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Adams Museum

54 Sherman Street

Deadwood businessman and former mayor W.E. Adams built Deadwood’s Adams Museum in 1930 as a tribute to Black Hills pioneers and in memory of his deceased first wife and two daughters. The Museum was a gift to the City of Deadwood and the building and grounds remain City property. The Museum, as is the Historic Adams House, is operated by Adams Museum & House, Inc., a non-profit educational organization.

Deadwood’s Adams Museum is considered the Black Hills’ oldest history museum. Artifacts on display from Deadwood’s infamous past reflect the powerful legends of Wild Bill, Calamity Jane, and Deadwood Dick. From a one-of-a-kind plesiosaur, the Thoen Stone, and W.E. Adams’ love letters to a lively folk art collection, Lakota bead and quill work, and Potato Creek Johnny’s gold nugget; the Adams Museum exhibits capture the mysteries, the tragedies, the bawdiness, and the dreams found in the history, art, and natural history of the Black Hills.

The Adams Museum is open year-round and features changing exhibits and special programs. The Adams Bros. Bookstore and gift shop is located on the first floor. All levels are wheelchair accessible. There is no admission charge to the Museum, but a $3 per adult, $2 per child donation is suggested. 


Tim Canaday

Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018
Really enjoyed this museum. For a free will donation at the door, you get to see so much cool historical stuff. Three floors. Kids area has very unique and cool puzzles and games. The dinosaur was amazing!

Sam Peterson

Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018
Great museum. Even if you are not stopping as part of the pastport program I'd highly recommend it. Focuses on the history of the area as well as American history and culture. Has activities in the lower level that can challenge both kids and adults. Only saw 1 staff when I was there so it might he tricky to find someone if you have questions. Also has a small gift shop to buy stuff in

Mr. Jim

Saturday, July 14, 2018
Very interesting place. Great history. Be aware, however, that is not free entry. It's entry by donation and they tell you how much you "should" donate per person with someone standing there watching over you. They should just call it what it is. An admission charge.

Charlotte Bassett

Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Very informative small museum. It looks like they are expanding as well. Wish the gift shop more unique items though.

Hannah Larson

Thursday, July 19, 2018
It was filled with local artifacts which was interesting. However the information was spotty in some areas and oversharing in others. It is technically a free museum but they ask for a donation of $5 for adults and $3 for kids.

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