The Journey Museum (222 New York St., 605/394-6923, www.journeymuseum.org, Memorial Day–Labor Day daily 9 a.m.–6 p.m., winter Mon.–Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. 1–5 p.m., adult $7–9, student $5–7.50, child free–$2) is a great resource for visitors interested in the cultural, historical, and environmental aspects of the Black Hills. Collections include archaeology, geology, paleontology, Lakota history, and pioneer history. Museums can sometimes feel stagnant and dusty, but not the Journey.
It’s a dynamic space with many interactive exhibits that visitors can touch, as well as view. The Planetarium offers a digital trip from the Black Hills to the edge of the universe and back in a near three-dimensional environment. With lots of science and spectacular imagery, it’s a reminder that earth is one small planet in a very large and beautiful galaxy.
The Journey can be overwhelming, so it might be best to pick a couple of collections, give them the full attention they deserve, and call it a day. The gift shop is marvelous, with a tasteful collection that includes jewelry, books, science toys, t-shirts, and other items.
© Laural A. Bidwell from Moon Mount Rushmore & the Black Hills, 1st Edition