Journey Through Space and Time
What do the dinosaurs, the Sioux tribe, and the early pioneers have in common? They all have roots that extend into the soils of South Dakota.
The history of the region itself extends as far back as 2.5 billion years and goes through the prehistoric times to the pre-colonial period, up until this very moment. Now you have the luxury of learning about all this in one trip to the Journey Museum. At the Journey Museum in Rapid City, South Dakota, visitors can take a trip through both space and time. Go back in time and explore the region’s history.
Everything from the dinosaurs to the pioneers and the mountain men is covered. Or travel through the far reaches of the universe to be enlightened by planetary discoveries.
The Archaeology Center of the Journey Museum seeks to teach patrons about what man made objects have been uncovered through archaeological digs and expeditions. You can actually see and touch certain artifacts that date back 10,000 years. Observe the tools that ancient hunters used to hunt for food, or marvel at the mining equipment from the Black Hills gold rush.
When you’re finished learning about what lies beneath the earth, take a trip upwards and outwards into the far reaches of space. At the “Into the Cosmos” collection, visitors can take a journey through outer space projected on a curved, 3D screen. Travel to the moon and into the milky way without leaving your seat.
The Roamers of the Earth
Whether it was the dinosaurs, the Native American tribes, or the early settlers making their way across the plains, all of South Dakota’s early wanderers’ lifestyles are preserved and studied at the Journey Museum. Check out the Paleontology wing, or the Native American artifacts in the Sioux Indian Museum. Extend your mission to include the pioneers who traversed the land to find gold, settle camp, and make a home of the Black Hills and beyond.
To familiarize yourself even more with the land and its people, visit some of the current exhibitions on display, like the “Pap Madison Cabin”, which is the oldest known structure in Rapid City. The “Crouch Line Railroad” exhibit offers visitors a glimpse into one of the early railways, or the “Voices from the Journey” brings life to the forgotten journals and memoirs of the early inhabitants. Or learn about the pioneer artist Grace French at her own exhibition.
The Fun is in The Journey
It’s not the end result that matters, it’s what you do along the way. If you’re travelling through South Dakota, make sure to take advantage of all the fun and awe-inspiring activities en route. And the more you know about the region, the more you’ll feel at one with the land. The Journey Museum is a great way to educate yourself on the history of the animals, the people, and the places.
Location & Hours
The Journey Museum is located at 222 New York Street in Rapid City, SD. It’s open from 9 am to 5 pm from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and from 10 am to 5 pm Monday-Saturday and 1 pm to 5 pm Sunday during the off-season. Ticket prices vary depending on age and exhibit, typically prices range from $2.00 to $8.25. For exact prices, visit their homepage.