Aug. 16 - Oct. 14, 2019

Coming to The Journey Museum and Learning Center is “BISON,” a traveling exhibit exploring the past, present and future of bison. The grand opening was Aug. 16. You can view the exhibit through Oct. 14. 

BISON creates an interactive environment that combines history, artifacts and hands-on activities to bring to life the story of this great North American mammal. The exhibit tells of the animal’s tragic history, its rescue from near extinction, and the story of people across North America working to preserve the bison as a vibrant part of our future. 

The exhibit tells the story of the bison from the beginning, connecting cultures along the way, says Corey Christianson, the administration, exhibits and curation coordinator at The Journey Museum and Learning Center. 

“We’re talking about an animal that greatly influenced history and culture, both Native American and pioneer.”

The need for sustainability is also apparent in the exhibit, with the bison placed in the larger narrative of human interactions with natural resources. 

This is The Journey Museum and Learning Center’s first traveling exhibit, and this is the first time the exhibit will be in South Dakota.

“It’s great having the exhibit here because not only does it connect with our taxidermy section of the museum, but it’s also going to be up during the Buffalo Roundup held in Custer State Park in September,” Christianson says.

You can view BISON with admission to The Journey Museum and Learning Center - $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and FREE for members. This exhibit is toured by the National Buffalo Foundation in collaboration with Kauffman Museum,

Included with admission
FREE for members

The Journey Museum and 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.