342 Mount Rushmore Road
Custer, SD 57730
Phone: (605) 673-4400
Fax: (605) 673-2314
Arts & Museums
Features old guns, military articles, vehicles, and period clothing.
Enjoy the Wooden Nickel Theater, over 30 scenes created by an original animator of Disneyland, a carving studio, display of many nationally recognized woodcarvers, national museum gallery, gift shop, & snack bar.
Home of STAN the T-Rex and the Fairburn Agate, South Dakota's state gemstone; the Black Hills Museum of Natural History features a collection of dinosaurs, fossil fishes, mammals, birds, reptiles, "the finest displays of fossil invertebrates in the world," minerals and meteorites.
The Rushmore Borglum Story at the Borglum Historical Center is a must to see before a trip Mount Rushmore. A painter and sculpture, Gutzon Borglum began carving Mount Rushmore at the age of 60. His other works include Seated Lincoln and the Henry Ward Beecher Memorial.
Housed in the old Keystone Schoolhouse building which was built in 1900 and features early Victorian architecture, this museum contains an array of historic displays such as early day mining tools, historic pictures and photo collections, rock and mineral collections, and Carrie Ingalls memorabilia.
Open from mid-May to mid-October, Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., the Pioneer Museum in Hot Springs is housed in a historical, circa 1881 sandstone school building. Its 25 exhibit areas are filled with over 600 historical pieces of original Fall River County artwork, tapestries, famous prints, and photos.