The Mammoth Site Museum Hot Springs
Where is it at?
The Mammoth Site Museum
1800 US 18 By Pass
Where are we going today?
Stand on the edge of discovery and walk where mammoths, bears, American lions and other Ice Age animals walked...
The Mammoth Site in Hot Springs, South Dakota is the world's largest mammoth research facility where you can tour an active paleontological dig site and view Ice Age fossils exhibited as they are found.
Open year round, the Mammoth Site offers the museum visitor a 30 minute guided tour plus a 7 minute orientation video. Tour information features the Mammoth Site and Ice Age geology, paleontology, and paleoecology. Today, visitors to the museum observe first-hand a scientific excavation.
The Mammoth Site is accreditied with the American Alliance of Museums.
How much does it cost?
- Adults13-59 $10.00
- Children4-12 = $8.00
- Free Under: 3 and under
When can we go?
May 15-Aug 15: 8am-8pm; Aug 16-Sep 1: 8am-6pm; Sep 2- Sep 30: 9am-5pm; Oct 1-Oct 31: 9am-5pm; Nov 1-
We have Elementary,Middle and Secondary School classes available for groups of 10 or more. Please call to make reservations at 605.745.6017. Talk to Sharon McLain (our Primary Educator) or Justin Wilkins (our Secondary Educator). Ask about our group tour admission rates! SCOUTS: We offer classes for Geology & Archaeology Merit Badges ...advanced reservations required with a minimum of 10 scouts participating. Additional Fees for classes do apply..
Summer Programs include Junior Paleontologist Excavation(four times each day June 1-July 31 and once daily August 1-August 15) and Advanced Paleontologist Excavation (once daily June 1-August 15) plus an Atlatl Throwing Experience (once daily June 1-July 31). These are hands on activities, sure to enhance your visit at the Mammoth Site. Additional Fees do apply. Call for reservations..
We have bottled water, juices, sport drinks, ice cream snacks, candy bars and a variety of packaged nuts available for your enjoyment. There is no restaurant on site; however, Hot Springs has several eating establishments to chose from when your ready for a meal..
Any Top Tips?
Don't be afraid to ask your Tour Guide questions...if you would like to know what a bone is or want to know the name of a skull, they will do their best to answer. We have a new mapping kiosk in the middle of the bonebed that will do the same thing...it will even tell you more about the history of the bonebed and the bone(s) you are looking at. Do you have a group? Ask about our group rates. Another option for groups of 10 or more is a Behind the Scenes Lab Tour ($4/person).
Need a little extra help?
If you need extra help getting to the front door, there is a call box by the parking lot for assistance. We can offer you a ride to the Visitor Center in a golf cart. We also have a wheelchair if needed. The Mammoth Site is Handicap Accessible..
All rest rooms have baby changing tables available for your use..
Can I get one of those?
A lot of incredible souvenirs! We have a fantastic selection of books, mugs, toys and games, shirts, sweatshirts, DVD's, jackets, mammoth replicas, postcards, magnets, jewelry and even South Dakota made products. Check the Bookstore and Gifts link on our website. .
The Mammoth Site is an Ice Age museum filled with huge fossils displayed just as they are found! .
What people are saying?
by Johanna McChurch-Forrer
This unexpectedly cool and well set up "museum" is full of surprises and hosts a huge ammount of knowledge, cool picture opportunities and well done information boards/ cards, etc. The guided tour is very informative and easily understood. Check out the backrooms and downstairs, there is so much to explore and see. This is definitively a great all year place to stop.
by LeslieAnn DM
My son is really into bones and this was perfect for him!! The whole family did the tour and he did the junior dig. He had a blast but this would be fun for all ages!
by Darrell Garlock
The Mammoth Site is a great place to see multiple science theories in one setting. I recommend for children especially.
by Rick Sheaffer
If you aren't into this sort of thing (paleontology), you probably won't like it. If you are into it, this is a great destination. It is very cool to see bones that are tens of thousands of years old poking out of the ground. It is perfect for kids who are into science. If you visit in July, you can see the volunteers digging for more fossils. We even saw Dr. Larry Agenbroad a couple of times. He is the guy who started it all around forty years ago.
by Tom Scardino
This is science at work. If you have any interest in seeing some amazing fossils as they are being unearthed in spectacularly preserved condition check this out. The tour is short but very informative and they will answer anything you care to ask. You can see them prepping and preserving the fossils in the lab as well. They will likely be digging here for another 50 years or more to unearth everything.