art, Hand Made Jewelry (we make many pieces ourselves), Turned wood by owner's brother Jerry Green, Home Decor such as; Rugs, Glasswork, Pottery, Cedar tables and benches and a wide variety of brilliant locally made works of artistic talent. We strive for quality, and beauty, each piece in our gallery is carefully selected to enhance your own taste. It's summed up as a New West style, mixes of cowboy and nature, new styles and a tad of traditional.
Come see why our customers call us “the Best gallery in the Hills”.
We invite you to relax while you shop in the gallery or online, choose hand selected one of a kind pieces of art, original and giclee' prints, artisan handcrafted jewelry, Turned Wood by Jerry Green, photography by Neal Larson, Black Hills cedar furniture, petrified wood tables and bookends, Minerals from around the world and more. It's all about mixing it up, choosing what makes your heart sing.
We feature many Black Hills area and regional artists. Some of them are: Jerry Green of Bear Rock Wood Work, Loy Allen, Jenny Braig, Kevin Haller, Grant Standard, Neal Larson, Rory Combs, Walt Horton, Kay Williams, Ron Holyfield, Joyce Freese, Tim Axtman, Alexanna Jewelry, In Your Dreams Jewelry by Brenda Larson, Howard Terpning, Martin Grelle, Andy Thomas, Nomadic Traders, Bila and Chalet.
We want you to buy with confidence that you've found the best...from the largest to smallest piece, original wall art, to hand crafted artisan adornment.
Museum @ Black Hills Institute; Black Hills Institute of Geological Research, Inc.
117 Main Street
Hill City, SD, 57745 USA
Museum featuring regional dinosaurs, ammonites, and mammal fossils, other world-wide fossils, mineral and meteorites. BHIGR supplies museum display pieces worldwide. We also specialize in custom preparation and fossil skeleton mounting services.
One of Hill City's treasures! A must-see and stop during your visit!
National Presidential Wax Museum
609 Hwy 16A
Keystone, SD, 57751
Located in the shadow of Mount Rushmore in the historic town of Keystone, the National Presidential Wax Museum is an impressive highlight on any traveler's itinerary. Featuring the works of world-famous wax artist Katherine Stubergh, the National Presidential Wax Museum features over 100 life size wax sculptures of some of the most iconic figures in American history. We invite you to witness the history of American Democracy from its inception.
South Dakota State Railroad Museum
222 Railroad Avenue Building A
Hill City, SD, 57745-1070 USA
South Dakota’s unique landscapes spawned one of the most unusual and complex railroad histories in our nation. A history that helped define us as a people and as a state.
The Museum provides visitors with the unique story of railroading through displays, interactive exhibits, an operating HO train layout, and other interactive and educational displays for the entire family. The Museum is conveniently located next to the depot at the 1880 Train in Hill City.
Warrior's Work & Ben West Gallery
277 Main Street
Hill City, SD, 57745 USA
A Year - Round Art Gallery on Hill City's Main Street, we feature regional and U.S. painters, sculptors, craftsmen and other artists. In addition to the gallery's innovative leather frame designs, made and found only in Hill City, the gallery sells American-made leather hats and other fine apparel for men and women.