Learning Forums are thought-provoking presentations on a wide variety of topics. Each history lesson features a 45-minute presentation, followed by an open forum with questions and discussion about the topic.

Learning Forums are included with your two-day admission:
$12 for adults, $10 for seniors & half-off for members!

Please call 394-6923 to reserve seats. 

Theater map below. Seats marked ADA indicate wheelchair accessibility. Blue seats indicate space for foldout chairs, but those with ADA requirements take first priority.

2019 Fall Schedule

SUNDAY, OCT. 6 – Nancy Koupal, director of the South Dakota Historical Society Press, presents, “The History of the Little Press on the Prairie.”

Koupal will share the prestigious history of the South Dakota Press and its future. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

SUNDAY, OCT. 13 – Tamara St. John, state representative and archivist for the Sisseton Wahpeton Tribal Archive and Collection, presents, “The Dakota War of 1862.”

This war resulted in the death sentencing of 303 people for their crimes. Ultimately, 38 people were hung on Dec. 26, 1862 in Mankato, Minnesota, marking the largest mass execution in United States history.

SUNDAY, OCT. 27 –David Miller, retired professor of American history at Black Hills State University, presents, “The Origin of the Black Hills National Forest.”

Miller will chronicle the events leading to the creation of the Black Hills National Forest. Miller hopes that by learning from our past, we can learn how to manage ourselves for future generations.

SUNDAY, NOV. 3 – Instructor, Author, and Historian Donovin Sprague presents, “The History of the Ute Indians.”

The Utes were relocated to the Black Hills and eventually went to live on the Cheyenne River Reservation.

SUNDAY, NOV. 10 –James Pollock and Steve Randall present, “The Art of War.”

Both former military artists, their “Plein Air” art is featured in our exhibit, “From Field to Field.” Pollock and Randall will provide a workshop atmosphere on the “How To’s of Plein Air” and discuss their military experiences in this special presentation.

SUNDAY, NOV. 17 – NASA Space Ambassador Arjun Ayyangar presents, “The International Space Station.”

In November of 1998, the International Space Station became operational. Ayyangar will talk about its first 21 years as it comes of age. More importantly, he will share the future of this engineering marvel as NASA continues to journey forward into space.

SUNDAY, DEC. 1 –Conor McMahon, chief curator of the Sioux Indian Museum, presents, “Operation Al Zuni.”

Hear how a multi-million-dollar counterfeit art organization was brought to justice by the Indian Arts and Crafts Board. It’s a painstaking process to properly collect evidence and track relationships. McMahon will also talk about the role of the Indian Arts and Crafts Board in the promotion and selling of authentic arts and crafts.

SUNDAY, DEC. 8 – Jeff Oldham, operator of Reptile Gardens, presents, “Turtle Story.”

Meet live turtles and tortoises from Reptile Gardens and hear their unique stories.

SUNDAY, DEC. 15 – Mark Slocum, executive director of the Minnilusa Historical Association and Pioneer Museum, presents, “The Farrar Photo Files.”

Go on a visual journey of one of the most storied photographers of the Black Hills, Fred Farrar.

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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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


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.