Hill City

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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.

 

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Civilian Conservation Corps Museum


23935 Hwy 385
Hill City, SD, 57745 USA

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Civilian Conservation Corps Museum

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.



Gypsy Rose Studio & Gallery


117 Museum Dr.
Hill City, South Dakota, 57745
605.721.1234

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Gypsy Rose Studio & Gallery

James Ann has been in the industry about 20 years and tattooing since 2001. She tattoos by appointment, concentrating mostly on custom work. Her styles range from realistic and portraits to fantasy and Celtic and more. She doesn't do a lot of cover-ups or bio-mechanical, but does encourage people seeking that kind of work to stop by the shop, and she'll be happy to refer to other local artists that specialize in that kind of work.  The Gallery will include, local fine art including, photography, jewelry, paintings, prints, and more.

James Ann has had work published in major industry magazines and won awards locally and abroad for both her black & grey and color work. Including Best Tattoo at the Biggest Tattoo Show on Earth in Las Vegas, 2009.

Gypsy Rose was opened in 2006 by James Ann. She has worked hard ever since to establish her studio as a premier shop for custom tattooing & body art with a focus on great work & good experiences for her clients. She values all her clients & strives to make sure they know it. She has tattooed at conventions here in the States and abroad, giving her the opportunity to learn from a wide range of artists and observe many different styles of tattooing.

In addition to tattooing James Ann is also an accomplished photographer and painter, and has paintings and photographs from all over the world on display and for sale in her studio. James Ann enjoys living and working in the Black Hills and all the great riding and good living that comes with it. Her family and friends are definitely a priority in her life and business.



Jon Crane Gallery and Custom Framing


256 Main Street
Hill City, SD, 57745 USA
605.574.4440

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Jon Crane Gallery and Custom Framing

For more than 20 years, Jon Crane Gallery & Custom Framing has served as a portal into the Black Hills, and we are proud to host the best "guides" around. Jon leads a pack of artistic visionaries whose work is showcased in the gallery. We begin with his renowned watercolors—depicting rural America and farmhouse scenes—and add a variety of sculpture, hand-built furniture, pottery, and wall art, making the gallery the place to start your artistic trek.



Museum @ Black Hills Institute; Black Hills Institute of Geological Research, Inc.


117 Main Street
Hill City, SD, 57745 USA
605.574.4289

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Museum @ Black Hills Institute; Black Hills Institute of Geological Research, Inc.

 

The Museum @ Black Hills Institute invites you to travel back in time and discover prehistoric beasts of all sizes. The museum is home to “STAN”, the 2nd largest and 2nd most complete T. Rex skeleton ever found. View extensive collection of other dinosaurs, marine fossils, minerals, meteorites and more.

 

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!

 

For more information visit our website: bhigr.com

 



National Presidential Wax Museum


609 Hwy 16A
Keystone, SD, 57751
605.666.4455

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National Presidential Wax Museum

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
605.574.9000

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South Dakota State Railroad Museum

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
605.574.4954

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Warrior's Work & Ben West Gallery

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. 



World Fossil Finder Museum


719 Jensen Hwy.
Hot Springs, South Dakota, 57747

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World Fossil Finder Museum

The World Fossil Finder Museum is not your typical fossil museum but a museum with several world wide first fossil discoveries.

​We are a family friendly museum that wants to inspire and educate children and adults of all ages to enjoy learning about the natural wonders of the world.

​Phone number:  (605) 745-5007​

Address: 719 Jensen Hwy Hot Springs, SD 57747

Mail: Worldfossilfindermuseum@gmail.com

​HOURS:

Monday - Saturday 9:30 am - 5:30 pm

We welcome service animals on a leash or in a carrier.

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