Days of '76 Museum

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The Legends Gallery offers visitors a chance to get up close and personal with the legends of Deadwood: Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, Charlie Utter, and Seth Bullock, to name just a few. Personal belongings, memorabilia, and artifacts associated with these larger-than-life figures demonstrate that even legends are human and share commonalities with all of us.

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More than 50 historic wagons, carriages, buggies, and other animal-powered vehicles are on display in the exhibit, Deadwood: A Story of Movement and Change. The 7,000-square-foot exhibit tells the story of how this early transportation system helped settle the American West.

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Influential business leaders of Deadwood often gathered for dinner in the Adams House dining room to enjoy an evening meal and discuss the day’s current events. Guests would be treated to fine dining on a table set with monogrammed silverware, 18-karat gold charger plates, and crystal wine glasses. The food was superior, the room was opulent, and the conversations were lively. It was a grand way to pass the evening.

Located in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota, Deadwood was the site of the last major gold rush in the continental United States. The discovery of gold in 1875 led to the founding of Deadwood the following year and brought enormous wealth and notoriety to the area. The booming town immediately gained a reputation as a rough-and-tumble mining camp where Wild Bill Hickok was killed and Calamity Jane earned her fame. Eventually, with the arrival of electricity, telephone service, and the railroad, Deadwood grew into a stable and thriving business community.

Our Properties

Deadwood was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1961 and works hard to preserve its historic past for present and future generations to enjoy. For more information about Deadwood attractions, packages, and special events, please contact Black Hills Central Reservations or the Deadwood Chamber & Visitors Bureau.

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Adams Museum (minimum of 10)

The Black Hills’ oldest history museum introduces you to Deadwood legends such as Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, Seth Bullock, and a rare plesiosaur fossil. Here we show you why Deadwood is famous as an iconic Western town.

  • $3 per person
  • Tour director and motorcoach driver are complimentary
  • Special services offered to groups with advance notice: 20-minute guided tour of the museum.
  • Handicapped access: Yes
  • Motorcoach parking: Yes (call for more information)

Days of '76 Museum (minimum of 10)

The Days of '76 Museum documents the celebration and rodeo. It features exceptional exhibits of carriages, historic firearms, American Indian artifacts, and illustrates Deadwood’s enduring friendship with Buffalo Bill Cody.

  • $5 per person for motorcoach tours, and $6 for group tours
  • Tour director and motorcoach driver are complimentary
  • Special services offered to groups: guided tours of the museum available with advance reservations.
  • Handicapped access: Yes
  • Motorcoach parking: Yes

Historic Adams House (minimum of 10)

The meticulously restored 1892 Queen Anne-style home with original contents chronicles Deadwood’s transition from a raucous mining camp into a prosperous and technologically rich city. Discover the triumphs and tragedies of two of Deadwood's founding families.

  • $7 per person for motorcoach tours, and $8 for group tours
  • Tour director and motorcoach driver are complimentary
  • Handicapped access: Yes (first floor only)
  • Motorcoach parking: No (call for parking options)
  • Tea and Tour available – $15 per person; minimum of 8 and maximum 20

Experiential Tea & Tour of the Historic Adams House and Behind the Scenes Tour at the Days of '76 Museum

  • Cost $15 per person per tour
  • Tea & Tour  Minimum: 8 | Maximum: 20 | 75 minutes | Most days of the week
  • Behind the Scenes Tour  Minimum: 5 | Maximum: 12 | 60 minutes | Monday - Friday

Sales Contact

Rose Speirs
605-722-4800
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School Groups

Deadwood History offers customized school tours for students in grades K-12 at the Adams Museum, the Days of '76 Museum, and the Historic Adams House. Your tour can include one, two, or all three properties. Tours are offered year-round, with the exception of the Historic Adams House.

Education staff can also provide pre-tour PowerPoint presentations to familiarize teachers and students with what they can expect to see and learn on their upcoming tour. To find out more or to book a tour, please contact

Education Director

Amanda Brown
605-578-1657
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Parking

Adams Museum

Limited metered street parking is available across from the museum or in the Miller Street parking lot located behind Deadwood Dick’s and the Pump House. Parking is available in several municipal lots, including the History & Information Center at the intersection of Deadwood Street and Hwy 14-A, and the parking ramp on Main Street.

Days of ’76 Museum

Free parking is available in front of the museum.

Historic Adams House

Free parking is available in front of the Adams House and in the Sherman Street parking lot next to the Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center (HARCC).

Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center (HARCC)

Free parking is available in front of the HARCC and in the Sherman Street parking lot.

Public Transportation

Deadwood Trolley

The Adams Museum, Days of ’76 Museum, and HARCC all have trolley stops in front of the properties. The Deadwood Trolley will stop at the Adams House if requested in advance. Also, there is a trolley stop located below the home on Sherman Street.

Hours of Operation

May through September

Adams Museum and Days of '76 Museum
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., daily.

Historic Adams House
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Saturday & Sunday

October through April

Adams Museum and Days of '76 Museum
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Tuesday – Saturday.
Closed Sundays, Mondays, and winter holidays.

October and April

Historic Adams House
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Tuesday – Saturday.
Closed Sundays and Mondays. The Historic Adams House is closed November – March.

Year Round

Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center (HARCC) is open, Monday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Closed on holidays.

Groups

Ticket prices for motorcoach, adult, school, and youth groups can be found on our Group Tours page. The museums welcome groups of 10 or more with advance reservations year round. For more information, please call 605-722-4800.

Museum Admission

Adams Museum

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

Days of '76 Museum

Adults $8, Children 6-12 $3, Children 5 & under free.

Historic Adams House

Adults $10, Children 6-12 $5, Children 5 & under free.

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.

Education Programs

Education programs have a separate fee. Please visit our Schools & Teachers section for more information.

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