The Mammoth Site and Museum

Hot Springs, SD

5 (5 reviews)

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Address: 1800 US 18 Bypass P.O. Box 692 Hot Springs, SD 57747 Number: 605-745-6017 Website Contact How do we get there?

What is there to do?

When you think of the Ice Age, what do you think of? Does this fascinating time in history intrigue and excite you?

Visit The Mammoth Site and Museum in Hot Springs and you can stand on the edge of discovery and actually walk where mammoths, bears, American lions and other Ice Age animals walked! That's pretty amazing!

The Mammoth Site in Hot Springs, South Dakota is actually boasts the WORLD'S largest concentration of mammoth fossils, so be prepared for a pretty amazing family day out.

It's hands-on and interactive fun 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 that will really take you back in time. During the tour you can hear all about the history of the Mammoth Site as well as Ice Age geology, paleontology, and paleoecology.

Are you ready to come face to face with some of the most mysterious and unique creatures that ever walked the Earth? Well, you can, and you will be meeting them in the very spot that they used to roam!

Get those imaginations ready, we're going back to the Ice Age on our next family day out! Pack those jackets, it's going to be chilly!

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How much does it cost?



$10.14 + tax



$7.37 + tax (Ages 4 to 12)



Discounts for seniors and active military


Free Under

3 years


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The Mammoth Site is an Ice Age museum filled with huge fossils displayed just as they are found!

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. They also 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.

I'm Hungry!


They 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.

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Where is it at?


Easy to find along the Highway 18 Bypass in Hot Springs. Watch for the 'gihugic' mammoth along the road. their drive is just up hill from this mammoth.

Teachers corner


They have Elementary,Middle and Secondary School classes available for groups of 10 or more. Just call to make reservations, and don't forget to ask about their group tour admission rates! They also offer classes for Geology & Archaeology Merit Badges for scouts!

Can I get one of those?


A lot of incredible souvenirs! They 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! Bring that pocket money!

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. They can offer you a ride to the Visitor Center in a golf cart. They also have a wheelchair if needed. The Mammoth Site is Handicap Accessible so everyone is welcome!

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Baby Facilities

All rest rooms have baby changing tables available for your use.

When can we go?

Open daily, but hours vary seasonally typically from 8am or 9am open, to 4pm to 8pm close, so check online for the date you want to visit

Open year round

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