Arts Museums

So just how big were the dinosaurs? What is the history of the railroad in SD? Who built the Harney Peak Fire Lookout? How many Teddy Bears live in Hill City? Take a gallery walk in Hill City to see the variety of artists the “Heart of the Black Hills” has to offer.

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ArtForms Gallery

Welcome to ArtForms Gallery!

We are an artist-owned gallery located in downtown Hill City, SD, in the Heart of the beautiful Black Hills. Our art is locally made by South Dakota artists, with paintings, woodcarvings, metal art, pottery, birdhouses, jewelry, stained glass, photography, and so much more!

Be sure to drop in and see us when you’re in the Black Hills.

We’re located in the Old World Plaza, at 280 Main St., Hill City, SD, 57745.

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Black Hills Bronze

Fine art foundry providing bronze services to artists. See and learn about the work of renowned sculptors, along with the bronze process itself. Our friendly, competent staff of visual artists and artisans specialize in personal service and attention to detail. We treat you like family. Open year round.

Just miles from the country’s largest and most renowned sculptures – Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse Memorials – Black Hills Bronze offers full service bronze fine art production to artists, businesses and the public.

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Dakota Nature & Art Gallery

Specializing in Black Hills area artists, we offer art that is unique, genuine, and representative of the place we live. Art should touch your emotions, creating a personal connection. We strive to make buying, collecting and investing in art fun, educational and enriching.

We feature bronze sculptures, turned wood, photography, original oil, acrylic and watercolors, and giclee’ wall art, artisan crafted jewelry, flame work and mouth blown glass, silk paintings and wearable art, books on local history and subjects as well as art and More!

Many of our artists are from the Black Hills region, and we are proud to offer many pieces made locally! Our US economy is very important to us and we continue to offer you a large selcction of USA made, artisan crafted goods.

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Elk Park Antiques & Art

Elk Park Antiques & Art is a quaint antique shop filled with eclectic art, housed in a charming log cabin.

Located off Hwy 385/16 on the way to Custer, watch for the row of mailboxes on the left and the green Elk Park Antiques and Art highway sign, about 2 miles before the Crazy horse turn-off.

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Jon Crane Gallery & Custom Framing

The Jon Crane Gallery offers original watercolors, limited edition Giclee & lithograph prints of artist Jon Crane.

Quality custom framing for any framing need. Open year round.

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Jon Crane Watercolors

Through the medium of transparent watercolor, Jon Crane is able to use its delicate nature to capture the fine details of reality that are so important to him. His oversized nostalgic landscapes of rural America have become his trademark.

Finely detailed rural landscapes are a natural expression of the personality of watercolorist Jon Crane. A man who loves being outside – on a Baja beach or the highest mountain peak, investigating a southwestern plateau or Midwestern cornfield, contemplating ocean waves or kayaking down a lively stream – Jon searches constantly for those special panoramas that he can translate onto paper.

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Museum at Black Hills Institute

Black Hills Institute of Geological Research (BHI), has been the leader in paleontological excavations and preparation since 1974, helping supply museums and collectors the finest in professionally prepared fossils and cast replicas. From dinosaurs to mammals, reptiles to pteranodons, ammonites to fish, and crinoids to trilobites, BHI has done it all, and done it all well.

Much of our staff is actively engaged in the ongoing research of fossil vertebrates, invertebrates, and Black Hills minerals. To help accomplish this, we have an extensive reference library that covers a large portion of the vertebrate and invertebrate paleontology from the North American Western Interior, along with the geology and mineralogy of this region.

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Sandy Swallow Gallery

The Sandy Swallow Gallery is a must see if interested in Indian art and culture.  Located on Main Street in Hill City with a complete line of works by international known artist Sandy Swallow and other prestigious Native American artists.  Sandy is an enrolled member of the Oglala Lakota Nation (Sioux).  She creates art that captures her spiritual connection to her culture, nature, home and family.

When you enter her Gallery you feel the friendly Lakota atmosphere and are able to see many contemporary and traditional hand crafted items made by Native Americans.  Sandy is happy to sell many items made on the nearby reservations.

She has received national recognition for her art work on USDA Guide Book for Native Americans.  In 2007, Sandy was invited to the White House by Laura Bush for her artwork of Devil’s Tower which is now in the permanent collection at the White House.

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SD Civilian Conservation Corp Museum

The South Dakota CCC Museum is located in the Hill City Visitor Information Center, 1/4 mile northeast of Hill City. Dedicated to preserve the history of our boys and men who served in the Civilian Conservation Corp in the 1930s, the museum is filled with pictures, foot lockers, tools, film, newspapers, maps, and so much more from that era. You can access the computer to look up friends and family who have served in the CCC, and find out what camp they were in and what their unit built and maintained. Free admission.

The CCC was enacted by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on June 28th, 1937. The CCC was instrumental in turning the Black Hills of SD into a tourist destination. They built the tunnels on Hwy 244 & 16A, they built the lakes (Pactola, Sheridan, etc.). Even present in the museum is the tools that built Harney Peak Fire Lookout! The CCC Museum is a must see destination for anyone interested in our history!

South Dakota Air & Space Museum

Official US Air Force museum with unique aviation gift shop.

The museum is open 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM seven days a week and is FREE!!

Our base bus tours have ended for the season but will resume in mid-May 2013.