Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving and unity. We encourage you to give what you can to support us and other local businesses.

The Journey Museum and Learning Center is invested in serving the community and creating long-term impacts. Our #GivingTuesday goal is $20,000 of support. 

In 2020, we've invested in technology to reach audiences in-person and online. We will continue to invest in the community through online education, STEAM Saturdays, the Journey Video Archive, and Journey Discussions (a free service and part of our mission), and our Journey to 2022 campaign.

Here are some ways to invest in your local museum!

  • Become a Friend of the museum
  • Purchase or renew your annual membership
  • Contribute on Dec. 1 online, by mail or over the phone

All contributions are tax-deductible.

The Journey Continues
Through You!

Call 605-394-6923 or send cash/checks to:

The Journey Museum & Learning Center
PO Box 1554

Rapid City, SD 57709


Below are historical photos from the Black Hills, shared by the Minnilusa Historical Association. Pick one to re-create and be entered to win an annual FAMILY MEMBERSHIP PLUS 4 DAY PASSES to the museum.

Post your photo on our Facebook page by clicking here.

The winner will be determined by the number of shares on your original post to our page. Encourage others to share the ORIGINAL POST to help your chances. Good luck and have some fun with it!

The contest runs from Nov. 22 to Dec. 1, 2020.


Share what The Journey means to you or share your connections to Black Hills history/culture on social media using #JMLCgiving, #Giving Tuesday, #ForSouthDakota

Click the top 3 photos below to see video messages

MARC Board Chair
MARC Board Secretary
MARC Board Director

A letter from Executive Director Troy Kilpatrick

Hello Friends, 

Thank you in advance for taking the time to read through this note. I cannot express with enough gratitude how blessed I feel today. 2020 has been a year like no other, and it has brought us all challenges that we could not have previously imagined.

While it would be easy to say, “I can’t wait for this to all go away” or “Let’s get back to normal,” the real point is that we are blessed. I have had more than just a few moments of reflection on what is important.

Internally, we have deeply discussed our Mission and Vision. This helps me appreciate how important everything we have today is to our well-being. This is about not just looking into the past but looking to the future.

The power of optimism. The strength of service before self. The wonderful uplifting feeling of the support from our community members and partners that you have given myself and the team. Still today, we are asking for you to invest in our Mission and Vision. Your gift - and no number is too small -will help us continue to grow and to find a way. 

I have to thank the challenges of 2020 for forcing us to be more creative. We’ve found ways to reach audiences that we never dreamed possible through online venues and videos that we never considered producing until March of 2020. Sure, I miss Turtle Soups and Learning Forums. But now we have found ways to turn audiences of 65 into hundreds. You have visited us online and we are reaching more of you.

Someday you will get to visit us in person. I can’t wait for that. In the meantime, know that we are in this for the long-term. We are not just hanging on. Our plans have been made accordingly, and we will take the lessons from 2020 and mix that with the past few years of success to reach new heights. We are planning for a better tomorrow; we just don’t know exactly when tomorrow will come. So we need you to keep believing in us. I pledge to you that this team does not take your generous support lightly.

Again, a sincere thank you to all of you who have generously given. We will make sure that your support is honored. We will serve and we will continue. Somehow, some way, the Journey will continue.


The Journey to 2022 is a fundraising goal to improve accessibility and the visitor experience at The Journey Museum and Learning Center. Our goal is to raise $150,000 by Dec. 21, 2021 to be applied to 2022 educational efforts. 

Why the year 2022? This is a significant year for a few reasons. In 2022, The Journey Museum and Learning Center will be 25 years old. Adding to that, it will be 50 years since the Rapid City Flood of 1972.

This campaign serves to not only remember an important period in local history but to improve how we can share that history for generations to come.

You can help by donating to The Journey Museum and Learning Center. Call 605-394-6923 to learn more. 

Below are some of the improvements we're working toward or have already accomplished.


Closed-captioned movies

Enhanced audio for the hearing-impaired

Update of "The Journey" film, which introduces visitors to the Black Hills and to our collections

Upgrade to theater control center

Ramps that allow access for guests using walkers, wheelchairs and other assisted movement devices

Handrails to allow for more safety on theater stairs 


Updated projector and screen in an area where many events are held

Enhanced audio for the hearing-impaired

Digital cameras to archive and share full presentations


Smartphone app with audio library, including text for those with hearing limitations. This app will be used all around the museum for a more engaging visitor experience.

Upgraded monitors that currently feature video vignettes, complete with closed-captioning

Enhanced section on Deadwood history

Bathroom doors that open with the push of a button to assist people with mobility issues

Changing tables in all men's bathrooms

New WiFi system

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.