Highest-rated specialty museums in South Dakota, according to Tripadvisor

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January 9, 2022
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Highest-rated specialty museums in South Dakota, according to Tripadvisor

The Ashmolean Museum, founded in 1683 at the University of Oxford, stands as the first public museum in the world. The gallery was started when its founder, Elias Ashmole, in 1677 donated his private collection to the university. Much of that original collection is still on display, including a crystal ball, several kidney stones, and preserved, exotic animals.

By creating the museum, Ashmole sought to do what all museum curators have worked for since: to create a space where people could be inspired and educated by artifacts and art from the world around them. Specialty museums are particularly focused, diving deep into highly specific subject matters, from seashells to ventriloquism.

Stacker compiled a list of the highest specialty museums in South Dakota on Tripadvisor. Keep reading to see what unique museums are in your own home state.

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#20. Ellsworth Air Force Base

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (41 reviews)
- Address: 1000 N Ellsworth Road, Piedmont, SD 57719
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#19. Nelson's Garage Car & Motorcycle Museum

- Rating: 3.5 / 5 (53 reviews)
- Address: 629 Main St Celebrity Hotel and Casino, Deadwood, SD 57732-1106
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#18. Pioneer Museum

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (44 reviews)
- Address: 300 N Chicago St, Hot Springs, SD 57747-1657
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#17. Keystone Historical Museum

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (37 reviews)
- Address: 410 3rd Street, Keystone, SD 57751
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#16. Custer County 1881 Court House Museum

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (97 reviews)
- Address: 411 W Mount Rushmore Rd, Custer, SD 57730-1542
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#15. Gutzon Borglum Historical Center

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (174 reviews)
- Address: 342 Winter St, Keystone, SD 57751-2036
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#14. National Music Museum

- Rating: 5.0 / 5 (123 reviews)
- Address: 414 E Clark St The University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD 57069-2307
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#13. Dinosaur Museum

- Rating: 3.5 / 5 (86 reviews)
- Address: 8973 S Highway 16, Rapid City, SD 57702-6577
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#12. George and Eleanor McGovern Library

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (19 reviews)
- Address: 1201 McGovern Ave, Mitchell, SD 57301-7904
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#11. Pioneer Auto Museum

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (250 reviews)
- Address: 503 E. 5th St., Murdo, SD 57559
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#10. The Guns of History Gallery

- Rating: 5.0 / 5 (6 reviews)
- Address: 700 N Sanborn Blvd 3 Blocks West of the Corn Palace, Mitchell, SD 57301-1917
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#9. National Presidential Wax Museum

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (360 reviews)
- Address: 609 Hwy 16A, Keystone, SD 57751
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#8. America's Founding Fathers Exhibit

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (213 reviews)
- Address: 9815 S Highway 16, Rapid City, SD 57702-6579
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#7. The Journey Museum and Learning Center

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (379 reviews)
- Address: 222 New York St, Rapid City, SD 57701-1199
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#6. Museum of Geology

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (351 reviews)
- Address: 501 East Saint Joseph Street 3rd Floor of O'Hara Builidng on SDSMT campus, Rapid City, SD 57701-3901
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#5. Black Hills Mining Museum

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (143 reviews)
- Address: 323 W Main St (US Highway 85 in town), Lead, SD 57754-1604
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#4. Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (224 reviews)
- Address: 3200 Indian Village Road, Mitchell, SD 57301
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#3. Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (268 reviews)
- Address: 999 Main St, Sturgis, SD 57785-1620
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#2. South Dakota Air and Space Museum

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (904 reviews)
- Address: 2890 Davis Dr. Bldg#5208, Rapid City, SD 57706
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#1. Tatanka: Story of the Bison

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (419 reviews)
- Address: 1 mile north of Deadwood on US 85, Deadwood, SD 57732
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