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Adams Museum

In 1930 pioneer businessman W.E. Adams founded the Adams Museum in Deadwood, with the purpose of preserving and displaying the history of the Black Hills. He donated the building to the City of Deadwood.


On Monday, November 23, 2020, the Deadwood City Commission passed Resolution 2020-25, an Emergency Resolution requiring the wearing of face coverings/masks in certain situations to slow the community spread of COVID-19. Face coverings/masks are required in indoor public places owned by the City of Deadwood at all times and in outdoor public spaces within the City of Deadwood when gathering for more than 15 minutes and/or when 6 foot social distancing cannot be achieved or maintained. The Resolution also requires face coverings/masks to be worn when utilizing public transportation in the city.

View Exhibits

Some of the Black Hills’ greatest treasures are on exhibit at the museum including:

  • Potato Creek Johnny’s 7.346 troy ounce gold nugget
  • Beloved American illustrator N.C. Wyeth’s pencil sketch drawing of Western legend Wild Bill Hickok
  • The mysterious Thoen Stone record of the Ezra Kind party’s discovery of gold in the Hills in the 1830s
  • A rare one-of-a-kind plesiosaur (marine reptile)

Hours of Operation

May through September

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., daily.

October through April

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Tuesday – Saturday.
Closed Sundays, Mondays, and winter holidays.

Museum Admission

Suggested donation $5 for adults, $2 for children.

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Individual Combo Pass

$16 per person for the Days of ’76 Museum and Historic Adams House; $20 for Adams Museum, Days of '76 Museum, and Historic Adams House.