Look to where tall, granite peaks pierce the sky and 1.2 million acres of forested mountains dominate the skyline of western South Dakota. The Lakota Sioux named this sacred area, ‘Paha Sapa’, or the Black Hills in their Native American culture.
From the serrated sandstone spires of the Badlands Scenic Byway, to the undeniably iconic expression of America in the shrine of democracy showcased in Mount Rushmore, to the steady roar and rumbling of motorcycle engines at the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, to Historic Deadwood, where the famous frontier woman Calamity Jane and notorious gunslinger Wild Bill Hickok ventured, to the heart-pounding rush of the herd of buffalo at the annual Buffalo Round-Up, the Black Hills of South Dakota is where a vacation turns into an adventure.
Located in the heart of Rapid City, The Journey Museum & Learning Center will start you off on your journey throughout the beautiful Black Hills. With a passion for being a place for families to learn and play together, The Journey Museum & Learning Center takes you through the enriching history of the Black Hills and Native American culture by means of four different area collections: Geology and Paleontology, Archaeology, Native American Culture, and Pioneer History.
Since our doors opened in May of 1997 as the result of the Museum Alliance of Rapid City (MARC), The Journey Museum & Learning Center has always held learning as a priority – a priority that still, to this day, is unwavering. The Journey Museum & Learning Center will always serve as a forum to preserve and explore the heritage and cultures of the Black Hills region and the knowledge of its natural environment to understand and value our past, enrich our present, and meet the challenges of the future. After all, the cultures of the Black Hills are living cultures that are still present today.
The journey continues…
The Journey Museum & Learning Center regularly adds new events, exhibits, and features to the expansive museum, covering American history, Black Hills history, and Native American culture.
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