The Museum @ Black Hills Institute

Black Hills Institute of Geological Research Inc., has long been recognized as the world’s finest paleontological and earth science supply house. The Institute’s primary business is supplying professionally prepared fossils, fossil casts, and mineral specimens for research, teaching, and exhibit. Our staff have been the leaders in developing new techniques and new materials for use in fossil exploration, collection, preparation, and exhibition.

Our Hill City facility houses the world’s most extensive research collection of T. rex fossil material. Dinosaur researchers from every continent come to the Institute to study this material. The Institute’s enormous fossil collection is recognized as one of the world’s finest. This collection is always available to visiting researchers. Peter Larson’s research papers on Tyrannosaurus rex and Neal Larson’s publications on ammonites are widely read and respected throughout the professional and amateur communities. The Institute’s collecting sites and laboratories are visited annually by hundreds of students, instructors, researchers, as well as the general public.

Original fossil and cast reproductions prepared by the Institute are on display in many of the world’s major museums including the US National Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; the National Science Museum, Tokyo; the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology, Drumheller, Alberta; the National Museum of Natural History, Leiden, Netherlands; and the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, Wales. In addition to supplying specimens for exhibits, Institute staff provide scientific and technical consultation in fossil identification, preservation, restoration, and display. This help is given to researchers, amateur, professional and academic collectors, museum curators and exhibitors, as well as field and laboratory technicians.


117 Main Street
Hill City, SD 57745

(605) 574-3919