Enjoy good stories, good food and good company on select Fridays from noon to 1 p.m. Every Turtle Soup will feature a history lesson on historic figures and events that influenced the Black Hills history and include a featured soup from Angel's Catering.

Feed your mind and your belly with your busy schedule in mind at Turtle Soup

11:45 a.m. - 12:05 p.m. - Lunch is served
12:05-12:45 p.m. - Presentation
12:45-12:55 p.m. - Q & A

You'll finish your history lesson with just enough time to head back to your workday. Or you can stay, chat and enjoy the museum!

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

Advance reservations are appreciated and help us make sure that there's enough soup for everyone! Please call 605-394-6923.

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

FRIDAY, OCT. 11 - Sean Flynn, author and professor of history at Dakota Wesleyan University, presents "Ben Reifel – Without Reservation."

Hear the story of the first Lakota to serve in Congress and how he straddled two different cultures throughout his career. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

FRIDAY, OCT. 18 - Gary “Doc” Kuchar, with the Custer County Historical Society, presents, "Spokane & Points In-Between."

Go back to historic Spokane, South Dakota and hear about some of the vanished places of the Southern Hills. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

FRIDAY, OCT. 25 - Sioux Indian Museum Chief Curator Conor McMahon will introduce the community to the latest exhibit at The Journey Museum and Learning Center in his program called, "Alaskan Ivory Art."

The Indian Arts and Crafts Board, which administers the Sioux Indian Museum, serves many different native community members, including the Yupik Walrus Ivory carvers from St. Lawrence Island, Alaska. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

FRIDAY, NOV. 1 - Chris Johnson, state legislator and creator of the Pawnseum, presents, "Deadwood Dick."

Listen to the colorful tale of a legendary figure from the Wild West. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

FRIDAY, NOV. 8 - Jim Holland, a writer with the "Rapid City Journal," presents, "The USS South Dakota."

The USS South Dakota, or Battleship X, is the most decorated of the United States warships from World War II. Experience the legacy it left and the inspiration it provided for the newly launched submarine with the same name. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

FRIDAY, NOV. 15 - "The Duhamel Store" is presented by Helene Duhamel, public information officer for the Pennington County Sheriff's Office, and Mark Slocum, executive director of the Minnilusa Historical Association and Pioneer Museum.

Mark and Helene will share the glorious past of the Duhamel Store. View special artifacts from the Duhamel Collection! CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

FRIDAY, NOV. 22 - Halley Legge, with the Black Hills National Forest, presents, "The Friendship Tower."

The 100-year-old tower is the first monument constructed in remembrance of President Theodore Roosevelt by his best friend Seth Bullock - two legendary figures and one legendary story that still lives today. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

FRIDAY, DEC. 6 - Author Paul Higbee presents, "The History of the Black Hills Roundup."

South Dakota has a proud history of rodeo. Relive the birth and growth of the Black Hills Roundup, just in time for the Pro Rodeo Finals. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

FRIDAY, DEC. 13 - Corey Christianson, the administration, curation, and exhibits coordinator for The Journey Museum and Learning Center, presents, "Hooky Jack."

Hooky Jack was a not-so-good miner who lost his hands in an accident. But it didn't stop him from becoming a fixture in Rapid City lore. CLICK HERE FOR 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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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.