Get hands-on and down and dirty with dinosaurs! A long time ago, dinosaurs used to roam these lands, even here in the Black Hills. They helped shape these Hills that we call home now. While it’s hard to believe, the dinosaurs were here long before we were, and they left traces of themselves behind for us to discover. Through paleontology we have discovered what types of dinosaurs roamed these lands and how they lived.

In the Paleontology field tent, you can dig for dino bones in a sand pit, do educational puzzles that help you learn about dinosaurs, and touch real fossils found from dinosaurs who have roamed these lands! The paleontology for kids tent also features a real fossil preparation lab where volunteers work on fossil specimens so you can watch them in action as they’re working on preparing them for the museum.

The Paleontology Tent brings the prehistoric age of dinosaurs off the silver screen and makes you feel like you’re living in Jurassic Park. The dinosaurs from the beloved movie come to live right in front of kids’ eyes and make paleontology for kids real and a viable experience they can tell their friends about. Dig for bones and learn what each bone is and which dinosaur it belonged to. The Paleontology Tent is full of bones and other educational activities for kids to learn from as they explore their love for dinosaurs. Paleontology for kids comes to life in the Paleontology Tent in a way unlike any other in the Black Hills area.


Kids grow up learning about dinosaurs and many enjoying playing with toy dinosaurs. In the Paleontology Tent, kids are able to really play with real dinosaur bones and get a feel for what a paleontologist does while digging for bones. Stop by and check out not only the Paleontology Tent, but even the life-size dinosaur heads in the museum that are sure to make kids star struck.

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.