Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, Hot Springs

#1 of 88 in Museums in South Dakota
Must see · Natural History Museum · Science Museum
The largest working paleontological site, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs has unearthed nearly 70 Woolly and Columbian mammoths. The remains of 85 other species from the Ice Age have been discovered here as well. Your visit begins with a short video describing the history and discovery of the site, followed by a 30-minute guided tour. After the tour, explore the Ice Age Exhibit Hall. Windows into the paleontology lab give you a peek into the process of uncovering these remains. For more information on geology, mammoths, or the people and animals that lived during the Ice Age, catch one of the many short films shown throughout the museum. Work out when and for how long to visit Mammoth Site of Hot Springs and other Hot Springs attractions using our handy Hot Springs trip itinerary site.
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  • REALLY worth the side trip from Rapid City area! Especially if you have children! Be sure to book the dig adventure for your children. They get to "dig" in a simulated mammoth dig site (really just.....  more »
  • We had been driving past this site for years saying one of these days we need to stop. Well finally that day came and we stopped. We are so happy we did! The dig site is amazing in every way! I....  more »
  • So very cool. Wish we had more time to just stay and geek out. Building is built over the dig site. You can actually see the skeletons that are being uncovered! The lab was fun, seeing the processes used on the unearthed items. Will be back when we have a LOT more time to spend here.
  • Fantastic place to visit. Everyone enjoyed the exhibits. It was exciting to see so many mammoths in one area. It is an active dig site with many fossils to view. Go any time since everything is indoors. Our visit was several years ago when I did not complete reviews on Google. The dig site may have changed from the pictures.
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