Learn & Play Weekends

Weekend Discovery Expeditions

Take a peek into a world of wonder in a Discovery Expedition class. We want to reflect our diverse community, so The Journey Museum & Learning Center creates wonderfully playful and interactive learning experiences for people of all ages to enjoy. Discovery Expeditions are offered EVERY DAY during the summer!

Events Calendar Discovery Expedition

Discovery Expedition: A Look At Local Fossils

Sat, Nov 17, 2018 - Sun, Nov 18, 2018
1:30 pm - 2:45 pm

Discovery Expedition: A Look At Local Fossils

Sun, Nov 18, 2018 - Sun, Nov 18, 2018
2:30 pm - 3:45 pm

Discovery Expedition: Inside Cooking of the Old West

Sat, Nov 24, 2018 - Sun, Nov 25, 2018
1:30 pm - 2:45 pm

Discovery Expedition: Inside Cooking of the Old West

Sun, Nov 25, 2018 - Sun, Nov 25, 2018
2:30 pm - 3:45 pm

Discovery Expeditions: Every Day During Winter Break!

Wed, Dec 26, 2018 - Sun, Jan 6, 2019
2:30 pm - 2:30 pm

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Kids and adults alike participate in activities that cover a multitude of topics! Want to learn about beadwork, one of the best known art forms practiced by Native Americans? Put what you learn to the test by making your own beadwork design of a turtle or salamander! Discover true cultures of people you may not know too much about. Have you heard of the Eskimo people? Well did you know that the word “Eskimo” was a word invented by French mountaineers who didn’t speak their language, and it’s not the real name for their people! In fact – no one knows what “Eskimo” even means? Use your knowledge from the learning center and creative thinking to accomplish a task at this unique children’s museum. Get the family together and construct missile launchers that will hit a target at 10 meters, using golf balls as practice shots before making the ultimate test – shooting the target with an egg! There’s a different activity every week and never a shortage of fun at the learning center and children’s museum.


Erupting volcanoes, creating clouds in bottles and more! Bring the whole family for activities, experiments, and crafts that make learning FUN! Families that learn together, grow together. Geared toward families with members between the ages of 5 to 105.

 

Toddler Tuesdays

For younger kids, join us for Toddler Tuesdays at the museum from 10:30 to 11:30 AM on Tuesdays. Drop by anytime to enjoy a morning of fun!



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Grab your toddlers and enjoy a morning of fun! Toddler Tuesday activities include special guest appearances from folks such as the Mount Rushmore Mascots and Smokey Bear, arts and crafts projects that develop tactile skills, songs, dancing, stories and so much more! We design activities for toddlers that ignite a toddler’s sense of wonder and creativity. The beauty of The Journey Museum & Learning Center is that we encourage everyone to touch, feel and discover. At Toddler Tuesday, the toddlers are in charge of the learning center! They are able to touch and feel what they want to touch and feel. Using their main senses, they bring natural and local history to life!


Events Calendar Toddler Tuesday

Toddler Tuesday - Thanksgiving Craft

Tue, Nov 20, 2018 - Tue, Nov 20, 2018
10:30 am - 11:30 am

Toddler Tuesday - Animals of Every Shape and Size

Tue, Nov 27, 2018 - Tue, Nov 27, 2018
10:30 am - 11:30 am

Toddler Tuesday - Ponies and Saddles

Tue, Dec 4, 2018 - Tue, Dec 4, 2018
10:30 am - 11:30 am

Toddler Tuesday - Goodbye Fall, Hello Winter!

Tue, Dec 11, 2018 - Tue, Dec 11, 2018
10:30 am - 11:30 am

Toddler Tuesday - Christmas Crafts

Tue, Dec 18, 2018 - Tue, Dec 18, 2018
10:30 am - 11:30 am

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Recommended for ages 2-5; all children must be accompanied by an adult. Take a look at our Calendar of Events for more activities for toddlers and ways that they can enjoy the learning center and make history come to life.

Through Toddler Tuesday, toddlers are able to experience natural history in a way that makes it real for them. Reading a history book to them will not teach them, however, letting them feel Native American clothing, color in a picture about the early pioneers, or dance along to a song about dinosaurs roaming the earth, they will begin to learn more about natural history. The Journey Museum & Learning Center is all about educational activities for each age group, including activities for toddlers to aid in the learning process.

 

It’s history and science for our youngest visitors! Come learn and play with our specialized Journey educators as they host a class designed especially with toddlers in mind. Join us for wonderfully engaging activities for toddlers that get your preschooler grooving in the museum.

 

Take a real-time trip through space using our NASA supported Uniview Digital Universe Software. See the constellations and more in this surreal space museum, the only one of its kind between Denver and Minneapolis!.

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Uniview is widely recognized as the most accurate data visualization platform in the planetarium industry. At its very core, the Uniview software is an interactive computer platform designed for live presentation. Powered by scientific databases and physically accurate visualizations of Earth science, Uniview produces visually striking journeys through databases of any scale.

Real time Astronomy & Earth Sciences. Our NASA supported Uniview Digital Universe Software allows you to explore over 50 categories of scientific models, including all known objects in the solar system, Kepler candidates, star forming regions, star clusters, the local group, deep space objects, Sloan galaxies, and quasars to name a few in this unique space museum.


Classic Astronomy Observation. Uniview simulates orbital motion with the same precision as NASA simulations for space missions. Day and night sky, celestial and galactic coordinate systems, meridian and ecliptic are just some features of our complete classical planetarium system. Uniview can calculate and transition to events such as sunrise, sunset, solar noon and midnight. It can also transition to and from any geographical location on the surface of the Earth or any other planet, to observe the sky from different locations. Earth science data features include all the essential planetarium features, such as 88 constellations with lines and artwork, planets rendered as properly colored and lit points when seen from afar, the Milky Way, and much more.


Planetary Exploration and Earth Sciences. Uniview has access to a network of daily updated satellite imagery that can be integrated in a show at a minute’s notice, directly to your planetarium experience. Through streaming of cloud-based data, you get access to daily updated satellite imagery, weather events, planetary and lunar exploration, and extra solar planets through this intricate space museum.

Winter Schedule

October 1 through April 30

Daily at 4 PM

Summer & Fall Schedule

May 1 through September 4

Daily at 11:15 AM & 4 PM
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September 4 - September 30

Daily at 11:15 AM

Included with regular museum admission or FREE with Family Membership.

Schedules are subject to change. Please stop by Visitor Services or call (605)394-6923 for questions or more details.


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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Hours

The Journey Museum is currently in Winter Hours:

Winter Hours

(October 1st – April 30th)
10 AM – 5 PM Monday through Saturday
1 PM – 5 PM Sundays

Summer Hours

(May 1st – September 30th)
9 AM – 6 PM Monday through Saturday
11 AM – 5 PM Sundays

Admission

All individual admissions are good for two days with receipt.

Museum General Admission:

Adults (ages 18+) $10
Seniors (ages 62+) $8
Students (ages 6 – 17) $7
Children 5 & under FREE with family

Groups (10+ people):

$7 per person

Tour guides available. Please call (605) 394-6923 one week prior to visit to schedule.

Education Groups (12+ students):

$3 per student (all students 18 and under)
$5 College Students

Chaperones are requested. Special pricing will be extended to adult chaperones.

Tour guides available. Please call (605) 394-6923 one week prior to visit to schedule.